Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Waligore, Marilyn
Discipline and Number
ARTS 4372 Section 001
R Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Advanced Photography

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.

PORTFOLIO: 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. Students will participate in a group exhibition during the semester.

STUDIO LIGHTING: Several class workshops will introduce strobe lighting for studio applications. Working in groups, students will experiment with lighting setups from still life to portraiture to staged events.

Camera Specifications: Each student should have a digital SLR camera or an automatic (with manual override) or manual 35mm film camera. Students with prior experience in photography may work in medium format film formats. Forward questions regarding cameras to the instructor at [email protected]

Costs for the course will vary somewhat depending upon the scope of individual student projects.

Prerequisite: ARTS 3371 or ARTS 3372 or ARTS 3377 or ARTS 3379 or prior college level coursework in photography with consent of instructor.

Required Texts:

Susan Bright, Art Photography Now (2nd edition, paperback)

Technical Handbook: provided by instructor

Fil Hunter, Paul Fuqua, Steven Biver, Light Science and Magic, An Introduction to Photographic Lighting, 4th Edition

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation will be based on attendance, participation, class assignments, student progress reviews, an artist statement, short essay on selected artist, and an individual final portfolio of prints.

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