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The Fine Art of Silver Print

Course No. PHV 270-370-470  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Nancy McEntee
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography

This is an advanced level black and white silver printing class. We will investigate advanced film exposure and archival printing techniques, fine art printing papers, developer combinations and toning procedures to produce full tonal range darkroom prints. Medium and large format cameras will be demonstrated and utilized. Projects for this class include an in-depth self-assignment finalized in a portfolio of archival silver prints. We will also view master fine art prints at local galleries, museums and collections. Required for sophomore Photography majors. Prerequisites: PHV 295 Photo I: Intro to Photography or instructor’s signature. Open Studio elective. Offered spring.

Fundamentals of Studio Lighting

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

This course is designed to cover fundamentals of Studio Lighting, equipment and techniques for Fine Art and Commercial Photography and Video. Faculty provides a balance of assignments, demonstrations lectures, critiques, visiting artist lectures and workshops. 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. Required for sophomore photography majors. Prerequisites: PHV 295 Photo I: Intro to Photography or instructor signature. Open Studio elective. Offered spring.

Advanced Studio Lighting

Course No. PHV 293X-393X-493X  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Fundamentals of Studio Lighting

This is an advanced-level course that facilitates discussion of the visual language of lighting for photographic processes in the larger context of contemporary art, photography, cinema, and digital media. Building on skills learned in Fundamentals of Studio Lighting, Advanced Studio Lighting expands the student’s knowledge of controlled artificial light. This course emphasizes the process involved to produce a portfolio of both portrait and product images, in a coherent body of work based on a theme, concept, or selected subject matter. The course focuses on how photographers and filmmakers use lighting as an element of storytelling. Students investigate the theory and practice of lighting within the history of photography and cinema lighting design. A component of the course engages students collaboratively to develop and execute lighting for a variety of scenes, presented for peer critique. Coursework also includes regular screenings and discussions of films, written papers and lab exercises. Prerequisite: PHV 292 Fundamentals of Studio Lighting.

Photo 1: Introduction to Photography

Course No. PHV 295  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jerry Birchfield Jr

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 296  Credits: 3.0
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. Prerequisite of PHV 295 Photo I: Intro to Photography. Open Studio elective. Offered spring.

Video/Digital Cinema I: Screen Grammar

Course No. PHV 297  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Jacob Koestler

This course is designed as an introduction, both to the craft of digital filmmaking and to the appreciation of film as a premier medium of communication, entertainment, and art. Using the tools of digital cinema, computer graphics, audio and other electronic media, this course focuses on the design elements and thought processes inherent in effective audio/visual communications. Hands-on features work in digital cinematography, lighting, audio production and mixing, and non-linear editing, as well as support activities such as scripting, research, brainstorming and storyboarding. Emphasis is placed on creative thinking and problem solving, with both group and individual projects required. This course is intended to be an introduction to a very broad area, rather than an in-depth concentration in one subject. Required of Photography majors. Open Elective. Offered fall and spring.

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.

Documentary Video

Course No. PHV 341-441  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Deborah Pinter
Prerequisite(s) Video/Digital Cinema I: Screen Grammar

This is an advanced elective video course: This course is designed to improve observational, analytical, organizational, creative and production skills. Students will explore the ways in which digital technology can transform contemporary visual culture, and fracture the predictable. Students will be encouraged to experiment with new presentation methods, and develop innovative techniques for combining sight and sound, light and word. Required of Photo Majors in the Video track. Prerequisite: PHV 297 Video/Digital Cinema I or permission of the faculty. Open Studio elective. Offered spring.

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