Course Descriptions - Concentration in Photography

Photography Courses (45 credits)

AR 111 Drawing I

An introduction to observational drawing. Development of a personal vision and an individual style through an exploration of the expressive means of drawing: form, line, texture, composition. Various tools and techniques. General Education Choice for Part A. Offered yearly. 3 credits

AR 122 Two-Dimensional Design

An introduction to the elements of two-dimensional design and study of visual language principles used to organize the plane. Projects are geared to solving visual “problems” with an eye toward elegant and economical solutions. This course will be conducted using the computer as the primary tool and investigating numerous approaches to understanding the visual world. General Education Choice for Part A. 3 credits

AR 201 Introduction to Computer Art

An introduction to imaging using windows based tools. The course explores digital bit mapped and vector systems to create two-dimensional works for paper and the web. Offered yearly. 3 credits

AR 213 Color

This course includes projects analyzing the physical and psychological aspects of color in painting and design with emphasis on theories of color interaction. Generally offered yearly. 3 credits

AR 235 Introduction to Photography

Introduces students to the fine art and craft of photography and photographic printmaking. Instruction in camera and darkroom techniques leads to a portfolio with emphasis on visual thinking and photographic seeing. Offered every semester. 3 credits

AR 236 Photography II

A continuation of AR 235, Photography II develops a personal approach to photography and solving formal and technical problems. Field trips. P: AR 235. Offered every semester. 3 credits

AR 335 Digital Photography I

An exploration of photographic color, light, and design using digital tools. Coursework includes scanning into digital image from conventional film. Adobe Photoshop software utilized to manipulate, edit, collage, and combine digital images. Offered yearly. 3 credits

AR 336 Digital Photography II

An opportunity to explore advanced coursework in digital photographic editing. Students will pursue a defined project in depth during the course of the semester. Offered yearly. 3 credits

AR 337, 338 Advanced Topics in Photography I, II

An opportunity for motivated students to pursue more advanced work in still photography including color and large format work. P: AR 235, AR 236. Offered every semester. 3 credits each

AR 391 Senior Project

Includes discussion of current writings on art and art criticism, and a studio project or research paper. Exhibition required of seniors concentrating in studio art; lecture or project required of those concentrating in the history of art. P: Open to senior art majors. 3 credits

One of the following: (3 credits)

AR 211 Drawing II

A continuation of AR 111 with an emphasis on development of a personal style and drawing as communication and expression. P: AR 111. Generally offered yearly. 3 credits

AR 311 Painting I

An introduction to various techniques and approaches to painting with acrylic and/or oils. Regular critiques, gallery visits. P: AR 111, AR 213 or permission of Department Chair. Generally offered yearly. 3 credits

Two courses in Art History: (6 credits)

Six courses in art history electives (18 credits)


CO 237 Photojournalism

Photojournalism introduces the student to the informational, persuasive, and entertainment roles that still images play in modern newspapers and magazines. This course will examine narrative, documentary, and aesthetic images. Students will address the following questions: What is photojournalism and how has it evolved? What direction(s) is photojournalism headed? What are the proper roles for the photojournalist? How do images bias the content of editorial copy? How and why do photojournalism and an individual’s right to privacy find themselves in conflict? What is the role of the Photo Editor? How can images emote, captivate, motivate, amuse, inspire, or tell a story in the context of print publications? What ethical questions does photo manipulation present for the practicing photojournalist? In addition to exploring these and other questions, students will critically review the work of past and present photojournalists, and they will create original images as regular assignments. Students need a digital, still camera. Students should be familiar with the rudimentary operation of their photographic equipment; however, course lectures will focus at times on application and technique. This course hopes to enhance the student’s visual literacy and proficiency, enlighten the student on news and photojournalism issues, and introduce the would-be practitioner to the basics of producing successful images. Generally offered yearly. 3 credits