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PH 301 View Camera – Large Format Photography

Working with a view camera, students explore the unique aesthetic possibilities of the large negative. The zone system of exposure control, fine printing techniques, chemical formulation, archival processing and methods of presentation are also covered.  Elective: 3 credits/semester: 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: PH102 or permission of instructor.


PH 325 Directorial Photo & the Sculptural Image

Since the invention of photography image-makers such as Hippolite Bayard, F Holland Day and Julia Margaret Cameron have sought to have their pictures function in a fictional manner. DPOP encourages students to use photography in a more contemporary mode. The first part of the course students creates scenes that allow them to direct character's interactions and narratives often relating to cinematic sensibilities. Great emphasis will be placed on formal considerations such as framing, light, spatial relationships, and prop styling. The second part of the class students will use photography as a final interpretation (not documentation) of three-dimensional objects. The class will work independently and collaboratively to photograph sculptural objects and temporal installations. Through the use of light, point of view, and other common photographic techniques the class will strive to create images that transcend the object, or creation into a two-dimensional form. Elective: 3 credits/semester:

6 hours/week.   Prerequisites: FN 101 and PH 101

PH 351 Introduction to the Discipline

In its brief history, photography has surpassed all other visual media in the impact it has had on humankind. This course covers the history of photography from its practice, origins and philosophies in the 19th century to an up to the minute survey of contemporary works, ideas and photographic techniques to help establish your own position and philosophy as a disciplined photographer and artist. A philosophical discourse in how photography has shaped our social, cultural and artistic landscape in conjunction with your own work, experiments, opinions, choices for expression and practice will help form the core of this course. Introduction to the Discipline is a cross section of everything that is photography, while taking seriously its history, practice, philosophy and potential for your own self (what is it you want to say?) expression. Lectures and discussions based on a variety of readings address topics and issues surrounding the photography of both past and present. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 3-hours/ week.  Prerequisite: Major standing.


PH 101 Introduction to Photography

Students are introduced to the vocabulary of photography through a series of projects designed to increase their perceptual skills. Emphasis is on exploring the world with a camera in order to understand the unique properties of photographic form and then to learn how to use these properties for communication and self-expression. Exposure, development, and darkroom skills are taught concurrently. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.


PH 102 Intermediate Photography

This course, based on a series of weekly assignments and critiques, leads students through a systematic and comprehensive investigation of the elements of the photographic language. Issues of the landscape, the portrait and the constructed image are explored. Emphasis is placed on expanding and refining technical control of the medium and developing the ability to discuss and critique each other’s work. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: PH 101 or instructor permission.

PH 222 Digital Color Photography (also known as MC 350 Digital Color Photography)

Digital Color Photography introduces students to the concepts of the digital darkroom. Time will be spent studying the canon of color photography, and the artists using color materials as a primary means of expression. The primary goal of the class is to create a portfolio of exhibition quality inkjet prints.  Skill sets covered but not limited to: scanning of color films, use of digital cameras, image manipulation software, raster image processing software, color management and calibration tools.  3 credits/semester;6 hours/week. Prerequisite: FN 101 or instructor's permission.

PH 312 Narrative Cinematography

In this 3-credit studio course, students will explore the creative possibilities within the structure of short narrative cinema. Using Video and DSLR digital cameras and editing on final cut pro, the class will be lead through a series of assignments covering; development, pre-production, production, and post-production. Workings collaboratively, the class will write, shoot, promote and finally screen a short film in a public forum. Supplies: Hard drive, and props. Elective: 3 credits/semester: 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: FN 101  

PH 321 – 421 Photography Majors Studio

This is primarily a critique class in which each student can concentrate on a semester long self-directed project. Group critiques are supplemented by discussions of articles about issues in the contemporary photography/art world. Slides, videos and fieldtrips will also supplement the course work. The course is designed to encourage each student to explore his/her individual photographic concerns and style in depth before embarking on the Thesis Presentation during the senior year. 3credits/semester. A lab fee is charged, see rate schedule.   Major standing: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Prerequisite: PH 101 & PH 102 or permission from the instructor.

PH 322 – 422 Photography Majors Studio

PH 322-This critique class, supplemented with appropriate readings and slide presentations, is designed to allow each junior to explore the forms and content of his/her own work. Prerequisite: Basic Photography, Intermediate Photography or permission from the instructor. 3 credits/semester. A lab fee is charged, see rate schedule.

PH 422-This advanced project allows each student to work independently, with weekly group and individual critiques, to produce a body of work that can then be refined into a final presentation form--portfolio, exhibition, book, installation, etc.--for the Senior Thesis Exhibition. Editing, sequencing, and presentation methods are covered in detail.  Major standing: 3credits/semester; 6 hours/week.