Photography Course Offerings

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PO 101 - Photography I

This course explores and introduces photography as a creative art form. Students will learn how to use a digital camera, and industry standard software to discover new ways for making pictures. Students will be introduced to different photographic approaches through demonstrations, practical projects, and hands-on editing in our state-of-the-art digital lab. A digital camera with manual controls is required for this course.
Course Fee: $30 (Tuition Rates & Fees)


PO 102 - Photography II

This course reinforces the concepts acquired in PO 101, with further investigation into the technical and creative practices of photography. Students will learn all aspects involved in the creation of high quality exhibition-ready prints by using professional inkjet printing systems and digital workflow. Flash units will be used to introduce off-camera lighting techniques and methods of artificial lighting. A fully adjustable digital camera with interchangeable lens (DSLR), capable of shooting in RAW format is required.
Course Fee: $30 (Tuition Rates & Fees)


PO 105 - History of Photography as Art

This is a mediated lecture course that studies the history of photography as an art form, since its inception in 1839. Special emphasis is on photography\'s contribution to past visual arts and social history, as well as to contemporary art. Topics include the lives and works of the key photographers, the historical processes (both silver and alternative), and the basic categories.
Course Fee: $10 (Tuition Rates & Fees)


PO 106 - Digital Imaging I

This course is designed for students who possess good knowledge of photographic foundations. It provides students with the tools to manipulate and enhance digital photographic images with Adobe Photoshop. Students create original and contemporary photographic imagery through exploration of the latest digital image processing techniques.
Course Fee: $30 (Tuition Rates & Fees)


PO 126 - Darkroom Black and White Photography

This class teaches students the traditional, chemistry-based photographic darkroom process. 35mm and other film cameras are used. Students learn the archival nature of the medium and practice exposure, development, and printing to create expressive, analog photographic images.
Course Fee: $30 (Tuition Rates & Fees)


PO 220 - View Camera: Large Format Photography

This course utilizes the 4x5 view camera in the chemistry-based darkroom environment. Traditional view camera movements such as swings and tilts, and perspective control are practiced. Within the medium, students explore the nature of large format negatives, including individually developed negatives, lab processed negatives, and digital scans.
Course Fee: $30 (Tuition Rates & Fees)


PO 230 - Digital Imaging II

This course emphasizes the individual creative voice, skill development, and how to work independently to create a cohesive body of work ready for portfolio reviews and exhibition opportunities. Course goals are achieved through use of advanced digital technologies, fine art inkjet printing, online self-publishing tools, social media networks, and lectures on contemporary photographic art.
Course Fee: $30 (Tuition Rates & Fees)


PO 245 - Studio Lighting

This course introduces the use of artificial lights in the studio setting and on location. With continuous lights and strobe units, studio equipment, lighting theory and techniques, students explore several topics to create a fine art and commercial portfolio of photographs.
Course Fee: $25 (Tuition Rates & Fees)


PO 260 - Introduction to Video

This course introduces students to video capture using DSLR cameras, and to editing techniques utilizing current Adobe Creative Cloud software. Students explore new ways of creating and presenting video work in the photography world.
Course Fee: $30 (Tuition Rates & Fees)


PO 270 - Alternative Photographic Processes

Prerequisites: PO 220. In this course the student will learn how to print using both existing large format negatives or enlarged digital negatives using historical processes such as Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Kallitype, Ziatype or the ultimate of all photographic printing processes, Platinum printing. Bringing the 19th century into the 21st century, the photographic student will also learn how to make enlarged digital negatives for printing using the above historical processes utilizing Adobe Photoshop and inkjet printers.
Course Fee: $50 (Tuition Rates & Fees)