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Photography's vital significance in our culture today not only inspires the creative mind, but presents new challenges to generate a modern art form. This program fosters an integration of technical knowledge, self-discipline, personal insight and social sensitivity, to enable a student to develop a critical awareness of the medium in a broad context, and to make images with understanding and intent.

FACILITIES

The Photography area consists of a main studio, an adjoining darkroom, mural room, and a separate film processing room. The darkroom is equipped with twelve Saunders LPL670 enlargers for black and white printing, while the senior lab is outfitted with an additional three enlargers capable of printing up to 4x5 negatives. Safety procedures will be discussed at the beginning of each term including information about hazardous materials and location of eye-wash units in the darkroom and film developing room.

The digital photography instructional lab is located in D building, with support for up to 17 students on PC workstations, while a shared Mac lab is located in C building, just outside the studios, and open to second year and independent students.

COST & MATERIALS

Students can expect to spend approximately $150.00 - $200.00 on photographic supplies. This does not include the cost of the camera. Photography students will be expected to have their own 35mm manual (not fully automatic) single lens reflex camera, or their own digital camera if they are enrolling in a digital photography course. While processing chemistry is supplied, you must provide your own black and white film and paper. The following are some of the basic materials required by photography students:

FILM DEVELOPPING SUPPLIES

  • archival negative sheets, pkg. of 25. e.g. Print File, and a 3-ring binder.
  • hand towel and rubber gloves (do not buy surgical gloves)

PRINTING SUPPLIES

  • RC photographic paper, multi-grade, pearl surface
  • fiber-based photographic paper, multi-grade, glossy surface, e.g. Agfa Multi-grade Classic
  • anti-static cloth
  • work-print storage box
  • compressed air or negative blower brush
  • grain focuser (optional)
  • magnifying loupe (optional)

PRINT FINISHING & MOUNTING/MATTING SUPPLIES

  • Spotone spotting inks (at least #3 or the basic set of 3 b/w tones)
  • .000 watercolour brush, good quality
  • matt board and dry mounting tissue
  • exacto or similar sharp knife

OTHER

  • notebook, scissors, masking tape, straight edge

COURSES OFFERED

    • VA 180: Digital Photography
    • VA 283: Photography I
    • VA 284: Photography II
    • VA 383: Photography III
    • VA 384: Photography IV
    • VA 483: Independent Studies: Photography
    • VA 484: Independent Studies: Photography

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

VA 180: Digital Photography

Emphasis is on the basics of digital imaging techniques beginning with scanning procedures and progressing through to the production of a final print. Techniques covered include the use of palettes, tools, layers and masks, as well as the application of text to images. The functional and aesthetic impact of digital photography in today’s society is investigated. This course is aimed at users with little or no experience of Adobe Photoshop. Students must have access to their own digital camera.

VA 283: Photography I

This course will entail a disciplined approach to the principles of basic black-and-white photography. Students will be instructed in the use of the 35mm camera and its controls, film processing and darkroom techniques. Experimentation and the development of a creative personal approach to the medium will be encouraged, but not at the expense of an accomplished practice. The development of the necessary technical skills is to be considered of primary importance. Both individual and class critiques will be conducted, and students will be expected to participate fully in order to develop their own analytical skills.

VA 284: Photography II

This course is a continuation of VA 183. Emphasis will be placed on the creative uses of black-and-white photography through a variety of techniques, presentations, including the introduction of archival printing and fiber-based paper. Students will be expected to develop their individual styles and interests through personal project development. Individual research and an oral presentation will also be a requirement.

VA 383: Photography III

This course introduces more advanced techniques in photographic practice including an introduction to medium format camera types, studio lighting, and mural printing. Students are expected to make substantial contributions to group discussions and emphasis will be placed on the development of a coherent body of work which reflects the student's thought processes and critical thinking on the various issues discussed in class. Gallery visits and individual research on photographic artists will be a requirement.

VA 384: Photography IV

This course continues the study of photographic practice and theory, and introduces the student to large format (4x5) photography. The primary focus will be on personal project development while learning the technical capabilities of the view camera. Students will be encouraged to research their chosen area of interest to create a cohesive body of work in relation to their developing critical knowledge and understanding of the contemporary art issues discussed in class. Gallery visits, assigned readings, and individual research on photographic artists will be a requirement.

VA 483: Independent Studies: Photography

This course introduces the process of self-directed, independent studies. Students will be expected to design their own personal projects which will reflect and demonstrate their thought processes and critical thinking on the chosen subject matter. Meetings will be organized throughout the term between individual students and instructor to discuss work in progress. Students will also be designated darkroom and studio tasks which are to be completed on a weekly basis, and which will be assessed as a percentage of the final grade. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a coherent body of work which articulates the intentions of the artist.

VA 484: Independent Studies: Photography

This course is a continuation of the process of self-directed, independent studies. Students will be expected to design their own personal projects, which will reflect and demonstrate their thought processes and critical thinking on the chosen subject matter. Meetings will be organized throughout the term between individual students and instructor to discuss work in progress. Students will also be designated darkroom and studio tasks which are to be completed on a weekly basis, and which will be assessed as a percentage of the final grade. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a coherent body of work that articulates the intentions of the artist.

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