Photography Courses

PHO 111 - Introduction to Digital Media
Hours: 3
(3 lecture, 3 studio) This is an intensive semester-long course in which you will learn the technical and conceptual tools to understand the basics of digital media as well as begin to learn the language of the visual narrative. You'll begin to explore the photographic fundamentals of composition and lighting.

PHO 112 - Basic Photography I
Hours: 3
(3 lecture, 3 studio) The primary learning objectives are related to digital camera techniques and controls in the context of the creative process. Students will learn the operation of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, as well as the characteristics of different lenses as they relate to specific photographic requirements. This class will also explore advanced color and printing techniques and introduce sound and video. Students must have a fully adjustable digital camera for this class. Prerequisites: PHO 111.

PHO 209 - Introduction to Video
Hours: 3
This course introduces the basic technical and conceptual skills of working with video. Students study basics of contemporary video and audio recording technology, video editing software, and visual storytelling. Through both group and individual projects, students will build a video-based portfolio by the end of the course. Prerequisites: PHO 111 Intro to Digital Media.

PHO 210 - Introduction to Studio Lighting
Hours: 3
(3 lecture, 3 studio) This course introduces the use of advanced studio and location lighting to create photographic illustrations in controlled environments. Lighting techniques are demonstrated and applied in a series of photographic exercises of both tabletop and portraiture. Medium format digital cameras and electronic flash are used to attain control of design, composition, contrast and color temperature. Along with the physical principles of light, concentration on aspects of design, composition, perception and content with an emphasis on technical mastery of photography studio equipment will be addressed Prerequisites: PHO 112 Basic Photography I.

PHO 212 - Visual Perc Photography
Hours: 3
Visual Perception in Photography. Three semester hours. Involves photographic seeing and thinking, communicative camera techniques that organize the elements of composition. Students learn the psychology of photography in terms of space, light, time and emotional impact. Lecture only.

PHO 301 - Digital Black and White Photography Techniques
Hours: 3
This course is an exploration of advance digital photographic tools and techniques to gain an understanding of color file conversion to black and white, advanced digital printing techniques, basic studio lighting, professional presentation of photographic work and investigation of critical issues in contemporary photography. This course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations, assignments, field trips and critiques with an emphasis on the creation of a cohesive final project and web site Prerequisites: PHO 112.

PHO 339 - Environmental Portraiture
Hours: 3-4
(3 lecture, 3 studio) An exploration of the creative potential inherent in the relationship between subject and environment in portraiture. Basic portrait strategies in both location and studio settings will be covered. Considerations in lighting, composition, gesture and mood will be discussed. Contemporary issues in portraiture for commercial, editorial and art purposes will be covered. Prerequisite: PHO 112, PHO 210.

PHO 341 - Commercial Photography
Hours: 4
This course introduces students to the innovation, evolving technologies, marketing strategies, and business practices employed in the field of professional photography. Students solve real-world client-based needs by applying both traditional design methods and innovative approaches to photography, video and multimedia. Prerequisites: PHO 112 & PHO 210.

PHO 349 - Nature & Wildlife Photography
Hours: 3-4
(3 lecture, 3 studio)Nature and wildlife photographic techniques with emphasis on digital capture and digital portfolio production. One week of shooting in a wilderness area is required. Prerequisites: Photography 111.

PHO 350 - Advanced Digital Photography
Hours: 3
(3 lecture, 3 lab). A continuation of Photography 250, this course places increased emphasis on the computer as a tool for the enhancement of photographic images and illustration. Prerequisites: PHO 112.

PHO 351 - Introduction to Photojournalism
Hours: 4
An introduction to photojournalism. This class covers techniques and equipment needed when shooting for publication and places an emphasis on producing digital images.

PHO 352 - Advanced Photojournalism
Hours: 4
Photojournalism students will refine their photo reporting skills while expanding techniques to include visual storytelling and documenting with emerging technology. Students must be published. An emphasis will be placed on students publishing assignments to further portfolios. Critiques will be an integral part of the course.

PHO 357 - Documentary Photography
Hours: 3-4
(3 Lecture, 3 Lab) A workshop on photographic documentary strategies. A range of documentary approaches will be covered. Each student will choose a semester long photographic project. At the conclusion of the class students will assemble an exhibition. Prerequisites: PHO 112.

PHO 358 - Architectural Photography
Hours: 4
(3 lecture, 3 studio)This course explores the technical challenges of photographing both interior and exterior architectural structures and the human-altered landscape for both personal expression and historical documentation. Lecture topics will include the historical and contemporary technical and conceptual aspects of photographing architectural spaces. Assignments will focus on photographing both rural and urban structures using both natural and artificial light. Individual and group critiques will guide student production. Prerequisites: PHO 112.

PHO 359 - Junior Photography Seminar
Hours: 3-4
(3 lecture, 3 studio)This course is an advanced photography seminar course in which students will work to deepen their photographic practice. This course will foster the development of a creative body of work and your professional practice as a photographer. In addition to individual self-driven projects, students will read and discuss writings on current trends in photography. Prerequisites: Photography 112.

PHO 360 - B&W Darkroom Techniques
Hours: 3
(3 lecture, 3 studio)This course examines traditional wet darkroom techniques, including film cameras and processing, exposure, development and printing silver-gelatin paper. The student will explore different films, papers and processing techniques and how they relate to perception and content in traditional black-and-white photography. Prerequisites: PHO 112.

PHO 369 - Alternative Print Making
Hours: 3-4
Course will explore antique and non-silver processes such as, but not limited to, gum-bichromate, cyanotype, van dyke, along with unconventional photographic processes involving digital negative production, montage, collage, masking, toning, intensification, and reduction. Prerequisites: PHO 111.

PHO 370 - Video Production Tech
Hours: 4
Video Production Techniques - Four semester hours This course introduces the basics of video production utilizing the latest recording technology and video editing equipment. Students study basic equipment operation, video composition, lighting and audio production planning, and visual narrative storytelling. Students work individually and in groups to create video projects

PHO 389 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-4

PHO 390 - Location and Event Photography
Hours: 4
This is an intensive semester long course that addresses the technical and conceptual aspects of photographing events and on-location based photographic work. Students will learn about how to address site-specific issues of lighting and the dynamic nature of working at a wide range of events. Students will build a portfolio of work by the end of the semester. Prerequisites: PHO 209, PHO 210, or permission of instructor.

PHO 397 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4
This course will be an intensive semester long course that addresses contemporary trends in photography. A wide range of topics will be offered such as (but not limited to) commercial applications of photography, photojournalism/documentary, environmental portraiture, and art photography. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisites: PHO 209, PHO 210, or permission of instructor.

PHO 403 - Business Practices in Pho
Hours: 3
Business Practices in Photography. Three semester hours. This course introduces the student to business practices, copyright law, studio operation, marketing, financial management and other practical matters related to the business of photography. Prerequisite: Photography 111.

PHO 444 - Advanced Commercial Photography
Hours: 4
Advanced commercial photography is an intensive course in which studio and location assignments are driven by client-based problems for end-use applications such as advertising, marketing and public relations. Students rely on traditional elements of art and design while integrating the latest photographic technology and software to make photographic images for social media, multimedia, print and web applications. Students may work in teams with writers, designers and account managers to develop campaigns marketing products and services within an active business environment that takes into account budget, timelines and feasibility. Prerequisites: PHO 112 with a minimum grade of C and PHO 210 with a minimum grade of C.

PHO 450 - Photography Seminar
Hours: 4
This course is an advanced photography portfolio-building course in which students will work to deepen their photographic practice. It will foster the development of students' creative body of work and their professional practice as photographers. In addition to individual self-driven projects, students will read and discuss writings on current trends in photography. This course will be an intensive semester-long course that addresses contemporary trends in photography. Prerequisites: PHO 209, PHO 210, or permission of instructor.

PHO 489 - Independent Study
Hours: 1-6
Independent Study. One to Three semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of a member of the Photography faculty.

PHO 490 - H Honors Thesis
Hours: 3-6

PHO 491 - H Ind Honors Readings
Hours: 3

PHO 495 - Photography Internship
Hours: 3
Approved work experience in photography. Supervision under the guidance of a practicing professional and departmental faculty member. Prerequisites: PHO 210.

PHO 497 - Special Topics
Hours: 1-4
This course will be an intensive semester long course that addresses contemporary trends in photography. A wide range of topics will be offered such as (but not limited to) commercial applications of photography, photojournalism/documentary, environmental portraiture, and art photography. May be repeated when topics vary.