Photo Minor (18 Credits)

This Visual Arts Minor consists of at least six courses, including the following requirements

One Visual Arts Foundation course 3 credits

ART 211
Visual Concepts II/Camera Vision[3]
Visual Concepts II introduces the visual art major to creating still images via a camera. Formal and technical issues connected to camera operation, two-dimensional design, lighting, framing and introduction to the chemistry of photography are covered. Emphasis will be placed on developing a vocabulary for talking about images and on the ability to think critically about images. This course also will serve as introduction to using the computer as a tool for manipulating images.

One Art History course (choose one) 3 credits

ART 216
Studies in Visual Culture (Prehistory through the 1750s) [3]
This course engages students in a focused study of six or seven specific, momentous periods in the history of world art dating from prehistory to the mid-eighteenth century. The selection of topics will be determined by the particular organizing principle adopted by the course instructor. For example, the organizing principle could be that of medium (architecture, painting, sculpture, decorative arts); of belief systems (religion, philosophy); of patronage; or of prevailing technological inventions and discoveries. By studying selected moments in the history of world art in some depth, students will gain an awareness of how art objects and visual culture both shape and represent societies and their histories.
Note: This course may be taken before Art History I.

ART 327
History and Theory of Photography [3]
A historical overview of the medium of photography from mid-20th century to the present. Studying images in their historical context, the class will examine social backdrops, public and critical responses, and theoretical texts that have informed or emerged from ideas and practices in photography in a post-modern world.

One Photography core course 3 credits

ART 361
Digital Darkroom [3]
This course builds on the foundation of ART 211 (Camera Vision), providing an in-depth introduction to digital tools and techniques in photographic practice. Students will learn principles of digital input and output, with an emphasis on the production of high quality images for printing, through assignments, demonstration, readings, writings, and critiques. Issues related to truth in photography will be examined and discussed in relation to the possibilities offered by digital manipulation .Contemporary and historical images will be studied in conjunction with each assignment. This course is designated as a gateway course for photography concentration students and must be passed with a grade of B or better to continue in the photography sequence.
Prerequisite: You must complete ART 211 with a grade of “C” or better and the Visual Arts Milestone (portfolio review process) before taking this class.

Advanced Photographic genre course (choose one) 3 credits

ART 364
Studio Photography [3]
This course will introduce students to use of large camera formats and a variety of studio lighting systems, with emphasis on creating images in the studio via constructed set-ups. Technical issues such as scale, control of light, color, perspective and increased level of craft will be covered. Digital means for capturing and output of images will be utilized in combination with darkroom techniques. Topical issues such as naturalism, realism, abstraction and artificiality will be discussed through assignments, readings, writings and critiques. The work of contemporary artists will be studied and discussed in conjunction with particular projects.
Prerequistie: You must complete ART 361 with a grade of “B” or better and the Visual Arts Milestone before taking this class.

ART 366
Documentary Photography [3]
This course is based on the camera as an evidentiary and narrative tool, and examines the role of the photographer in social story telling, forensic investigation, and political observation. Photojournalism is the nexus of this course, through which students will learn about story development, acquiring access to locations, shooting for print media and the Internet, location, lighting, editing and sequencing, as well as examining the complexity of related ethical issues. In addition to photographic assignments, students will also participate in field trips, critiques, readings, and writings, and will access historic documentary photographs from UMBC's Special Collections Archive. Note: No longer Repeatable as of Fall 2016.

Advanced Photographic topics courses (choose two) 6 credits

ART 362
Black & White Photography [3]
This course, in conjunction with ART 361 Digital Darkroom serves as a foundation for the photography emphasis and will provide an introduction to black and white photography as a tool for photographic production. In addition to in-depth darkroom production, emphasis will be placed on self-motivation and developing a direction of interest. Darkroom techniques, alternative camera formats, films, methods of presentation, as well as an increased theoretical framework for understanding meaning in relation to images will be introduced through assignments, readings, writings and historical examples.
Prerequisites: You must complete ART 211 with a grade of “C” or better and the Visual Arts Milestone (portfolio review process) before taking this class.

ART 365
Photography in Multimedia Environments [3]
This course will explore hybrid forms that present still images within multimedia contexts, focusing on the intersection between still and moving images and audio in current digital media environments. Topics explored include still image production from time-based media sources, journalism across photography, video and audio, uses of social media for narrative and non-narrative forms of storytelling, expansions and compressions of time, and image sequencing and juxtaposition. The presentation of still and time-based media in screen-based and installation environments will also be covered. The work of historical and contemporary artists and visual journalists will be studied and discussed in conjunction with particular projects.
Prerequisite: You must complete ART 361 with a grade of “B” or better and the Visual Arts Milestone before taking this class.

ART 367
Alternative Processes [3]
An experimental course dealing with non-traditional photo emulsions. Students will work with cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, gum bichromate and other non-silver processes in conjunction with developing personal imagery. Note: No longer Repeatable as of Fall 2016.
Prerequisite: You must complete ART 361 with a grade of “B” or better and the Visual Arts Milestone before taking this class.

ART 369
Topics in Photography [3]
This theme-based studio course will utilize photographic images in combination with other media and techniques. Specific content will be developed by the instructor. Techniques appropriate to content of course will be covered though assignments, readings, writings and critiques. Examples of such themes include performance and images, public art, image transmission and alternative venues for images. This course is repeatable up to 12 credits or 4 attempts.
Prerequisite: You must complete ART 361 with a grade of “B” or better and the Visual Arts Milestone before taking this class.

ART 461
Advanced Photographic Compositing [3]
This course concentrates on the seamlessly montaged photograph, from conception to completion, shifting the formation of the photograph from shutter to post-shutter. This course will examine related conceptual issues through readings and observations, as well as contemporary and historic composited photographs. Students will learn principles of light and shadow, composition, and compositing techniques. Past instruction in two-dimensional design, previsualization, and interpreting and discussing photographs will be reinforced and extended.
Prerequisite: You must completeART 361 with a B or better.

ART 462
Entrepreneurial Practices in Photography [3]
This course examines what it means to be an entrepreneur in photography. Case studies of and visits with successful alumni will be used to demonstrate the inventiveness and discipline necessary to move innovation to implementation. The ability to find and to create opportunity is a central to this course. Students work collaboratively to develop and refine this ability, while learning to build the underlying business structure necessary to succeed.
Prerequisite: You must complete ART 361 with a grade of C or better.