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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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ART 2031 - Photography II

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture 3Lab None
Course Description: This course will challenge students to consider different ways that a variety of photographic processes can be used to communicate ideas. Students will be introduced to the tools, applications and creative methods used in making traditional as well as, nontraditional, alternative, and non-silver photographic images. Through class critiques, discussions of the history of photography and contemporary trends in art, and reading and writing assignments, students will expand their ability to evaluate, interpret and express ideas through the use of the camera and light sensitive materials. A group field trip to a major metro area art venue is required.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts

Prerequisite(s): Students must have a basic understanding of 35mm SLR cameras and darkroom experience.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Review basic foundations of traditional photography Technical Parts of the camera Exposure Film developing Darkroom safety History Early beginnings. Science or Art? History of the camera obscura History Early beginnings. Science or Art? History of the camera obscura
  2. Introduction of alternative methods Pinhole cameras Construction of pinhole cameras Contemporary artist using handmade, plastic and toy cameras Visual elements/image design Visiting artist
  3. Non-silver and camera-less images. Cyanotypes, photogram and Cliché verre Niepse, Daguerre and Fox Talbot Historical and contemporary uses
  4. Image transfer Fabricated, staged, altered and appropriated photographs
  5. The Post Modern World and Global Art Interdisciplinary Utilize other materials such as text, sound, performance, objects, installation and time-based media Field Trip art venue TBA
  6. Collaboration Art and Science
  7. Visual narrative Photo essay, Non-linear and implied narrative, The artist book

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of critical thinking and intelligent image making through presentations, writing assignments, and expressive uses of the medium.
  2. Demonstrate research, reading, writing and verbal skills.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process and studio practice.
  4. Utilize a vocabulary of terms related to the topics covered.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of formal and theoretical concepts within art, specifically within the area of photography.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to expand basic knowledge of the materials into non-traditional, experimental and inventive solutions
  7. Illustrate an understanding of craftsmanship and presentation methods in their creative work.
  8. Identify various exemplary works of contemporary art as well as works of historical significance.

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