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Photography

The Photography concentration is committed to teaching students the technical, aesthetic, theoretical, and historical aspects of the medium. An emphasis on increasing the student’s visual literacy within the highly mediated visual environment that we inhabit is central to the development of creative work. Courses in digital and traditional imaging, lighting, and camera management lay the foundation from which more advanced conceptual, technical and aesthetic issues are formulated.

In-depth investigations of the history of photography help to articulate the role that the medium has played in visual culture over time. At all levels of coursework, students are encouraged to explore areas of personally generated subject matter as a means of engaging camera, self and environment. Current technological developments in the medium are emphasized at all levels of the photography curriculum along, with darkroom-based tools. Use of photography in conjunction with other media and methods is explored in upper-level courses, including installation, performance and time-based media.

Photography Facilities

The photography facilities contain 20 B&W enlarging stations in a large group darkrooms with traditional tray processing vented at tray level. Two individual darkrooms one equipped with a Jobo tube processor for processing large format negatives and color film. The other is for wet collodion and toning of silver gelatin prints. Plus a large group darkroom for alternative photographic processes. The photography studio is fully equipped with LED, tungsten and strobe lighting units and features an overhead rail support grid and motorized background lifts. Photography has equipment available for checkout: over 30 cameras in all formats, digital and traditional, medium format-twin lens and SLR’s plus 4×5″ monorails with a variety of lenses. Portable tungsten and strobe lighting kits, meters and tripods are also available. Photography’s digital facilities use Macintosh computers with flatbed scanners capable of scanning 35mm to 8×10 inch film sizes.

 

What can I do with a degree in photography?

There are many artistic career opportunities in photography. You must be dedicated and have perseverance, motivation and the ability to promote yourself and your photography; business skills are also helpful. Below are some of the possible career paths.

  • Photojournalism
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Photography Editor
  • Photography Assistant
  • Public Relations photography (eg. at a university or college)
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Cruise Ship Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Medical Photographer
  • Photography Archivist
  • Photographic Technician
  • Photographic Restorers

Freelance Commercial Photographer, which can include, but is not limited to:

  • Advertising
  • Magazine photography
  • Editorial photography
  • Stock photography
  • Fashion photography
  • Sports photography
  • Travel photography
  • Portrait photography

Related Fields

  • Art Therapy
  • Arts Education
  • Arts Administration
  • Studio Manager
  • Stylist (eg. for food, clothing, or sets)
  • Museum Studies
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Photographers Representative at a Stock Agency
  • Art Teachers / public or private high schools and college

Photography Courses

Visual Arts, Photography Concentration Minor
Visual Arts, Photography Concentration, B.A.
Visual Arts, Photography Concentration, B.F.A.

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

Photography Faculty

Lynn Cazabon   Associate Professor
Calla Thompson   Associate Professor