Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This intermediate / advanced level course fosters student discussion of photographic processes within the larger context of contemporary art, photography, and digital media. Several class workshops 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 cover topics such as: assembling a portfolio of photographs; submitting work for review; and preparing photographs for an exhibition.
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 format. 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.)
Textbooks: Technical Handbook: provided by instructor
Online journals/eLearning: articles on contemporary art and photography, available electronically
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation, class assignments, several interim reviews, a written essay, and an individual final portfolio of prints.