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Art Studio: Photography

ARTS 137 Z1 (CRN: 61832)

3 Credit Hours

About ARTS 137 Z1

Introduction to making black-and-white photographs, emphasizing craft and conceptual problem solving. Students gain skill in camera operation, printing, and producing work of an individual nature. Prerequisites: ARTS 012 or FTS 007 or FTS 008 or FTS 010.


Dates: June 17 - July 12, 2019; Prereqs: ARTS 12 or FTS 007, 008, 10; Lab Fee: $110.00

Section Description

This course provides students with a broad introduction to making black and white photographs emphasizing craft and conceptual problem solving. Objectives: At the conclusion of this course a student should be able to: - Have a methodical working practice - Position yourself in a contemporary and historical photographic context - Use a 35mm manual camera, light meter and accessories. - Demonstrate an understanding of aperture/shutter/ISO relationships and their effect on the photographic image. - Load and process B&W negative film. - Make and edit contact sheets. - Produce B&W enlargements implementing dodging, burning and other contrast controlling techniques, both in the darkroom and in the digital lab. - Participate effectively in critiques, demonstrating critical evaluation skills regarding your work and the work of others. - Analyze and interpret photographic images through the completion of a written project or class presentation. - Understand the photographic vocabulary used in class. - Better utilize visual/conceptual problem-solving skills. - Begin to understand the relationship between analog and digital printing.

Section Expectation

This is a fun but rigorous course. It combines lectures with discussions, critiques, and labs. Students are expected to spend 2-4 hours per day outside of class time on assignments. A camera will be provided for the class as well as some supplies, but students are expected to purchase black and white film and photographic paper (a supplies list is provided).


75% of the grade is based on assignments, 25% based on class participation (discussions, labs, critiques). Attendance is required.




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