Photography Curriculum

Proposed schedule for completing Photography & Film BFA with a concentration in Photography

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Photography and Film with a concentration in Photography

FRESHMAN YEAR in Art Foundation: 32 credits

ARTF 131 Drawing Studio (3)
ARTF 132 Surface Research (3)
ARTF 133 Space Research (3)
ARTF 134 Time Studio (3)
ARTF 139 Project (1)
ARTF 139 Project (1)
ARTH 103 Survey (3)
ARTH 104 Survey (3)
Core UNIV 111 (3), Core curriculum
Core UNIV 112 (3)
Core Quantitative Literacy (3)
Core Social/Behavioral Science (3-4)

 


 

SOPHOMORE YEAR

FALL, 15-16 credits

PHTO 243 Darkroom (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: sophomore standing in the department. Manual 35mm film camera is required. Study of fundamental camera techniques and photographic processes including darkroom printing. Emphasizes professional standards, technical proficiency and individual artistic expression.
PHTO 280 Moving Pixels (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: sophomore standing in the department. Introduction to digital video, computer imaging and interactive multimedia as tools of artistic expression and social inquiry.
PHTO 281 Digital Imaging One (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. Prerequisite: sophomore standing in the department. Digital still image camera is required. Study of fundamental techniques and processes of digital image-making, including image capture, manipulation and digital printing. Emphasizes professional standards, technical proficiency and individual artistic expression.
Core Natural/Physical Science (3-4)
3-4 credit hours – a natural/physical sciences course from an approved list. Core curriculum
ARTH 270 History of the Motion Picture (3)
Semester courses; 3 lecture hours. 3, 3 credits. The history of development of the motion picture from its early beginnings to the present, with both technical and aesthetic consideration. Students engage in analysis and discussion after viewing selected films.

SPRING, 15 credits

PHTO 260 Experiments in Sequencing (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 243. Explores the history, contexts and applications of sequencing as a unifying artistic practice. Emphasis is placed on sequencing as it relates to visual communication and contemporary multimedia.
PHTO 307 Processes and Techniques (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 243. Explores alternative photographic techniques with an emphasis on handmade printing. Places various photographic practices and aesthetics in a historical context. Students develop personal awareness of their creative process in the pursuit of a conceptually coherent body of work.

Core UNIV 200 (3)
A research and academic writing course that emphasizes academic argument, information retrieval, analysis and documentation. A minimum grade of C is required. Core curriculum
School of Arts Elective (3)
Any course from the School of Arts
Core Humanities/Fine Arts (3)
A humanities/fine arts course from an approved list. Core curriculum


 

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL, 15 credits

PHTO 350 Concepts One (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: UNIV 200 or HONR 200 and PHTO 281. Students utilize the aesthetic and technical skills mastered in previous courses to explore photography as a conceptual tool. Emphasizes both historic and contemporary contextualizations of the medium and fosters development of a long-term, personal artistic project.
PHTO 381 Digital Imaging Two (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 281. Digital still image camera is required. Study of advanced techniques and processes of digital image-making, including advanced manipulation and color control and advanced digital printing. Emphasizes professional standards, technical proficiency and individual artistic expression.
PHTO 340 Lighting 1: Studio (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: PHTO 243 and PHTO 281. Introduces controlled lighting for still photography in the studio. Students use continuous light sources and professional grade strobe equipment to explore tabletop and portraiture photography through lectures and studio assignments. Emphasizes professional standards, technical proficiency and individual artistic expression.
ARTH 372 History of Photography (3)
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ARTH 103, ARTH 104 and UNIV 200 or HONR 200. Open to School of the Arts majors only. A survey of the photographic medium from its invention in the 1830s to the present.
GenEd Elective (3)
Any course from these range of subjects: ANTH, BIOL, CHEM, ECON, ENGL, ENVS, FRSC, HIST, HUMS, INSC, INTL, MASC, MATH, MGMT, PHIL, PHYS, POLI, PSYC, RELS, SCTS, SOCY, STAT, UNIV, WMNS, WRLD.

SPRING, 16 credits

PHTO 352 Concepts 2: Junior Project (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. Prerequisite: PHTO 350. Students complete a conceptually coherent body of work that engages with photography as an artistic medium. Course emphasizes advanced understanding of historical perspectives and critical theory as they relate to the development of a personal project.
PHTO 442 Lighting 2: Location (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 340. Explores photography using lighting design on location. Students concentrate on balancing and matching available lighting with electronic flash and continuous lighting tools. Emphasis is on the technical, professional and logistical skills required of a photographer working on location assignments and on using creative approaches to lighting and image design.
ENGL 215 Literature (3)
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An inquiry into literary texts, emphasizing critical thinking and close reading. Individual sections will focus on a unifying question or problem. Students will study selected texts and their times with an emphasis on developing skills in one or more of the following areas: reading, writing, research and/or oral communication.
Elective — Non-Major Arts Studio (4)
Any 4 credit studio course from any of these subjects: ARTS, COAR, CRAF, GDES, KINE, PAPR, SCPT
GenEd Elective (3)
Any course from these range of subjects: ANTH, BIOL, CHEM, ECON, ENGL, ENVS, FRSC, HIST, HUMS, INSC, INTL, MASC, MATH, MGMT, PHIL, PHYS, POLI, PSYC, RELS, SCTS, SOCY, STAT, UNIV, WMNS, WRLD.


 

SENIOR YEAR

FALL, 15 credits

PHTO 420 Senior Thesis One (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: senior standing in the department. Critical analysis and development of a yearlong creative thesis project with emphasis on the completion of a conceptually coherent body of work. Course emphasizes professional standards, technical proficiency and individual artistic expression informed by historical perspectives and critical theory.
PHTO 435 Professional Practice (3)
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Examines a range of business models, practices and tools applicable to building a career in photography and related artistic, commercial and media fields. Emphasizes practical skills, marketing, legal and ethical issues.
PHTO 474 Contemporary Critical Perspectives (3)
Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 352. Explores and interrogates multiple theories of representation and the aesthetic, ideological, ethical and cultural issues raised by contemporary photography and related media. Students will view work, read contemporary criticism, engage in discussion and produce original, critical writing.
School of Arts Elective (3)
Any course in the School of Arts
Open Elective (3)
Any course at the University

SPRING, 12 credits

PHTO 421 Senior Thesis Two (3)
Semester course; 2 lecture and 3 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHTO 420. Critical analysis and development of a yearlong creative thesis project with emphasis on the completion of a conceptually coherent body of work. Course emphasizes professional standards, technical mastery and individual artistic expression informed by historical perspectives and theory. This course is a capstone experience integrating effective oral, written and visual communication, critical thinking and advanced studio techniques.

Open Elective (3)
Any course at the University

Open Elective (3)
Any course at the University

Open Elective (3)
Any course at the University


 

Links

Art Foundation

University bulletin with official curriculum

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