A Photography Certificate is suggested for individuals wishing to study only Photography and are not interested in earning an academic degree. Non-degree seeking students have the option of earning a Photography Certificate by successfully completing 30 credits of PHO Photography courses with a minimum grade of C. Please refer to admissions policies for non-degree seeking students.
Photography Certificate Courses (30 Credits)
An introduction to Photography with emphasis placed upon technical, aesthetic, and historical perspectives of this fine art medium. Camera and black and white darkroom procedures are explored. Adjustable film camera required; limited number of rental cameras available. (Special fee)
An introduction to digital camera operation, to include manipulation of shutterspeeds and apertures as well as basic computer techniques. Emphasis is placed upon technical, aesthetic, and historical perspectives of the medium of photography and digital photography as a fine art. Digital camera required (camera must be approved by instructor). For non‑majors only. May not be taken if a student has already completed PHO 313. Prerequisite: CS 180 or equivalent. (Special fee)
Courses designed to enrich the student’s understanding and appreciation of photography as an art form and to fill specific needs or interests. Content to be determined.
Projects involving abstraction and character‑portraits allow the student to creatively refine techniques of PHO 203 Basic Photography; new areas such as hand coloring, toning, high contrast ortho film and solarization are explored. Prerequisite: PHO 203. (Special fee)
Students use the computer to make and manipulate photographic images. Tools and techniques include color balancing, painting, cloning, text, and making composite photographs. Pre or Co‑requisite: CS 180 or equivalent or by Permission of Instructor. (Special fee)
Students design and construct cameras to produce unique color and black and white photographs through the use of paper and film negatives. (Special fee)
This course is an exploration of digital image capture techniques, workflow, and digital output. Emphasis is placed upon technical, aesthetic, contemporary, and historical perspectives of the medium of digital photography as a fine art. DSLR camera required (or equivalent, see faculty for approval). Prerequisites: CS 180, PHO 203, and PHO 305. (Special fee)
Emphasis upon direct visual communication and effective photographic documenting of events. Prerequisite: PHO 203. (Special fee) (Also JOU 315)
Opportunity for research in areas of special interest to the student. Prerequisites: Senior status (901 credit hours); 2.50 overall GPA; all paperwork must be completed before the end of the semester preceding the Independent Study. Dean and Department Chair approval. For majors only. (Special fee)
Practical development of photographic skills beyond the objectives of regular course offerings. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: PHO 303 and permission of Department Chair.
Printing color enlargements from color negatives using automated RA‑4 processing. Emphasis on creative use of color and quality color printing techniques. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)
An exploration of various color processes including printing from color negatives, and making color transfers. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)
A refined study of digital manipulation through the use of image editing software. More complex layer techniques, use of scanner as an input device, various source materials and non‑traditional presentations are explored. Discussions will include aesthetics and ethics of using digitally modified images. Prerequisites: PHO 305 and either PHO 206 or PHO 313 or permission of instructor. (Special fee)
Application of advanced digital camera techniques as an expressive visual medium along with the use of image editing software. The class will reinforce digital photographic manipulation skills, as well as discussions about digital artists, critical thinking, and aesthetics in relation to personal creativity and expression. Prerequisites: PHO 305 and either PHO 206 or PHO 313 or permission of instructor. (Special fee)
Projects provide exploration of the view camera. Student’s photographic experiences are broadened through take‑ home access to the University’s view cameras. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)
Perspective and scale are important factors to be considered when two‑dimensional art is being created using medium and large format cameras. Large scale printing in either black and white and/or color introduces the important element of scale into the student’s images. Prerequisite: PHO 303 (Special fee)
An exploration of a variety of lighting techniques. Projects involve use of natural, available, incandescent, on‑ camera flash, and studio strobe lighting. Prerequisite: PHO 303 or PHO 313. (Special fee)
Students will learn artificial lighting techniques in a studio setting to provide creative solutions to visual problems. The class will cover discussions about the principles of light and its impact on personal expression, as well as past and contemporary visual artists’ use of light. Prerequisite: PHO 303 or PHO 313 (Special fee)
A combination of art history and applied studio study. Styles and techniques of selected creative photographic masters will be studied, analyzed, and discussed. Students will then create their own original photographic images reflecting the influence, subject matter, and techniques of those master photographers. Prerequisites: PHO 303. (Special fee)
This course will explore various photographic processes that are an alternative to contemporary photographic image‑making techniques. Photographic techniques used throughout the history of the medium have subtle qualities and properties that are unique in their creative possibilities. The use of precious metals to produce images is the basis for all photography prior to the introduction of digital (electronic) photography. These images created from metals are not only distinctive but extremely stable as well. Historical references and examination of the work of contemporary photographers using these techniques will accompany assignments. Pre‑requisite: PHO 303 and either PHO 313 or PHO 305. (Special fee)
Exploration of alternative methods of making and displaying photographic images. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)
An advanced course investigating the printing of fine art digital images. Several types of digital printers and substrates will be utilized. A component of the course is the development of a coherent digitally printed body of creative photographic imagery. Prerequisites: CS 180, PHO 313. (Special fee)
An overview of the evolution of photography from its invention in the 1800s up to contemporary experimental work.
Integration of the stylistic and technical developments in the history of photography, cinema, and painting from 1839 to the present. Emphasis upon the interrelationship of aesthetic movements and cross‑fertilizing influence of the different media. Analysis of classic movies as representative examples from film history.
Documentary Photography will explore the use of the camera as a tool for documentation. Emphasis will be placed on the development of individual and group projects dealing with topics which arise from cultural, political, and social issues that focus on truth and justice. Historical references and examination of the work of documentary photographers will accompany assignments. Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (or equivalent) required. Pre‑requisite: PHO 313. (Special fee)
The emphasis of the course is the development of a cohesive body of work. The class will cover making a digital portfolio using printed and time‑based digital media techniques, sequencing, and narrative structure. Photographic artists, critical thinking, and aesthetics in relation to personal creativity and expression will be discussed. Prerequisites: CS 180, PHO 313. (Special fee)