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BFA Spring 2020 – Course Catalog

    PH 102

    Intermediate Photography

    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. Prerequisite: PH101 or permission of the instructor.

    Prerequisites : PH 101

    Additional Notes : Elective: 6 hours/week

    3 credits
    PH 222

    Color Photography

    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.

    Prerequisites : FN 101 or instructor's permission

    3 credits
    PH 302

    Documentary Methods

    This course explores the many variations - Historical and contemporary - of the oldest and, perhaps, the purest use of the camera. Through exposure to a lot of work and discussion of its philosophy and assumptions, the student is encouraged to develop a personal interpretation of the documentary approach to the world.

    Prerequisites : PH 101 or PH 222 or permission of the instructor

    3 credits
    PH 310

    Alternative Processes

    This class explores photography’s rich history of invention. We will study the mediums early printing processes while discovering their distinctive characteristics. The course will work with, but are not limited to, Tintypes, Kallitypes, Platinum & Palladium, and Salt prints. Students will create a portfolio of new work using outdated technology, attempting to give their work contemporary relevance in a digital age.

    Prerequisites : PH 232 or permission of the instructor.

    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 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 353

    3YR Seminar: Fine Art Topics - Practice

    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.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    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
    SEM 452

    Senior Synthesis

    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/ 6 hours per semester.

    Prerequisites : Major standing

    Additional Notes : Major Requirement: 6 hours/week

    3 credits