BFA Course Schedule: Fall 2020

BFA Course Schedule: Spring 2021

    Code
    Course
    Credits
    PH 105

    PH 105 Silver & Ink (Foundation Photography)

    This class introduces the vocabulary of photography, through a series of projects, designed to increase the student's perceptual and observational skills. Silver & Ink is a hybrid class that utilizes traditional and contemporary photographic materials & methods to mirror the foundation curriculum objectives. The first half of the semester is taught in the analogue darkroom, using a manual 35mm film camera, film processing and black and white gelatin silver printing. Monochromatic materials are used to explore: time, figure ground relationships, value, hierarchy, light, and content. During the second half of the class, students will transition to digital cameras and utilize the digital output facility. Color, temperature of light, elements of composition, content, the importance of context and how to make exhibition quality prints will be curricular focusses. Skill sets covered but not limited will be : use of manual cameras, image manipulation software and wide-format archival ink-jet printing. Emphasis is on exploring with a camera in order to understand the unique attributes of the medium; then to learn how to apply these properties to form, communication, description, and self-expression. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. No prerequisite.

    No Prerequisites

    3 credits
    PH 106

    PH 106 Medium Format 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.

    Prerequisites : PH 101 or PH 105 or permission of the instructor.

    3 credits
    PH 222

    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. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : FN 101 or permission of the instructor.

    3 credits
    PH 321

    PH 321 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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : PH 101 -102 or permission of the instructor.

    3 credits
    PH 322

    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. Major standing: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : PH 321

    3 credits
    PH 325

    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. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : FN 101 and PH 101

    3 credits
    PH 350

    PH 350 (AE) Commercial Photography

    Since the invention of photography, the photographic medium has had a strong alliance with both the commercial and fine art markets. In this class students explore those intersections as well as its diverging forks. Class time will be spent demonstrating advanced lighting techniques, working collaboratively, visits to commercial studios, and how to be a studio assistant. Weekly assignments will be given to support and strengthen techniques covered during class time. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : PH 101-102

    3 credits
    PH 351

    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.

    Prerequisites : Major standing.

    3 credits
    PH 375

    PH 375 Advanced Commercial Projects (Art Doc)

    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.

    3 credits
    PH 421

    PH 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.

    Prerequisites : PH 322

    3 credits
    PH 422

    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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : 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. Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Must be majoring.

    3 credits
    SEM 451

    Professional Studio

    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.

    3 credits
    SEM 452

    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/semester; 3 hours/week.

    Prerequisites : Must be in your senior year.

    3 credits