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Photography Minor

Photography is an art form that is comprised of analytical thinking, intellectual growth, and craft. Within the photography curriculum the students will learn the skills of observation, photographic craft, and creative expression; all of which are necessary to function in a visual culture. Students who enter the photography curriculum will be exposed to a variety of photographic methods. These include, but are not limited to, the traditional darkroom, the digital medium, experimental methods, and alternative processes. By exploring these many photographic methods the students will be prepared to face the diverse and evolving world of photography.



ARTS 103 : 3 credits
ARTH XXX : 3 credits (recommended ARTH 308 – History of Photography Or ARTH 342 – Post modern & Contemporary Art 1940-present)
ARTS 261 : 3 credits
ARTS 361 : 3 credits
Any three 300 level or above photography courses: 9 credits


ARTS 261 Introduction to Black and White Photography (3) An introduction to the use of the camera, lights as a creative tool, darkroom practices, film developing, and printing. Emphasis on photography as a creative medium for personal expression.

ARTS 361 Intermediate Black and White Photography (3) (Prerequisites: ARTS 261) An intermediate course continuing the investigation into photographic techniques. Panning, zooming, multiple exposure, and the creative use of different develop-ers, films,and papers will be stressed as well as darkroom manipulation of the image.

ARTS 362 Digital Photographic Techniques (3) (Prereq: ARTS 261)This is an introductory course to color photography in a digital photographic environment. Through the use of Adobe Photoshop, archival printing, and their own personal digital camera the students of this class will learn to treat the computer as if it were a darkroom both creatively and technically. Students should come into this class already having an understanding of camera basics and photography as a medium.

ARTS 363 Experimental Photography (3) (Prereq: ARTS 261) Experimental Photography is an advanced photography course that emphasizes the experimental nature that photography possesses. Students will work with non-traditional materials, alternative photographic technique, as well as experiment with various types of films and papers. Experimental Photography is about learning the limits of your photographic materials and thinking outside the typical photographic frame.

ARTS 374 Digital Photographic Techniques II (3) (Prereq: ARTS 362) This is a continuation course in digital color photography. ARTS 374 will focus on the development of the photographer’s creative eye by examining contemporary color photography and completing more complex digital photographic exercises.

ARTS 399 Independent Study (1-3) See guidelines under Academic Regulations in the University Catalog; may be repeated for credit with different topics.

ARTS 408 Studio Lighting (3) (Prereq: ARTS 362) Studio Lighting is an intensive studio course in photographic lighting tech­niques. Through demonstrations and lectures, students will lean how to use artificial lighting within the context of commercial and artistic application. The course will include, but is not limited to, techniques in location lighting, portrait, still life, editorial, and fine art photography. This course emphasizes creative visual communication through commercial and technical application.

ARTS 424 Photographic Theory and Practice (3) (Prereq: ARTS 362) Students will study historic and contemporary critical photographic theory and its relationship to current artistic practices in the photo­graphic medium. The coursework will be supported by the exploration of contemporary photographic practices such as methods of production, presentation, new possibilities within the "tradition of exhibition," and the development of an individual body of work.

ARTS 440 Pre-Professional Studio. (3) (Prereq: permission of the instructor) A pre-professional studio course providing graphic design and photography services to small businesses, non-profit organizations, and departments throughout the University. Students will gain first hand, real-world experiences through client driven projects. Participants will also learn how to maintain client relationships, time management, design and development, implementation and final production. F, S.