Minor in Photography

Department of Fine Arts

Department of Fine Arts Minor in Photography

A Minor in Photography is recommended for any student that wants to expand upon their individual creativity and technical photography skills. This minor requires 21 credits of Photography courses including PHO 302, PHO 303, PHO 305 and either PHO 313 or PHO 206, plus 9 credits of PHO electives (electives may include a 3 credit Studio ART course). A minimum grade of C is required in all courses in order to receive the minor.

Required Courses (12 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)

  • 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)

  • PHO 206 - Digital Photography I
    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)

    PHO 313 – Intermediate Photo – Digital
    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)

Electives (Choose 9 Credits, may include only 1 Studio Art course)

  • Students design and construct cameras to produce unique color and black and white photographs through the use of paper and film negatives. (Special fee)

  • Emphasis upon direct visual communication and effective photographic documenting of events. Prerequisite: PHO 203. (Special fee) (Also JOU 315)

  • 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)

  • Introduction to clay as an art medium, using traditional handbuilding techniques and basic glazing and firing processes. (Special fee)

  • An introduction to the many tools involved in the creation of professional design problems including the Macintosh platform. Students will evaluate the assignments and solve these problems using the appropriate tools. A strong focus will be placed on technology and professional presentation skills. Computer software, one, two and four-color printing and the artistic processes of graphic design will be explored. (Special fee)

  • Introduction to basic wheel-throwing techniques on the potter’s wheel. Students will also be introduced to glazing wheel-thrown pieces. (Special fee)

  • Students will explore the specific skills necessary to design posters as a means of mass communication. Working with large text formats, students will develop skills in research, the development of concepts and content, analysis and editing, and technical execution of typographic solutions. Critical thinking will be employed as purposeful and reflective judgment about what to believe or what to do in response to observations made by the student when evaluating creative solutions. Prerequisite: ART 305.

  • An introduction to contemporary sculpture through the development of the student’s own concepts and ideas. A variety of building processes, materials and techniques will be explored. (Special fee)

  • A studio based art course that creatively examines traditional and alternative book structures in relation to narrative content. This course provides an overview of methods used in the making of handmade books. Lectures, demonstrations and discussions will introduce students to creative processes involved in book making, including: traditional and alternative book archival concerns, and methods for generating original images and text. The projects in this course will explore the interdependent relationship between form and content. Repeatable course by instructor permission. (Special fee)

  • In this course students will research and develop design elements which identify and advertise a corporation. Logos/trademarks, stationery, corporate collateral, uniforms, and vehicle identification will be researched, created and produced. All projects will be carried to final portfolio quality. Prerequisite: ART 305.

  • This course will be an exploration of design using text, typefaces and typographic technology to create professional typographic solutions. Typographic exercises will explore congruency between visual and verbal hierarchies, expressive use of typographic form, format/informational organization problems, and technical details of typographic specification and computer layout. In addition to a variety of projects focusing on typographic design, students will be expected to create and implement a new/unique typeface consisting of fifty-two characters and ten numbers. Prerequisites: ART 335.

  • The study of the collage medium of two dimensional art made by pasting together varying materials on a flat surface. Repeatable course. Prerequisites: ART 101A, 101B, or PHO 203 (Special fee).

  • The intent of this course is to provide an experience that integrates the design aesthetics learned in the graphic design into this web design course. In addition to reinforcement of design principles learned in previous design coursework, the use of current industry standard software products and end-to-end web site construction will be explored. The implementation of kinetic graphics as they are being used in the advertising and design industries will be an important component to this course of study. This course will place heavy focus on design principles, kinetic type, navigation and the visual interface of the website. Prerequisite:ART 367 (Special fee)

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