Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

 
  • PHO 105 - The Camera

    • Students will understand, and become comfortable, with the foundational use of the camera by understanding exposure through metering and the relationship between - ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. Students will begin to implement foundational design elements through composition, and compression through different lens focal lengths. Students will produce and analyze photographs by employing professional photographic techniques and the introduction of a digital workflow.

  • PHO 110 - Fundamental Commercial Photography

    • This course surveys contemporary genres within Commercial Photography. While introducing the practical skills of production and conceptual development, students will work to plan and execute camera-based assignments in the areas of editorial and advertising photography. 

  • PHO 120 - Fundamental Fine Art Photography

    • This introductory course explores the conceptual and expressive principals of Fine Art Photography through lectures, discussions, assignments and field trips. Students will submit their work for critique, refining the theoretical and practical skills needed to create meaningful imagery. 

  • PHO 140 - History of Photography

    • This course follows movements and themes in the history of photography from its inception at the turn of the 19th century to today. In this class, students will identify key works and discuss their significance in a historical context. On a more theoretical level, photography will be observed as cultural production that shapes personal and political ideology. Photographic  examples will be presented from photojournalism, documentary, fine art, advertising, fashion and academia to more vernacular uses in everyday life. Through readings, discussions and assignments students will build the visual literacy needed to experience, understand and analyze images.

  • PHO 250 - Post-Production

    • Through this course, students will develop the technical foundation needed to process and retouch images with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students will build a professional workflow utilizing digital asset management, image selection, and global adjustments with non-destructive methods. Further pixel adjustments will be made within Photoshop for advanced retouching.

  • PHO 310 - Intermediate Commercial Photography

    • This course further explores the genres within Commercial Photography allowing students to begin focusing on a body of work specific to their niche within that genre.  Further refinement through technical demonstrations and critique will allow students to begin to define an artistic style that is viable within the commercial marketplace.

  • PHO 330 - Visual Storytelling

    • This course integrates a conceptual framework and narrative structure into the photographic process. Utilizing color, design and visual communication skills to evoke emotion, students will learn how narrative shapes messaging. The course supports students involved in a wide range of photographic disciplines where visual storytelling is critical to a work’s reception. 

  • PHO 332 - Studio Photography

    • This course will implement a practical workflow within a controlled space, utilizing the tools and techniques of studio photographers. Students will gain an understanding of light quality and how it relates to ideas, and the emotional depiction of a subject. Students will understand how to craft their lighting to the specific subject they are photographing. Labs will be hands-on, integrating professional studio practices for digital capture and utilizing industry-wide workflow standards related to the latest software and hardware.

  • PHO 350 - Digital Printing & Color Management

    • This course presents students with the digital workflow techniques needed to produce archival photographs. File preparation, resolution selection, print-profiling, paper selection and soft-proofing techniques will be covered. Students will learn the techniques of digital color management by applying color profiles to produce archival prints for the purpose of promotional, gallery, and printed portfolios.  

  • PHO 360 - Photo & Social Engagement

    • This course will explore photography within the intersections of narration, representation, participation and missional outreach. Students will be tasked to produce a personal project that responds to social concerns explored through the medium of photography and will present their work for critical feedback. The class will create a final group project that engages the community within a missional context.

  • PHO 362 - The Photographic Book

    • An advanced studio-based lab which will explore the traditions and practices of the photographic book from hand-bound artist books to more modern direct-to-publishing methods. Students will be encouraged to develop their own concepts and interpretations within the medium. 

  • PHO 363 - Photographic Documentary Methods

    • This course explores documentary photography as an artistic medium. The emphasis of this class will be on the process of conducting research and gaining access to subjects, as well as the practice of editing and sequencing imagery to produce compelling photographic essays. The ethics of realism will be discussed and addressed through critical readings. 

  • PHO 400 - Special Topics in Commercial Photography

    • Food & Product Photography

    • Portraiture

    • Wedding Photography

    • Fashion & Beauty Photography

    • Portfolio/Gallery

    • Sports Photography

  • PHO 401 - Special Topics in Non-Commercial Photography

    • Portfolio/Gallery 

    • Alternative Process

    • Still Life

  • PHO 415 - Advanced Commercial Photography

    • This course encompasses an advanced approach to both studio and location photography within commercial photography. Emphasis is placed on the creative application of lighting technique and style to further develop the students vision and commercial portfolio.

  • PHO 432 - On Location Photography

    • This course will challenge the photography student to tell stories outside the controlled environment and to successfully navigate lighting and viewpoint obstacles.

  • PHO 433 - Photography Open Studio

    • Upper division photography students focusing on their concentration will work one-on-one with their professor within a class setting to further develop their specific conceptual and technical skills that will enable them to successfully bring their vision and portfolio to completion.

  • PHO 485 - Photography Business

    • This lecture course will introduce the student to the principles of running a photography business to include: self-promotion, taxes, bidding, pricing, the procurement of work and agent representation.

  • PHO 499 - Senior Show

    • This course prepares the students for their capstone show and the pending graduation into their post-undergraduate endeavors. Prerequisites: Senior status and Permission of the Department Chair.