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Students Prints

Photography students examining their classmates' prints.

203 Basic Photography (3)
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 camera required; limited number of rental cameras available. (Special fee)

206 Digital Photography I (3)
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 (minimum of 4 Mega Pixels with shutterspeed and aperture priority options). For non-majors only. Prerequisite: CS 180 or equivalent. (Special fee)

300 Special Topics (3)
Courses designed to enrich the student's understanding and appreciation of the photography as an art form and to fill specific needs or interests. Content to be determined.

303 Intermediate Photography - Film (3)
Projects involving abstraction and character-portraits allow the student to creatively refine techniques of basic photography; new areas such as hand coloring, toning, high contrast ortho film and solarization are explored. Prerequisite: PHO 203. (Special fee)

305 Computer Imaging I (3)
Students explore the usage of the computer to make and manipulate photographic images. Tools and techniques include color balancing, painting, cloning, text, and making composite photographs. Prerequisite: CAT 101 or 102 or CS 180 or equivalent. (Special fee)

309 Pinhole Photography (3)
Students construct cardboard cameras which produce high quality photographs through usage of paper negatives and positives. Sepia toning, hand coloring, and matting will also be included. (Special fee)

313 Intermediate Photography - Digital (3)
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.

315 Photojournalism (3)
Emphasis upon direct visual communication and effective photographic documenting of events. Prerequisite: PHO 203. (Special fee) (Also JOU 315)

359 Independent Study (3)
Opportunity for research in areas of special interest to the student. Prerequisites: Senior status (90+ 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)

394 Photography Practicum I (1-3)
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.

401 Color Photography (3)
Introduction to printing color enlargements from color negatives using automated RA-4 processing. Emphasis on creative usage of color and quality color printing techniques. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)

402 Color Processes (3)
An exploration of various color processes including printing from color negatives, and making polaroid transfers. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)

404 Advanced Photography (3)
Students work on photographic projects where they may explore personal, aesthetic or technical interests through the development of an individualized photographic series. Prerequisite PHO 303. (Special Fee)

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.
Prerequisite: PHO 305; and PHO 206 or PHO 313. (Special fee)

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. Prerequisite: PHO 305; and PHO 206 or PHO 313. (Special fee)

407 View Camera (3)
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)

408 Large Format Photography (3)
Perspective and scale are important factors to be considered when two-dimensional art is being created. In this course perspective and depth of field are manipulated with the view camera's unique controls to provide students with additional creative options. Large scale printing in either black and white and/or color introduces the important element of scale into the student's portfolios of original images. Prerequisite: PHO 303 (Special fee)

411 Lighting Techniques (3)
An exploration of the essence of photography: Light. Projects involve usage of on camera flash natural, available, incandescent lighting. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee).

412 Studio Lighting (3)
Artificial lighting provides new creative tools which may offer photographers avenues for original and inventive solutions to visual problems. Students will be exposed to the workings of a photographic lighting studio. Projects will involve using monolights, power pack strobes, with studies of various types of lighting which characterize the styles of contemporary artists as well as those of the past. Prerequisite: PHO 401 or PHO 402. (Special fee)

415 Influences of the Masters (3)
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 and PHO 420 or 421.

417 Manipulative Photography (3)
A course designed for students wishing to explore alternative methods of making and displaying photographic images. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)

419 Digital Fine Art Printing (3)
Shooting and printing of fine art digital images, using several different printing methods with various archival and non-archival papers. The emphasis of the course is in the development of a coherent digitally printed body of creative photographic imagery, printed to the highest of professional standards. Prior knowledge of computer basics (Mac) and Adobe Photoshop required. Prerequisite: CS 180, PHO 401 or PHO 402, PHO 313.

420 History of Art/Photography (3)
An art history overview of the evolution of photography from its invention in the 1820's up to contemporary experimental work.

421 History of Photography, Film and Art (3)
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.

429 Fine Art Digital Portfolio (3)
The emphasis of the course is the development of a cohesive body of work. The class will cover digital portfolio making 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.

459 Independent Study (3)
Opportunity for research in areas of special interest to the student. Prerequisites: Senior status (90+ 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)

487 Senior Seminar (3)
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 of their exhibition work. Prerequisite: Graduating senior photography major. (Special fee)

494 Photography Practicum II (1-3)
Practical development of advanced photographic skills beyond the objectives of regular course offerings. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: PHO 394 and permission of Department Chair.

499 Internship (3)
Practical experience within a professional setting. Prerequisites: Senior status (90+ credit hours); 2.50 overall GPA; all paperwork must be completed before the end of the semester preceding the internship. Permission of Department Chair.

499 Biomedical/Forensic Internship (12)
Practical experience within a professional setting. For Photography majors in the Biomedical/Forensic track, a six-month 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 BIO 220 Human Anatomy, and PHO 394 Biomedical and Forensic Practicum; all paperwork must be completed before the end of the semester preceding the internship.

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