Photo Archive, Book + Portfolio
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
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. The course 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: Digital Photo Imaging I
Course No. PHV 201M Credits: 3.0
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. Offered spring.
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 225-325-425 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 - Internship (EP)
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 services office, with advance permission of instructor and department chair. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement.
Joseph received his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Photography & Film from Virginia Commonwealth Universit...more
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