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PHOT 480 Contemporary Issues in Photography Students explore contemporary theoretical and critical concepts through relevant and interrelated readings, lectures, discussions, slide presentations, assignments and individual and group critiques. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 238, PHOT 240.


PHOT 490 Special Topics in Photography The topic of this course varies from quarter to quar- ter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of photography and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the topic of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.


Photography (Graduate)


PHOT 501 Survey: Photography Examining the photographic medium from invention through contemporary uses and practices, this com- prehensive survey course discusses the most important and influential movements of photography as it is used as a cultural force, a means of personal expression, and an aesthetically-based medium.


PHOT 502 Photographic Technique and Signification Examining a range of techniques applicable to the medium of photography, this course is a combination of demonstrations, lectures, assignments, and critiques with an emphasis on the unification of technical choices and individual conceptual interests.


PHOT 503 Photography Portfolio Process Developing a portfolio that demonstrates a coherent vision, personal aesthetic, and excellence in craft is the emphasis of this course. Students will receive and participate in intensive critique of individual, self- directed, artistic projects in preparation for later gradu- ate reviews. The course is designed to help students to successfully define, develop, and edit a visually cohesive and formally sound body of work that makes evident the student’s personal aesthetic.


PHOT 704 Black-and-white Craft This course explores advanced technical controls of black-and-white photographic materials and pro- cesses. Topics include exposure and development control of negative materials through the application of the zone system, parametric testing of film/devel- oper combinations, and exercises and demonstrations designed to strengthen the expressive quality of stu- dents’ printmaking aesthetics.


PHOT 706 Documentary Photography I This graduate course is designed to familiarize stu- dents with the practical and historical fundamentals of the documentary photograph. Students learn, through examples and assignments, how to photograph in a documentary manner, and how to develop an authentic style within this genre.


PHOT 707 Color Craft This course is a technical and aesthetic exploration of the major color photographic materials, processes and techniques currently available. The course is designed to promote enhanced awareness and application of color as an aesthetic tool, with emphasis on the devel- opment of color printmaking skills.


PHOT 709 Graduate Critique Seminar This graduate course is designed to refine an M.F.A. student’s personal artistic direction and critical vocab- ulary. Historical context and critical theory in the medium are introduced and investigated as a reference point to student’s individual works. Students receive and participate in intensive critique of individual proj- ects. The course is designed to prepare students for a successful transition into the M.F.A. program and for the 15-hour review.


PHOT 714 Digital Craft This course explores the techniques, aesthetics and ethics of photographic image modification through the use of computer technology. Topics may include the use of scanners and other input devices, image editing software, various output options, projects


in photomontage, layout and image sequencing, devel- opment of skills in color calibration, duo-tones, color separations and compositing.


PHOT 715 Studio Craft Students engage in a technical study of photographic illustration in a studio setting. Photo illustration is based on a language whose vocabulary consists of sets, still lifes and models; a grammar of cameras, films and lighting systems; and a photographer who creates totally controlled images directed toward fine art, editorial and commercial application. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 714.


PHOT 716 Commercial Photography I In this graduate level studio course, students are directed toward creating a body of work representa- tional of the commercial marketplace. Students are exposed to diverse, image-driven assignments, work- ing with interior studio spaces and exterior set-ups. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 715.


PHOT 718 Photography M.A. Portfolio This is a flexible, self-directed seminar/critique course that allows students maximum freedom to define and develop directions in personal artistic growth and evolution while receiving guidance and criticism in different contexts and from multiple viewpoints. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 715.


PHOT 719 Photographic Arts I This is the first in a series of a flexible, self-directed seminar/critique courses that allow students maximum freedom to define and develop directions in personal artistic growth and evolution while receiving guidance and criticism in different contexts and from multiple viewpoints.


PHOT 722 Photographic Arts II This self-directed seminar/critique course continues the photographic arts series. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 718 or PHOT 719.


PHOT 723 Commercial Photography II This course is a continuation of Commercial Photog- raphy I, with more rigorous critiquing of images and a greater sense of commercial photographic issues. The course is conducted in a seminar style that affords timely discussions of current business practices within the field. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 716.


PHOT 724 Web Design for Photography Images created within this course are placed in the context of an operating Web site. Students focus on image optimization for Internet and intranet compo- nents, as well as CD and DVD publishing. Electronic imaging communication and aesthetics are empha- sized in the context of a digital posting environment. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 714.


PHOT 726 Documentary Photography II In this course, students develop a clear photographic narrative using images in a sequential manner. Through thorough investigation and planning, students learn to express an idea or story in visual terms. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 706.


PHOT 727 Fashion Photography Dedicated to the awareness of industry trends and the development of a commercial portfolio in the area of fashion photography, this course helps students refine skills in lighting, directing the model, styling, and creative technique both in the studio and on location. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 715.


PHOT 730 Digital Printing Methodology Graduate students explore advanced technical con- trols of the printmaking workflows of digital imaging. Students experience input and output variances that affect the final print. Analysis and adjustment is expected in every stage of image production from black-and-white to color printing. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 714.


PHOT 731 Portraiture Photography This course provides students with a hands-on knowl- edge of all aspects of photographic portraiture includ- ing historical references and new media exploration.


Various technical aspects such as multiple formats and various means of lighting are presented in a series of demonstrations and assignments.


PHOT 732 Corporate Photography Within the context of producing images for corporate publications, students acquire skill sets necessary to compete in this environment. Topics covered include creating employee portraits both formal and “in action,” documenting products, illustrating work- ing environments and shooting for annual reports. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 715.


PHOT 734 Advanced Digital Craft In this course, the creation of advanced composite images takes place in the context of exploration of the philosophical and technical relationship between the camera and the computer. The course also presents the history, purposes, and means of the electronic medium. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 714.


PHOT 736 The Photographic Travelogue Offering unique opportunities to photograph and learn in a foreign environment, this course give students in-depth insights on another culture’s façade, reality, traditions and values. In an intensive program that deals with both creating photographs and investigat- ing photographic history, there is a focus on comparing student’s work to the existing canon as created by previous native (and foreign) photographers.


PHOT 740 Special Topics in Photography This course provides an opportunity for students and faculty to focus on particular issues in the field of photography or to study advanced techniques and processes. Faculty, content and prerequisites vary each time the course is offered. The course includes lectures, discussions, individual projects and critiques, depending on the nature of the topic.


PHOT 745 Photographic Art Marketing Practices This seminar provides self-motivated graduate stu- dents with insights into today’s multi-faceted markets for photography. The course focuses on understanding and navigating the business of being an artist. Class- room lectures foster a broader awareness of career options and professional prospects for photographers seeking to approach successfully the world of art. Indi- vidual research required allows students to explore an area in depth. Students share their research method- ology and results with their fellow students, fostering growth of peer relationships. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 719.


PHOT 749 Photography M.A. Final Portfolio This course focuses on each M.A. student’s personal vision and the many ways to present that vision through a final portfolio in printed and/or digital format. Students utilize compositional elements with appropriate descriptive methodologies in order to clearly communicate particular ideas or concepts. Stu- dents also are expected to develop appropriate busi- ness practices for their chosen field. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 718 or PHOT 722.


PHOT 753 Photographic Arts III This self-directed seminar/critique course continues the photographic arts series. Prerequisite(s): PHOT 722.


PHOT 760 View Camera Craft This course explores the unique problems and oppor- tunities of photographing with large-format cameras and materials. Students have the opportunity to discover and refine their personal vision by making images in a variety of genres, including landscape, architecture, portrait and still life. While initial empha- sis is placed on the use of traditional black-and-white materials and natural light, students may make use of color materials, digital technology and/or artificial light, depending on prior experience and personal preferences.


PHOT 762 Issues in Contemporary Photography This course explores a variety of critical aesthetic and practical issues relevant to today’s expressive photog- rapher. Readings, lectures, discussions, research and writing are employed to stimulate and polish critical thinking and expression. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 701.


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