Course Catalog - Maine College of Art

Fall 2018 Course Schedule 
Spring 2019 Course Schedule


    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.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    PH 232

    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.

    Prerequisites : PH 102

    3 credits
    PH 322

    Photography Majors Studio 

    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.

    Prerequisites : Major Standing

    3 credits
    PH 325

    Directorial Photography & 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 create 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.

    Prerequisites : FN 101 and PH 101 

    3 credits
    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.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    3 credits
    PH 422

    Photography Majors Studio 

    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.

    Prerequisites : PH 321/322 and PH 421.

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio (Craft, Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration and Design)

    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.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring

    3 credits