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Core curriculum (45 hours)
Examining the photographic medium from invention through contemporary uses and practices, this comprehensive survey course discusses the most important and influential movements of photography as it is used as a cultural force, a means of personal expression and an aesthetically-based medium.
PHOT502Photographic Technique and Signification
Photographic Technique and Signification
Examining a range of techniques applicable to the medium of photography, this course is a combination of demonstrations, lectures, assignments and critiques with an emphasis on the unification of technical choices and individual conceptual interests.
PHOT503Photography Portfolio Process
Photography Portfolio Process
Developing a portfolio that demonstrates a coherent vision, personal aesthetic and excellence in craft is the emphasis of this course. Students receive and participate in intensive critique of individual, self-directed, artistic projects in preparation for later graduate reviews. The course is designed to help students to successfully define, develop and edit a visually cohesive and formally sound body of work that makes evident the student's personal aesthetic.
In response to the complexity of the centers and peripheries of the art world, students are presented with a spectrum of theoretical discourses, art historical methodologies and art practices of the recent decades. An in-depth analysis of central artwork and its relationship to crucial issues of its cultural context is addressed.
PHOT706Documentary Photography I
Documentary Photography I
This graduate course is designed to familiarize students with the practical and historical fundamentals of the documentary photograph. Students learn, through examples and assignments, how to photograph in a documentary manner, and how to develop an authentic style within this genre.
This course explores the techniques, aesthetics and ethics of photographic image modification through the use of computer technology. Topics may include the use of scanners and other input devices, image editing software, various output options, projects in photomontage, layout and image sequencing, development of skills in color calibration, duo-tones, color separations and compositing.
Students engage in a technical study of photographic illustration in a studio setting. Photo illustration is based on a language whose vocabulary consists of sets, still life arrangements and models; a grammar of cameras, films and lighting systems; and a photographer who creates totally controlled images directed toward fine art, editorial and commercial application.
PHOT716Commercial Photography I
Commercial Photography I
In this graduate-level studio course, students are directed toward creating a body of work representational of the commercial marketplace. Students are exposed to diverse, image-driven assignments, working with interior studio spaces and exterior set-ups. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 715.
PHOT718Photography M.A. Portfolio
Photography M.A. Portfolio
This is a flexible, self-directed seminar/critique course that allows students maximum freedom to define and develop directions in personal artistic growth and evolution while receiving guidance and criticism in different contexts and from multiple viewpoints. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 715.
PHOT722Photographic Arts II
Photographic Arts II
This self-directed seminar/critique course continues the photographic arts series. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 718 or PHOT 719.
PHOT723Commercial Photography II
Commercial Photography II
This course is a continuation of Commercial Photography I, with more rigorous critiquing of images and a greater sense of commercial photographic issues. The course is conducted in a seminar style that affords timely discussions of current business practices within the field. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 716.
PHOT724Web Design for Photography
Web Design for Photography
Images created within this course are placed in the context of an operating website. Students focus on image optimization for Internet and intranet components, as well as CD and DVD publishing. Electronic imaging communication and aesthetics are emphasized in the context of a digital posting environment. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 714.
PHOT726Documentary Photography II
Documentary Photography II
In this course, students develop a clear photographic narrative using images in a sequential manner. Through thorough investigation and planning, students learn to express an idea or story in visual terms. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 706.
PHOT730Digital Printing Methodology
Digital Printing Methodology
Graduate students explore advanced technical controls of the printmaking workflows of digital imaging. Students experience input and output variances that affect the final print. Analysis and adjustment are expected in every stage of image production from black-and-white to color printing. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 714.
PHOT734Advanced Digital Craft
Advanced Digital Craft
In this course, the creation of advanced composite images takes place in the context of exploration of the philosophical and technical relationship between the camera and the computer. The course also presents the history, purposes and means of the electronic medium. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 714.
PHOT749Photography M.A. Final Portfolio
Photography M.A. Final Portfolio
This course focuses on each M.A. student’s personal vision and the many ways to present that vision through a final portfolio in printed and/or digital format. Students utilize compositional elements with appropriate descriptive methodologies in order to clearly communicate particular ideas or concepts. Students also are expected to develop appropriate business practices for their chosen field. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 718 or PHOT 722 and completion of the review for candidacy.
Total Course of Study: 45 hours