Photography Courses

ART 327
Contemporary Directions in Photography [3]
An 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.

ART 361
Digital Darkroom [3]
This course, in conjunction with ART362 Black and White Photography, serves as a foundation for the photography emphasis and will 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, demonstrations, 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. Prerequisite: ART211 or permission of instructor.

ART 362
Black and White Photography [3]
This course, in conjunction with ART361 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. Prerequisite: ART211 or permission of instructor.

ART 363
Color Photography [3]
This course focuses on the use of color as an element in photographic expression. The course includes introduction to color temperature and white balance, exposure, lighting, color theory, image capture and output, digital workflow, digital manipulation of color, and color management. Students will develop the ability to think critically about and discuss visual images through assignments, critiques, writings and presentations. Students will also be introduced to a history of color photography and given an overview of contemporary artists working with color. Prerequisite: ART361 or ART362 or permission of instructor.

ART 364
Studio Photography [3]
This course will introduce students to the 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. Prerequisite: ART361 or ART362 or permission of instructor.

ART 489
Senior Projects [3]
An advanced course that focuses on the production of individual and collaborative projects, emphasizing class discussion and critique. This course constitutes the “capstone” experience and should be taken in the student’s final semester.

The photography concentration requires students to complete at least 2 of the following courses:

ART 365
Sequence and Time [3]
This course explores sequencing of still images in a variety of formats, including software programs. Repetition, juxtaposition, narrative, and non-narrative forms will be examined through assignments, readings, writings and critiques. Still images used in combination with other media, such as audio and video will be explored. The work of contemporary artists will be studied and discussed in conjunction with particular projects. Prerequisite: ART361 or ART362 or permission of instructor.

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 storytelling, 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 Collection Archive. Prerequisite: ART361 or ART362 or permission of instructor.

ART 367
Alternative Processes [3]
An experimental course dealing with nontraditional photo emulsions. Students will work with cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, gum bichromate and other non-silver processes in conjunction with developing personal imagery. Prerequisite: ART361 or ART362 or permission of instructor.

ART 368
Digital Alternatives [3]
This course will introduce use of a variety of substrate materials for creating photographic quality images utilizing flat-bed, pigment ink jet, and direct-digital printers. The course will allow the advanced student to utilize digital technologies to produce ambitious independently developed projects. Topical readings, videos, writings and critiques will provide forum for discussion of techniques and concepts. Prerequisite: ART361.

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 through assignments, readings, writings and critiques. Examples of such themes include performance and images, public art, image transmission and alternative venues for images.
Note: Repeatable for a total of 6 credits.
Prerequisite: ART361 or ART362 or permission of instructor.

ART494 Internship [3]

ART495 Independent Studio Research [3]

Plus: 1 Visual Arts elective