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Photography + Video Courses

Experimental Film + Video Art

Course No. PHV 240-340-440  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jacob Koestler | Sarah Paul
Prerequisite(s) Video/Digital Cinema I: Screen Grammar

This is an advanced video course, investigating the scope of symbolic and improvisatory cinematic storytelling. Students will explore unconventional methods of video acquisition, manipulation, processing, editing and display. Students will be able to delve into media hybrids, rather than established narrative forms, underscoring metaphorical poetic styles that inform the structure of the work. Emphasis is on the development of acute observational skills and innovative visualization techniques and encourages divergent thinking and cognitive flexibility. This course is for students who have a sustained interest in using video and digital cinema’s technologies as part of their art making. Required of Photo majors in the Video track. Open studio elective. Prerequisite: PHV267 Video/Digital Cinema I or signature of instructor.

Fundamentals of Studio Lighting (EP)

Course No. PHV 292-392-492  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography

Designed to cover fundamentals of Studio Lighting, equipment and techniques for Fine Art and Commercial Photography and Video. Students are provided access to the Photography + Video Department’s Lighting Studio and Digital Print Lab. Materials required are based on processes pertaining to projects. Projects include: technical and conceptual skills, and problem solving for tabletop, product, location, and large-scale studio photography. Faculty provide a balance of assignments, demonstrations lectures, critiques, visiting artist lectures and workshops. Required for sophomore Photo majors. Prerequisites: PHV 295 Photo I: Intro to Photography or instructor signature. Open studio elective. Offered spring.



Installation + Constructed Objects

Course No. PHV 226-326-426  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography

This course is a special topic course designed to cover the design, construction and lighting of installations, stage sets, and performance spaces. Students will investigate contemporary applications and approaches to subjects specifically composed for the camera and document
installations that exist outside of the studio environment, with an emphasis on the genre’s relationship to historical and contemporary theatre. Workshops include cameras, studio lighting, basic electricity and carpentry, with an emphasis on scenery design. Students will plan and create small-scale models of stage designs; scale up these designs, and document their design. This course is designed for the photography major and any students working in installation or industrial design but is open to all majors. This course is cross-listed with Visual Arts. Open Studio Elective. Prerequisite: PHV 295 Photo I: Introduction to Photography or instructor’s signature.

Introduction to Photojournalism

Course No. PHV 235-335-435  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography

This course investigates photojournalism’s history and significance in contemporary culture. Concepts covered include vocabulary and components of visual expression, avenues for dissemination, and issues of communication through publication. Investigation techniques and editorial practices are explored. An introduction to photojournalistic techniques and tools, is included in the course work. Open Studio Elective. Prerequisite: PHV 295 Photo I: Intro to Photography or instructor signature.

Landscape Photography

Course No. PHV 232X-332X-432X  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography

This course will provide an exploration of historical and contemporary approaches to landscape photography. Students will gain a better understanding of their approach to landscape photography within the broader context of contemporary art and society. Included in this course are visual and written investigations of the aesthetic, social, cultural and environmental philosophies relating to the landscape. Open studio elective. Recommended for Photography majors. Prerequisite: PHV295 Photo 1: Intro to Photography.

Photo 1: Introduction to Photography

Course No. PHV 295  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jerry Birchfield Jr | Joseph Minek | Nancy McEntee

This course covers the fundamentals of digital and film SLR cameras, optics, exposure ratio, digital and B&W printing techniques. Lectures and demonstrations address digital workflow, file archiving, output for various applications and digital image development and film processing. Introductory lighting tools and documentation of artwork for professional applications is covered. Required for sophomore Photography majors. Open studio elective. Offered fall.

Photo 2: Digital Imaging

Course No. PHV 201M  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Jo Toles
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography

This is an advanced studio course directed for the photography major that provides the technical and aesthetic fundamentals of digital photographic imaging for creative application. Students gain experience and skill working through each step of the production process, from image capture to computer modification, manipulations, and enhancement of images. This course fosters an engagement in a comprehensive digital workflow focused toward the production and presentation of professional quality work for portfolio and exhibition. Students gain proficiency in the use of Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw and Lightroom 5 to make use of the creative options this software facilitates. Required for sophomore Photography majors. Open studio elective. Prerequisite of PHV295 Photo I: Intro to Photography. Offered spring.

Photo 3: Advanced Digital Projects

Course No. PHV 395  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Jo Toles
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography | Digital Photo Imaging I for Non-Majors | Photo 2: Digital Imaging

Advanced Digital Projects is an advanced studio art course in digital image-making concepts and techniques, allowing in-depth exploration of extended computer-based photo, large format and compositing projects. Digital imaging skills are advanced working with Adobe Creative Cloud’s latest advancements to Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, Camera Raw, and Lightroom. Aesthetic issues are balanced with technical aspects of production, promoted through research into both artistic concerns and specific skill sets tailored to individual projects. Class structure combines demonstration and tutorials with hands-on, project-based activities applying acquired techniques, and provides opportunity for in-class discussion, critiques and presentations. Students are expected to demonstrate time management skills, work independently and meet deadlines. Required for photography majors in the photo track. Prerequisites: PHV295 Photo I: Intro to Photography; PHV296 Photo 2: Digital Imaging or PHV201 Digital Photo Imaging or instructor signature. Open studio elective. Offered fall.

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Photography major Emma Howell '14 built a camera that prints images on handblown glass. Wired.com published this feature story on Howell's remarkable achievement.

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Nancy McEntee

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