Biomedical and Forensic Photography

Biomedical and Forensic

The Biomedical and Forensic Photography specialization is for students with a combined interest in photography, biology, and criminal justice. Acceptance into the Biomedical and Forensic Photography specialization is not guaranteed. Photography majors must apply to the specialization, usually prior to the junior year of the program. Acceptance requires a combination of a successful interview and portfolio review with the Director of the Forensic Imaging Bureau of the Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office, and successful completion of BIO 220 Human Anatomy and PHO 394 Biomedical and Forensic Practicum (a 3-credit on-site photography practicum taken during summer). It is recommended that this process be completed prior to the junior year.

An integral part of this program is PHO 499, a 21 week, 12 credit intensive internship at the Forensic Imaging Bureau to be completed as the final requirement for graduation. This internship fulfills the University's requirement for an integrative experience.

Biomedical and Forensic Photography Core (51 Credits)

ART 101B
2D Design
3 credits
Introduction to basic two‑dimensional design concepts, theory and techniques through the study of the principles and elements of art. Color theory and linear perspective will be introduced. (Special fee)
PHO 203
Basic Photography
3 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)
PHO 303
Intermediate Photo – Film
3 credits
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)
PHO 305
Computer Imaging I
3 credits
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 313
Intermediate Photo – Digital
3 credits
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)
PHO 394
Biomedical and Forensic Practicum
3 credits
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.
PHO 405
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PHO 406
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PHO 419
Advanced Digital Imaging
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Advanced Digital Photographic Imaging
or
Digital Fine Art Printing
3 credits

3 credits

3 credits
PHO 405 – Advanced Digital Imaging
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)

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PHO 406 – Advanced Digital Photographic Imaging
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)

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PHO 419 – Digital Fine Art Printing
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)
PHO 411
Lighting Techniques
3 credits
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)
PHO 412
Studio Lighting
3 credits
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)
PHO 420
History of Photography
3 credits
An overview of the evolution of photography from its invention in the 1800s up to contemporary experimental work.
PHO 487
Senior Seminar
3 credits
Advanced student work on an independent project; emphasis on the development of one’s personal form of expression within the student’s area of interest. This course will also introduce the student to professional practices and procedures of the photo/art world to assist the students to professionally organize and market their work. To be taken during the student’s final semester in correlation with the senior exhibition. Upon completion of their senior exhibition, students are required to provide the department with a complete set of slides or digital images of their exhibition work. Prerequisite: Graduating senior photography major. (Special fee)
PHO 499B
Biomedical/Forensic Internship
3 credits
For Photography majors in the Biomedical/Forensic Specialization, this includes practical experience within a professional setting. A 3‑12 credit Internship at an approved Biomedical and Forensic location or the 12 credit (twenty‑one week) full time internship at the Forensic Imaging Bureau of the Miami‑Dade County Medical Examiner’s Office. Prior approval of the Department Chair, Dean, and the Director of Forensic Imaging Bureau is required. Prerequisites: second semester senior status (108 credit hours), 2.50 overall GPA, in addition successful completion of all required coursework and the PHO 394 Practicum (Biomedical and Forensic). All paperwork must be completed before the end of the semester preceding the internship.

Photography Electives
(Choose 6 Credits From The List Below)

PHO 300
Special Topics in Photography
3 credits
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.
PHO 309
Pinhole Photography
3 credits
Students design and construct cameras to produce unique color and black and white photographs through the use of paper and film negatives. (Special fee)
PHO 315
Photojournalism
3 credits
Emphasis upon direct visual communication and effective photographic documenting of events. Prerequisite: PHO 203. (Special fee) (Also JOU 315)
PHO 359/459
Independent Study
3 credits
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)
PHO 394/494
Photography Practicum I
3 credits
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.
PHO 401
Color Photography
3 credits
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)
PHO 402
Color Processes
3 credits
An exploration of various color processes including printing from color negatives, and making color transfers. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)
PHO 405
Advanced Digital Imaging
3 credits
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)
PHO 406
Advanced Digital Photographic Imaging
3 credits
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)
PHO 407
View Camera
3 credits
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)
PHO 408
Large Format Photography
3 credits
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)
PHO 415
Influences of the Masters
3 credits
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)
PHO 416
Alternative Process Photography
3 credits
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
PHO 417
Manipulated Photography
3 credits
Exploration of alternative methods of making and displaying photographic images. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)
PHO 419
Digital Fine Art Printing
3 credits
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)
PHO 421
History of Photography, Film and Art
3 credits
ion 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.
PHO 426
Documentary Photography
3 credits
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)
PHO 429
Fine Art Digital Portfolio
3 credits
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)

Biomedical And Forensic Photography Co-Requisites (10 Credits)

BIO 220/220L
Introductory Human Anatomy
4 credits
Gross human anatomy with laboratory, including dissection of the mink. 3 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. Corequisite: BIO 220L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)Corequisite: BIO 220L (special fee) (Fall, Spring, Summer)
BIO 307/307L
Biology of Crime
3 credits
This is a survey course which emphasizes the use of modern scientific procedures to supply biological information and evidence used in criminal investigations. These methods will be discussed in class and the methods applied in the laboratory. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours laboratory weekly. The concepts include: DNA fingerprinting, ABO blood grouping, blood spatter pattern analysis, forensic anthropology, hair and fiber analysis, forensic toxicology, forensic entomology, arson, bioterrorism and other methodologies used in forensic investigations. Prerequisites: 3 hours of college level math, Junior or Senior status and/or permission from the instructor. Credits do not count toward Biology major.
CRM 200
Introduction to Criminology
3 credits
A comprehensive introduction to the study of crime, criminality, and the accompanying social responses. Includes a survey of various theoretical analyses of social order, crime, law, justice, and punishment/rehabilitation. The socio‑ historical responses to the construction and control of crime and criminals are also studied.
3 credits
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