The Photography minor is designed to provide a solid foundation, both technically and conceptually, in photography and its relationships to today's media arts professionals.
The 15-credit Photography minor provides opportunities for experimentation within the medium through a variety of artistic techniques. Interdisciplinary learning is stressed throughout the curriculum, incorporating different mediums such as collage and sculpture to expand a student's artistic range.
Once core courses featuring instruction in black-and-white and digital photography are completed, students can explore alternative processes, a specialization of the College of Art and Design. These processes includes cyanotype, salt print, and gum bichromate photography. Students can also immerse themselves in specific genres, including photo noir, landscape and architecture, and portraiture.
Photography studies begin with this Foundation course, preparing students to deal with a vast palette of traditional, wet lab black & white photographic materials and to serve as the technical complement to the conceptual and critique based Visual Seminar I. Students learn the basic properties of light, camera and lens functions; control of exposure and development including basic exposure index testing and pushing and pulling of film stocks; basics of B&W printing including split filter printing and print toning; working with available light; and presentation options of the final imagery. The emphasis of this course is to reinforce good overall habits and make high quality negatives as well as fiber-based prints.
Students explore the nature and possibilities of artist's books as a medium for photographers. Sequencing, theme, techniques for binding books and various forms are considered. Using photographic images and words, students create their own artist's books.
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