Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Waligore, Marilyn
Discipline and Number
ARTS 4372 Section 001
T Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Advanced Photography

Description of Course:

This is an intermediate / advanced level course that facilitates discussion of photographic processes within the larger context of contemporary art, photography, and digital media. Workshops in the context of the course will introduce strobe lighting for studio applications.

The course will emphasize the process involved in generating a portfolio of images, a coherence 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/distribution of photographs, and reflecting on current issues in contemporary art. Lectures/demonstrations will include assembling a portfolio of photographs, submitting work for review, and preparing photographs for an exhibition.

Required Texts:

Technical Handbook: provided by instructor
Required Text to be announced.

Camera Specifications: Each student should have a digital SLR or an automatic (with manual override) or manual 35mm camera. Students with prior experience in photography may work in medium or large formats. Costs for the course will vary somewhat depending upon the scope of individual student projects. Supplies estimate: $200.00.

The course will begin with a series of workshops on strobe lighting--equipment which UTD will provide. A Digital SLR or DSLR, or a standard film-based SLR will have a sync or a hot shoe, to sync with a professional strobe system.
(Amateur point and shoot digital cameras do not permit use of the PC to hotshoe sync. Sony/Minolta cameras require a dedicated PC to hotshoe sync.)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Prerequisite: ARTS 3371 or ARTS 3372 or ARTS 3377 or ARTS 3379 (digital photography/photography and new media) or prior experience in photography with consent of instructor.

Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation, class assignments, a midterm review, a written essay, a quiz, and an individual final portfolio of prints.

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