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PH 003
Basic Photography Studio
0 credits; 1 STUDIO hours per week
Co-requisite: PH 103
For Fine Arts students. Students learn the practical applications of digital camera operations and studio lighting techniques.

PH 103
Basic Photography
2 credits
Co-requisite: PH 003
For Fine Arts students. Fundamentals of modern photographic practices including technical principles, aesthetic camera operation, and lighting techniques. Geared to aid the creative efforts of fine artists.

PH 112
Introduction to Photography
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Introduces students to the craft of photography, including lighting techniques, model direction and styling, and related exposure, film processing, and printing skills. Through discussion and critiques, students study photo trends for advertising, commercial, and editorial fashion uses.

PH 113
Photographic Techniques
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
An intense study of the photographic medium from a technical standpoint. Stresses an understanding of film and exposures as they relate to light, light measurement, contrast control, film processing, and photographic chemistry.

PH 114
Introduction to Digital Photography
1 credit; 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students are introduced to digital photography techniques and new digital technologies as they apply to image capture.

PH 115
Advertising Photography with Medium Format
3 credits; 6 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: PH 112 and PH 131
Emphasizes the use of 2 1/4, medium-format cameras in the fashion photography studio. Students learn advanced tungsten light techniques, with an introduction to monoblock electronic flash units for photography of models and accessories for advertising, editorial, or illustration use. Advanced darkroom procedures are stressed.

PH 116
Photography Basics
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Students develop an understanding of traditional film and digital cameras by learning basic studio and lighting setup, model direction, and related film exposure techniques. Working in color and black and white, students are encouraged to produce images that creatively explore personal themes and issues. (G6: Arts)

PH 117
Principles of Photography Including Darkroom Instruction
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Introduces students to the techniques of black-and-white photography, including basic studio setup, lighting techniques, model direction, and related film exposure as applied to the 35mm camera. Instruction on enlarging techniques and film processing through the use of the darkroom are also covered. (G6: Arts)

PH 118
Beginning Digital Photography
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
An introductory course that familiarizes students with the basics of photography from visual, aesthetic, and technical viewpoints. The course explores the differences between conventional, silver-based (analog), and digital photographic tools. Students learn camera technique, the transfer of the image from the camera to the computer, basic scanning, and digital printing. Students are required to possess their own digital (DSLR) cameras.

PH 121
Large Format Photography
2 credits; 4 STUDIO hours per week
Basic techniques in professional operation of a large-format view camera as applied to commercial still-life photography. Covers fundamental camera movements, lighting setups, 4x5 film processing, and printing skills.

PH 130
Lighting I
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Co-requisite: PH 171
Students are introduced to the craft of lighting. They explore the qualities of various kinds of light and observe light from a scientific perspective which informs their aesthetic decisions. This course is taught using digital cameras.

PH 131
Lighting Principles
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: (for students not majoring in Photography) PH 117
Co-requisite: (for students majoring in Photography) PH 112
The student photographer is introduced to the creative practices of lighting for studio and outdoor photography. Use and control of continuous light, natural light, and preexisting light are emphasized.

PH 162
Photographic Styling
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Introduces the elements of photographic styling, stressing both creative sensitivity and technical skills, through lectures and demonstrations. Assignments include fashion, beauty, illustration, tabletop, and food styling. (G6: Arts)

PH 171
Digital Darkroom
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
This course offers an in-depth study of the workflow necessary for the storage, editing, and output of digital photography. Students are introduced to computer-aided tools and techniques that apply to the production and aesthetic concerns of photography in the digital environment.

PH 201
Digital Photography for Accessories and Jewelry
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 118 , or approval of chairperson
Students learn to light and capture digital images of accessory and jewelry items. They explore lighting techniques for various surfaces and learn to enhance item color, contour, and contrast. A DSLR camera is required and a basic knowledge of an image-editing program such as Adobe Photoshop is strongly suggested.

PH 230
Lighting II
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 130
Students continue the exploration of light begun in PH 130. They apply techniques learned with continuous lights to strobe lights, the standard lighting tool of the professional photographer. Students explore the unique quality of strobe lights and develop techniques using the monoblock strobe.

PH 231
Electronic Flash
4 credits; 8 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 115
Advances photographic skills through the use of electronic lighting equipment and techniques. Small-, medium-, and large-format cameras are used to photograph models and still-life subjects in black and white or color mediums. Includes related darkroom procedures.

PH 241
Foundations of Color
2 credits; 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 112
Co-requisite: PH 115
Exploration of color as it applies to photography. Includes additive and subtractive color mixing, color harmony, lighting for color, light balancing, color correction, film, and digital color reproduction techniques.

PH 242
Advanced Projects and Portfolio Development
4.5 credits; 9 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: PH 231 and PH 241 or approval of chairperson
The relationship of advanced studio lighting, set preparation techniques, and digital image capture are explored in conjunction with color theories that apply to model and still-life photography for the printed page. Students complete industry-level assignments and personal interest images in the studio and on location. Emphasis is on preparation of an individualized portfolio presentation.

PH 262
Professional Procedures for the Commercial Photographer
2 credits
An in-depth understanding of owning and operating a small professional photography business is provided. Students learn and practice organizational and career goal planning techniques, assignment pricing structures, the use of standard contracts, maintaining accurate records, and the creation of standard business forms. Emphasis is on understanding copyright law and tax structure, and learning criteria for retaining legal and financial services.

PH 272
Photoshop I for Photographers
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Students engage in a comprehensive study of Adobe Photoshop tools using the Macintosh platform. Methods and management techniques for scanning, creation of selections, layers, color correction, and basic image manipulation are studied.

PH 274
Photoshop II for Photographers
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: PH 272
Students develop an advanced knowledge of layers, channels, curves, image merging, color correction, and color matching in the Adobe Photoshop program. Scanning devices, file formats, and resolution levels are explored.

PH 299
Independent Study in Photography
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Art and Design

PH 306
Digital Photography for Packaging Design
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PK 342
Students learn to produce professional quality images for their portfolios. The course focuses on studio tabletop photography, lighting techniques, and use of image processing and editing software. Problem-solving skills are also acquired by working with a variety of materials used in packaging.

PH 311
International Photographic Study and Practice
2 credits; 4 LABORATORY hours per week
Employing photo documentary practices, students gain a general understanding of digital photographic principles and a deeper understanding of another culture. Exploring that culture’s history with regard to art, fashion, architecture and social mores, students make imagery that has both immediate and lasting value. Through blogging assignments, students learn how to meld text and images to effectively communicate both subjective and objective points of view.

PH 331
Lighting for Still and Moving Images
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 118 or CG 211 or approval of instructor
An in-depth study of the aesthetics, history, and expressive power of lighting, both natural and artificial, as it is used in still photography and the moving image. Camera experience is required.

PH 341
Digital Craft and the Exhibition
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 242
Students explore methods for capture, editing and sequencing groups of digital images as cohesive statements with the aim of producing a photographic exhibition. Through field trips, critiques, and working with a guest art director, students study the signature styles and trends of various photographers.

PH 342
Advanced Project in Style and Media
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 371
This course pairs photography and fashion design students, to create and produce professional press kits and a short digital documentary interpretation of style and fashion.

PH 351
Professional Approach to Photojournalism
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 274 or approval of chairperson
Students learn how to unite image-making and writing skills to produce newsworthy picture stories. Topics covered include the legal and ethical issues that affect the process of photojournalism as well as the difference between objective and subjective judgments.

PH 361
Logistics of Location Photography
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 371
Students develop the techniques of location photography, including environmental portraiture, industrial, fashion and architectural photography for editorial and advertising purposes. Assignments stress image design and are performed with medium- and large-format cameras using digital capture technology, as well as indoor and outdoor lighting techniques.

PH 371
Retouching/Pre-Press Solutions for Photographers
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 274
Students explore ways to convey their ideas onto the printed page through retouching, editing and preparing digital files. High-end scanning, RGB to CMYK conversions, digital versus analog proofing and the differences between photographic, inkjet and offset printing are also explored from both theoretical and real-world perspectives.

PH 372
Digital Media Technology I
2 credits
Prerequisite: PH 371
This course provides practical, technical instruction in the use of high-end digital image capture backs coupled with traditional, medium format camera system hardware. Students explore the concepts and processes required to create photographic imagery using Adobe Photoshop, iMovie, and iDVD programs.

PH 404
Basic Interior Design Photography
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
For baccalaureate-level Interior Design students or those interested in interior photography. A foundation for understanding and achieving control of the photographic medium as it applies to interior and architectural photography is provided. Students learn scale model and flat art photography, use of black and white and color films, metering, camera control, lighting, and filtration.

PH 406
Digital Special Effects and Photographic Retouching
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: IL 324
Students enhance their traditional illustration skills in a digital environment. Exploring Adobe Photoshop and its plug-ins for retouching and special aspects, they achieve the technical ability to transform initial creative inspirations into powerful imagery.

PH 451
Multimedia Concepts
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 372
Students develop a critical point of view regarding video, electronic, digital, and print media through discussion, viewing, and critiquing published work. Assignments examine the relationship between art and media industries, covering topics that will include advertising, documentaries, the news, personal identity, and media imaging.

PH 461
Multimedia Portfolio
3 credits; 1 Lecture and 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 451
Graduating students assemble a professional-quality, digitally processed electronic and printed portfolio of imagery from thematic work produced during the sixth, seventh, and eighth semesters.

PH 471
Digital Media Technology II
2 credits
Prerequisites: PH 371 and PH 372
Students study various forms of state-of-the-art lighting techniques used for digital high-end photography. Lighting for the specific commercial areas of still life, portrait/fashion, architecture/interior, jewelry, and corporate/industrial are demonstrated and studied.

PH 491
Research for Senior Design Project
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: PH 341 and PH 342
This course assists students in developing a thesis proposal for the creation of a multimedia portfolio. Students research a chosen area of study and learn how to effectively plan and organize multimedia projects to be used in their senior design projects.

PH 492
Senior Design Project
2 credits; 4 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: PH 491
Students prepare a capstone project resulting from the senior design project research completed in the prior semester. The course culminates in a multimedia presentation to faculty, mentors, and invited professionals and Advisory Board members for critique.

PH 499
Independent Study in Photography
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Art and Design

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