Spring 2020 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This intermediate/ advanced photography course is designed to guide students' personal development as artists and to foster the refinement of technical skills through workshops and critiques.
CREATIVE PORTFOLIO: Students will engage in generating a portfolio of images, a coherent body of work based upon a theme, concept, or selected subject matter. The class will discuss topics such as locating an individual voice, refining a working process, considering methods for presentation and distribution of photography and video, and reflecting on current issues in contemporary art. Students will gain experience through participation in a group exhibition.
WORKSHOPS: Students will participate in several workshops, including processes such as writing an artist statement, preparing for an exhibition, and working with studio strobe lighting.
REQUIRED Texts: Selected articles on contemporary art and photography and technical handouts for use of strobe lighting equipment are provided by instructor via eLearning. (Lighting equipment is provided for student use.)
CAMERA: Each student should have a digital camera (digital SLR or mirrorless or micro 4/3rds camera, with control over shutter speed and aperture settings, and preferably equipped with a hot shoe) OR a film camera (either manual or automatic, with manual override). Use of a smartphone or video camera is acceptable, based upon the scope of an individual student project.
Students may obtain Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Creative Suite CS or CC--see UTD technology store for UT discount--OR Adobe Lightroom for use on their home computer and will be responsible for the costs of print output and storage media.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
ARTS 3371 or ARTS 3372 or ARTS 3376 or ARTS 3377 or ARTS 3379 or prior experience in photography or video with consent of instructor.
Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation, class assignments, student progress reviews, artist statement, class presentation on creative work, and an individual final portfolio, documented through an artist’s book or, if applicable, through video.