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Photography + Video Courses

Photo Archive, Book + Portfolio

Course No. PHV 350  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Jo Toles
Prerequisite(s) Digital Photo Imaging I for Non-Majors | Photo 2: Digital Imaging

This course advances the student’s knowledge of professional practice standards for archival media, emphasizing the photographic book and photographic portfolio. Work is project-based, focused on production of portfolios and books that incorporate the photographic image as an essential element. The photographic image is considered in context relevant to its function as primary artwork, documentation, as record of process or used in reference to concepts. Portfolios and photographic books are explored as an individualized expression of one’s professional work. Required for Photography majors in the Photo track. Prerequisite: PHV296 or PHV201 Digital Photo Imaging or instructor’s signature. Open elective. Offered spring.

Photo Major 2.1: Narrative Structures

Course No. PHV 267  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Mary Jo Toles

Narrative Structures is an intensive study in visual thinking for the photography major designed to utilize the creative potentials for both single and multiple image narrative. In this course, students investigate visual narrative constructs for linear and nonlinear storytelling with both digital and film-based media. Encourages interdisciplinary experimentation to examine methods of production for traditional, digital and diverse media to communicate both idea and
process. Required for sophomore Photography majors. Offered fall.

Photo Major 2.2: Sophomore Seminar

Course No. PHV 268  Credits: 3.0

This course serves as an introduction to the rigors of studio practice, fundamentals of critical theory and development of an individualized and cohesive portfolio. This course engages the student in research, writing, creative content, and project development. Students gain an ability to visualize and verbally articulate their ideas, understanding the semantics of visual communication, augmented through a schedule of directed readings and range of critique strategies. This active and immersed practice positions the student’s work in relation to the larger arena of historical and contemporary art in a social context. Required of sophomore Photo majors. Offered spring.

Photo Major 3.1: Contemporary Color Photography: Theory + Practice

Course No. PHV 325  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood

This course is designed to investigate the contemporary applications of color in photography while developing a working knowledge of color theory in relationship to photographic practice. The course includes a wide range of color-based techniques and an exploration of subtractive and additive color as they pertain to digital and chemical photographic processes. The interaction between light, pigmentation, and photographic materials will also be covered and realized in production of an in-depth color technical notebook. Required for photography majors in the photo track. Open studio elective.

Photo Major 3.2: Visual Thinking in Contemporary Photography

Course No. PHV 330  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barry Underwood

In this course, photographic theories, modes and structures will be examined through the issues of narrative and aesthetics. Students will examine contemporary practices, which have emerged with respect toward photography, and hybrid digital media that transmute photographic theories, concepts, forms, and processes. The course will investigate the ways in which photography continues to affect (visual) culture and the way one perceives and understands. The work of selected photographers will provide a framework for comparing photographic philosophies. Required for Photography majors. Open studio elective with instructor’s signature. Offered spring.

Photo Major 4.1: BFA Thesis + Research

Course No. PHV 495M  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Nancy McEntee

In the fall semester, seniors produce their written BFA Thesis paper, required of all degree candidates. Students first establish a thesis topic, formulate an abstract and conduct research that leads to a thesis proposal. Research and production are finalized in the thesis paper. Throughout the semester students engage in critiques of work underway for the BFA exhibit and portfolio. Students hone critical and theoretical skills in photography by examining historical and contemporary practices that have emerged with respect to concepts and processes relevant to thesis topics, class discussion, and individual artistic pursuits. Students investigate these ideas through research, critical observation, discourse and writing. Course format maximizes the potential for dynamic group interaction and facilitates essential one-on-one exchange with faculty, BFA advisors and peers. In the senior year, Photography majors are expected to participate in professional opportunities to submit and present work in order to gain the confidence and skills necessary to communicate effectively to a broad range of audiences. Required for senior Photography majors. Offered fall.

Photography + Video: Internship

Course No. PHV 399-499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for student internships developed through the Career Center office, with advance permission of instructor and department chair.

Publication Photography

Course No. PHV 229-329-429  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Nancy McEntee
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography | Fundamentals of Studio Lighting (EP)

This course introduces students to careers as photographers in the advertising and editorial fields. Students will learn approaches for meeting the expectations of art directors and photo editors while providing creative input of their own. Emphasis is placed on networking, negotiating, understanding and producing contracts and invoices, as well as building a professional portfolio and developing professional marketing strategies. Field trips will be taken to professional photography studios and businesses. Assignments are designed to simulate practical work experiences. Open elective. Prerequisites: PHV 295 Photo I: Intro to Photography; PHV 292 Fundamentals of Studio Lighting, or Instructor signature.




Photo major who prints on glass makes headlines on Wired.com

Photo major who prints on glass makes headlines on Wired.com

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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Mary Jo Toles

Mary Jo Toles

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Professor of Photography and Digital Imaging at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Toles has contributed in her f...more

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