This course, based on a series of weekly assignments and critiques, leads the student through a systematic and comprehensive investigation of the elements of the photographic language. Issues of the landscape, portrait, the constructed image, for example, are explored. Emphasis is also placed on expanding and refining one's technical control of the medium along with developing the ability to discuss and critique each other's work. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.
Prerequisites : PH 101 or PH 105 or permission of the instructor.
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. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.
Prerequisites : FN 101 or permission of the instructor.
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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.
Prerequisites : PH 101 -102 or permission of the instructor.
Prerequisites : PH 321
Prerequisites : FN 101 and PH 101
Prerequisites : PH 101-102
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.
Prerequisites : Major standing.
In this client based class, students will service the photographic needs of the Maine College of Art. Students will learn “hands on” to photograph, two dimensional, three dimensional, installation, portraiture, fashion and editorial style work in a professional setting. Students will be responsible for editing, scheduling shoots, deadlines, studio lighting, studio cleaning, equipment repairs, large format printing, and ordering supplies. Students will be expected to shoot for clients and attend and document a number of events outside of class. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.
Prerequisites : PH 350 Commercial Photography or permission of the instructor.
Prerequisites : PH 322
Prerequisites : PH 421
Fine Arts - Contemporary Topics and Practice is a studio/discussion course designed to provide historical ideas, context and ground for students to more clearly define their own studio work and relationship to art history. Group conversations, field trips, in-process critiques, workshops and/or visiting artists will assist students in establishing strategies for studio research in order to isolate, identify, and pursue a meaningful subject(s) within a personal and art historical context. Students will practice voicing their attitudes, opinions and conclusions about the topics discussed in seminar and gain more confidence talking about their own practice within larger issues of history, society, and culture outside of the art world. Scheduled concurrently with other sections of junior seminar, faculty and students will have the opportunity to meet as a larger group when appropriate. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.
Prerequisites : Must be majoring.
This one-semester course is designed to deliver professional development information to seniors through presentations and lectures pertinent to artists and designers. Topics from how to establish a studio/community to various ways of working with individuals and the public; to making a professional identity package and finances plus many more will be explored. In addition to lectures and tutorials, there may also be field trips connected to appropriate topics, as well as visiting artists and professionals such as a CPA and Maine Arts Commission. Class projects are designed to offer specific experiences and skills pertinent to the student’s professional development. Sections will be split to focus on area-specific professional information and assignments. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 2.5 hours/week.\
Prerequisites : Must be majoring.
This course is taken in the final semester of the senior year. It is an integral course with the studio practice. Students will be led through a guided research and writing process to identify and explore what their inspirations are for their studio work, how those interests are played out historically and what their relevance is to contemporary art and culture. The class will culminate in a fully articulated written thesis that explains and details their thesis work. Students will present their ideas at various points throughout the semester and conversations will be held about the ideas underlying their work both in the classroom and in individualized studio visits. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 3 hours/week.
Prerequisites : Must be in your senior year.