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Photography + Video Courses

Photo Archive, Book + Portfolio

Course No. PHV 350  Credits: 3.0
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: PHV 296 or PHV 201 Digital Photo Imaging or instructor’s signature. Open elective. Offered spring.

Alternative Photographic Processes

Course No. PHV 391-491  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Photo 1: Introduction to Photography | Digital Photo Imaging I for Non-Majors

This course investigates the historical processes, contemporary practices, and concepts of alternative photography. This includes non-silver techniques, hand-applied emulsions, chemical, digital and hybrid processes for photographic imaging. Processes demonstrated may include Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Wet Plate Collodion, Platinum-Palladium, Liquid Emulsion and silver and non-silver toning options. Large format negatives for non-silver processes are generated using conventional film cameras, paper and digital negatives as well as photogram and pinhole photography. This course is project-based, involves research and experimentation, and is conducted through hands-on demos and instructional workshops. Open Studio elective. Recommended for Photography majors. Prerequisites: PHV 295 Photo I: Intro to Photography or; PHV 201 Digital Photo Imaging I, or instructor signature. Open Studio elective.

Photo 3: Advanced Digital Projects

Course No. PHV 395  Credits: 3.0
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: PHV 295 Photo I: Intro to Photography; PHV 296 Photo 2: Digital Imaging or PHV 201 Digital Photo Imaging or instructor signature. Open Studio elective. Offered fall.

Video/Digital Cinema II: Sculpting in Time

Course No. PHV 397-497  Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Video/Digital Cinema I: Screen Grammar

This advanced studio course expands upon the knowledge of students who have successfully completed the Video/Digital Cinema I and Studio Lighting Fundamentals coursework. A working knowledge of Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere is requisite. This class is designed for further exploring the use of digital cinema as a cinematic tool, a method of artistic expression and communication. Topics include continuity, discontinuity, montage style editing, color grading, compositing, special effects and composition within the frame. Emphasizing the relationship between image and sound, students examine the concept of sound as a material with basic structural properties that may be manipulated, layered and edited. Students explore methods of composition using various sound materials in assigned projects. Required of photography majors in the video track. Open Elective. Prerequisites: PHV 267 Video/Dig Cinema I or signature of the faculty. Open studio elective. 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.

Photo Major 4.1: BFA Thesis + Research

Course No. PHV 495M  Credits: 3.0

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.

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