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Photomedia / Courses

The school offers a wide array of studio art, art history and design courses. A detailed list of courses offered by the school, from which Photomedia majors may choose, is available in the Online Course Catalog: ARTART HISTORY

The Photomedia major emphasizes a wide range of conceptual and technical practices. We consciously promote an understanding of the history of photography in its current artistic, social and cultural context, which includes exposure to a range of media practices, including video and installation work.

The program offers basic equipment instruction in lighting, large format digital and analog practices, and a technical grounding in contemporary digital image processing and manipulation.

A combination of studio, lecture, and seminar format classes are offered sequentially to prepare students for a senior thesis project lasting three quarters and culminating in a BFA group show at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery. The Photomedia Program also offers a highly competitive departmental honors option with additional challenges and requirements. These include participation in graduate seminars and an individually arranged one-person show.

Please note: With the exception of ART 140, ART 338, and ART 361, all Photomedia courses are reserved for majors only during the regular school year. Non-majors and non-matriculated students are welcome during the summer quarter.

YEAR ONE

Spring Quarter

ART 140 Basic Photography: An introduction to the theory, techniques, and processes of still photography with a digital camera. Course content will emphasize photography’s potential for self-expression and creative problem solving in an artistic context. Image output will include digital prints and online presentations.

YEAR TWO

Autumn Quarter

Offered every autumn for presently enrolled students selected out of ART 140 and transfer students selected by portfolio from their previous college:
ART 240 Intermediate Photomedia I: Includes studio projects examining the expressive and conceptual uses of alternative photographic materials and techniques. May include and introduction to photography, large format, and studio lighting.

ART 338 Photography: Theory and Criticism (recommended): A survey of the history and continually evolving properties of photography as a cultural language and art making tool, from its beginnings in the 1830s to the digital imaging of today.

Winter Quarter

Following acceptance into the Photomedia Program, BFA students complete the following classes:
ART 241 Intermediate Photomedia II: Introduces the creative use of photographic digital workflow in the processing, cataloging, and printing of camera-generated digital imaging. Examines a variety of manipulations and transformations of both photographic and non-photographic imagery, involving multiple programs, procedures, and hardware (Macintosh platform).

Spring Quarter

ART 242 Intermediate Photomedia III: Covers topics in digital imaging, including specialized output, interactive presentations, the moving image, and web-based works. Emphasizes creative exploration of both software and hardware tools and the possibilities of integration with other art media.

YEAR THREE

Autumn Quarter

ART 340 Advanced Photomedia: Concepts and techniques of contemporary extended photographic practice will be introduced, including basic video and experimental techniques. Introduction to cross-disciplinary possibilities and contextual issues in the presentation of art works.

Winter Quarter

ART 340 Advanced Photomedia: Concepts and techniques of contemporary extended photographic practice will be introduced, including basic video and experimental techniques. Introduction to cross-disciplinary possibilities and contextual issues in the presentation of art works.

ART 361 Critical Issues in Contemporary Art: Surveys critical ideas in contemporary art practice. Includes lectures by nationally recognized artists to introduce a wide range of artistic positions and practices. Engages students with the major issues informing contemporary art and new modes of practice.

Spring Quarter

ART 340 Advanced Photomedia: Concepts and techniques of contemporary extended photographic practice will be introduced, including basic video and experimental techniques. Introduction to cross-disciplinary possibilities and contextual issues in the presentation of art works.

YEAR FOUR

Autumn Quarter

ART 440 Senior Thesis: Primary focus is the development of a cohesive body of work..

Winter Quarter

ART 440 Senior Thesis: Primary focus is the further development of a cohesive body of work.

Spring Quarter

ART 440 Senior Thesis: Primary focus is the development and resolution of a cohesive body of work and participation in the BFA exhibition.