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PHOT 113RA UNDERSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOT 154IA EXPLORING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOT 154IA EXPLORING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (ONLINE)

PHOT 213   INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOT 255   INTRODUCTION TO COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOT 258   VIEW CAMERA

PHOT 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

PHOT 291   SPECIAL TOPICS 

PHOT 295   PRACTICUM

PHOT 303   EARLY HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOT 304   RECENT HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY 

PHOT 331   PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES IN PHOTO

PHOT 350   ADVANCED COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOT 352   ADVANCED LIGHTING PRACTICES

PHOT 359   ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES

PHOT 371   PORTRAITURE 

PHOT 373   NON-FICTION PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOT 374   EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOT 391   SPECIAL TOPICS

PHOT 394   SEMINAR/WORKSHOP

PHOT 395   PRACTICUM

PHOT 401   CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOT 490R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

PHOT 491   SPECIAL TOPICS

PHOT 492   INDEPENDENT STUDY

PHOT 493   STUDY TOUR

PHOT 494   SEMINAR/WORKSHOP

PHOT 498   INTERNSHIP

PHOT 499   SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE         

PHOT 113RA UNDERSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHY
F,S,Su 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1
-- An introduction to traditional black and white photographic practice, theory and visual principles, including camera operation, use of B&W darkroom technique. Photography majors must take this class fall semester to fit into the sequential nature of the Photography program.

PHOT 154IA EXPLORING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
F, S, Su, 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT (non-majors only)
-- Introduces technical and aesthetic ways of creating digital photographic images. Emphasis is on the production of photographic images, from acquiring them with digital cameras to editing them using computer software for manipulating digital images. Instructor and peer critique of student work is an integral part of the course.

PHOT 154IA EXPLORING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (ONLINE)
F, S, Su, 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT (non-majors only)
-- Introduces technical and aesthetic ways of creating digital photographic images. Emphasis is on the production of photographic images, from acquiring them with digital cameras to editing them using computer software for manipulating digital images. Instructor and peer critique of student work is an integral part of the course.

PHOT 213 INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY
S 3 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1.
PREREQUISITE: B or better in PHOT 113RA
-- Theory and continued application of image control in B&W photography, through the use of a variety of 35mm and medium format films and the introduction of basic zone system principles and digital technologies. Advanced traditional B&W printing techniques in preparation for portfolio review.

PHOT 255 INTRODUCTION TO COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
S 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 1 RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 213 and either FILM or PHOTO gate.
-- Introduction and analysis of color theory, color imagery and color materials. Exploration of image capture via film, scanning and digital cameras. Technical skills are developed in digital systems, applications and printing. Critical exploration of color visual language and aesthetic issues.

PHOT 258 VIEW CAMERA
F 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 2
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 213 and either FILM or PHOTO gate.
-- Introduction to view camera theory and practice. Basic studio and lighting techniques will be addressed as well as advanced contrast control through application of the zone system, large format color photography, digital view camera, and large format digital and analog printing techniques.

PHOT 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1-6 cr., IND may be repeated
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

PHOT 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

PHOT 295 PRACTICUM
F, S, Su 1-3 cr., IND, May be repeated, Maximum 6 credits.
PREREQUISITE: Photo gate.
-- Practical experience associated with production and research projects in photography.

PHOT 303 EARLY HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
S alternate even years. 3 cr. LEC 3.
PREREQUISITE: WRIT 101W.
-- The visual and technical evolution of photography within the cultural context. Personalities, ideas, and style of individual photographers are explored. Prehistory to 1913.

PHOT 304 RECENT HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
S alternate odd years. 3 cr. LEC 3.
PREREQUISITE: WRIT 101W.
-- Continued exploration of the visual and technical evolution of photography from 1913 to the present, including study of criticism and the relationship to contemporary culture and art.

PHOT 331 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES IN PHOTO
On Demand 4 cr. LEC 2 RCT 2.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258.
-- Introduction to professional practices in photography. Emphasis on the fundamentals of business and marketing to prepare for entering the photographic profession.

PHOT 350 ADVANCED COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
On Demand 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 2.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258.
-- Further applied study of color visual theory and the control of materials for color photographic expression. Emphasis on application of alternative forms - including animation, multimedia, interactivity, and the internet - to individual aesthetic practices.

PHOT 352 ADVANCED LIGHTING PRACTICES
On Demand 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 2.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258.
-- Advanced photographic theory and practice in studio and on location. Emphasis given to creative aspects of artificial lighting and staged subject matter in all camera formats.

PHOT 359 ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES
On Demand. 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 2.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258.
-- Image creation through the use of historical contact printing processes. A variety of alternative processes will be addressed such as gum printing, cyanotype, and platinum/palladium. Extensive aesthetic exploration will be supported through a blend of the old processes and current digital negative making techniques.

PHOT 371 PORTRAITURE
On Demand 4 cr. LEC 2 Lab 2.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258.
-- Advanced portrait techniques, theory, and practice in studio and on location. Emphasis on creative exploration and application of a variety of styles in portraiture, such as informal, editorial, environmental, etc.

PHOT 373 NON-FICTION PHOTOGRAPHY
On Demand. 4 cr. LEC 2 RCT 2.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258.
-- The applied study of photography as a narrative medium, emphasizing the practices and uses of non-fiction, editorial and essays using digital and analog processes.

PHOT 374 EXPERIMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY
On Demand. 4 cr. LEC 2 LAB 2.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258.
-- The applied study of experimental photographic techniques. These techniques will be explored both in image capture and traditional darkroom working methods.

PHOT 391 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand, 1 - 4 cr., IND.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Courses not required in a curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

PHOT 394 SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
F,S,Su on demand, 2-4 cr., SEM 2-4. May be repeated. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258.
-- Seminar/Workshop devoted to a specific topic in Photo Production or Studies. Topics vary.

PHOT 395 PRACTICUM
F,S,Su 1-3 cr., IND, May be repeated, Max 12 cr total for both MTA 233 & THTR 305 combined.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258.
-- Practical experience associated with production and research projects in motion pictures, television/video, photography, and theatre. May include rehearsal or performance activity. Credit will be offered to students doing advanced work on faculty members' productions or on student productions under direct faculty supervision. May be taken by sophomores with written permission of an advisor and the Department Head.

PHOT 401 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PHOTOGRAPHY
F 3 cr. LEC 3.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 303 or PHOT 304 or consent of instructor.
-- The critical exploration of photography as cultural phenomenon, personal expression and art form. Emphasis on aesthetic, ethical, and political issues raised through application of the medium and consumption of its products.

PHOT 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1-6 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

PHOT 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand, 1 - 4 cr., IND, Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in a curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

PHOT 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1-3 cr. IND, May be repeated, Maximum 6 cr. total for FILM, PHOT & THTR 492 combined.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258, consent of instructor and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

PHOT 493 STUDY TOUR
On Demand 3-12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258.
-- Photography classes offered abroad at the upper division level.

PHOT 494 SEMINAR/WORKSHOP
On Demand, 1 - 4 cr., SEM, may be repeated, Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: PHOT 255 and PHOT 258 or consent of instructor.
-- Topics offered at the upper division level that are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material.

PHOT 498 INTERNSHIP
F,S,Su 2-12 cr. IND, may be repeated, maximum 12 credits total for FILM, PHOT & THTR 498 combined.
PREREQUISITE:Consent of School Director.
-- An individualized assignment arranged with an agency, business, or other organization to provide guided experience in the field.

PHOT 499 SENIOR THESIS/CAPSTONE
F,S 5 cr. SEM 5, May be repeated, Maximum 10 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Senior standing in the Photography option and consent of the instructor.
-- Senior capstone course. Independent production of a significant body of work in photography; extensive production combined with group critique and faculty consultation.

 

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