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Minor inPhotography

A minor in photography allows students the opportunity to focus specifically on artistic and professional photographic practices.

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Photography Curriculum Overview

A minor in photography allows students the opportunity to focus specifically on artistic and professional photographic practices. Through coursework, students learn traditional camera and darkroom techniques and contemporary digital workflows. Aesthetics, critical analysis and the history of photography are also part of the curriculum – taught in the classroom and through visits to local galleries and photography studios. An internship, connecting students to the local professional community, is also required. By pursuing the minor, students will gain the breadth of experience needed to develop their own personal photographic vision.

Prerequisites from General Education 5 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 101 Approaching Art 2
ART - 102 2D Design 3

This course lays the foundation for approaching visual art by introducing fundamental aspects of the nature of art and art making. The course will investigate four areas which are key to appreciating art. These four units will include the importance perceptual skills, the nature of the creative process, the place of art in its cultural context, and the role and processes of abstraction. The course will involve looking at art, reading, writing and speaking about art using acquired vocabulary and knowledge.

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This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for two-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic two-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

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Required: 23 or 24 Credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 202 Digital Art I 3
ART - 241 Photography I 3
ART - 341 Photography II 3
ART - 342 Digital Photography 2
ART - 441 Advanced Photography 4
ART - 473 History of Photography 3
ART - 271 Survey of Western Art I 3
ART - 472 19th & 20th Cntry Art & Dsgn 4
ART - 498 Arts Internship 1

This introductory course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of design using computer technology as the primary medium. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create designs with a variety of design software programs. Although technological and ethical issues in the field will be addressed, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART102, or consent of instructor).

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This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of photographic practices and processes. The use and operation of the 35mm film camera, experimental and traditional black and white darkroom techniques and new digital technologies will be taught through demonstration and assigned projects. Photographic history and criticism will also be introduced. Portfolio production will be the main form of assessment in this introductory course.

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This course expands students' knowledge of the use of the 35 mm camera and black and white darkroom processing and printing. Students learn to control film exposure and development in order to make consistently good prints. Photographic theory is introduced. Students will fully explore their ideas through shooting a lot of film. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review, as well as class participation. (Prerequisite: ART 241 or consent of instructor.)

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This course will investigate the unique approaches to digital photography as an art form. This field will be compared and contrasted with black and white photography and also explored as its own unique area of artistic investigation. Emphasis will be given to seeing and thinking like an artist.

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This course is designed to establish personal style in photography. Traditional treatment of the medium will be investigated along with creative and divergent photographic expressions. Computer applications in photography will be introduced and explored. Significant emphasis will be placed on developing skills in formal and iconographic criticism. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review. (Prerequisite: ART 241 or consent of instructor)

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This course introduces students to 19th, 20th and 21st century photographic technologies, practitioners and images. Emphasis is on Western photographic practices and the impact that the invention of photography has had on our understanding of the world around us from science, history, culture, aesthetics, politics, current events, and every-day life.

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This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in art history as well as important masterworks from the western art tradition. Prehistoric work through the 14th C. will be addressed. Non-art majors can enjoy this course. (Prerequisite: ART101)

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This course examines the revolutionary developments in painting, sculptural and architectural traditions from the 19th C. as well as the Modernist traditions of the first half of the 20th C. and the initial Post-Modern trends that follow. The course links these artistic developments with world-wide cultural influences. In addition, special attention is given to the history of design. (Prerequisite: ART272)

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This opportunity is specifically required for Community Arts majors or minors as well as Design Majors. It establishes advanced field study in the discipline in a setting outside the campus context. The internship will be arranged by the student in consultation with the advisor and assessment will be through contractual arrangement with the guiding mentor. (Community Arts majors are encouraged to do this through HECUA.) (Prerequisite: ART301)

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Meet Your Professors

Keith Williams Department of Art Chairperson, Professor of Art and Art History

Keith's passion for art and for quality teaching has led him to do workshops across the United States, to jury ceramic exhibition and to exhibit his own work.

Cate Vermeland Term Faculty in Art

Cate has a passion for making art accessible to all and has created numerous Community Art activities on campus.

John DuFresne Term Faculty of Graphic Design Art

DuFresne brings 25 years of higher education experience in visual communications, including the development of award-winning design programs at two previous academic institutions.

Stephanie Hunder Professor of Art

Stephanie Hunder teaches printmaking and digital media at Concordia where she is Department Chair, Gallery Director and Professor of Art.

Career Potential

  • Corporate Photographer
  • Digital Artist / Photo Retoucher
  • Documentary / Travel Photographer
  • Editorial Photographer
  • Event Photographer
  • Fashion Photographer
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Still Photographer
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Photojournalist
  • Photo Archivist
  • Photo Editor
  • Photo Researcher
  • Photo Technician
  • Photographer's Assistant
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Product Photographer
  • Professor / Teacher
  • Stock Photographer

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