2017-2018 Commercial Photography Courses

PHO 1022 - Photographic Imaging I (3)
An introductory course in digital photography which will cover technical information about
cameras, lenses, printing, cataloging processes, image editing and workflow practices. Students
will also learn the foundations of composition for various genres of photography. Students will
need access to a DSLR camera. A limited number are available for loan through the program.
Studio five hours. (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of
MAT 0010.)

PHO 2022 - Photographic Imaging II (3)
A continuation of PHO 1022 - Photographic Imaging I (3) that covers advanced photographic
processes and practices and will investigate control systems for exposure and development, the
zone system, lighting, film processing, digital imaging processes and printing. Students will
improve on their composition and photographic production values. Students will need access to a
DSLR camera. A limited number are available for loan through the program. Studio five hours.
Prerequisite: PHO 1022. (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful
completion of MAT 0010.)

PHO 2032 - History of Photography (3)
GEN ED: Liberal Studies Experience
This course examines photography in a historical context from the beginning of the 19th Century
to present. This comprehensive study of the technical and creative evolution of photography will
feature historically significant photographers, their styles and corresponding historical events.
Emphasis shall be placed on the evolution of photography in relation to developments in science,
technology, society, the arts and politics. Lecture three hours.

PHO 2052 - Form and Media in Photography (3)
Form and Media in Photography is designed to improve the visual literacy and compositional
awareness of students intending to be Commercial Photography majors or minors. The course
will focus on current trends in commercial imaging and usage in a variety of media. Students may
explore photographic design and aesthetic elements in catalogs, editorial magazines, corporate
media, web sites, packaging, and retail venues, and other appropriate media outlets. The use of
emerging media and video as it relates to photography in these areas may also be studied.
Prerequisite: PHO 1022. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHO 2022.

PHO 2062 - Issues in Contemporary Photography (3)
This course will provide students with an understanding of the theoretical, critical, and
professional concepts in contemporary photography. Topics may include but are not limited to,
how the roles of philosophy, art history, science, technology, literature, psychology, marketing,
consumer trends and consumption are relevant to photography and the various genres within the
field. Students will broaden their understanding of these issues through readings, lectures,
discussions, assignments, critiques, and presentations by professionals within the field.
Prerequisite: PHO 2022.

PHO 3012 - Advanced Digital Photography (3)
This course covers advanced digital photographic processes which may include: control systems
for exposure, capture, editing, color profiling, calibration, and image presentation. Students will
gain advanced digital image editing skills and workflow methodology. Lecture two hours,
laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: PHO 2022 or permission of the instructor.

PHO 3032 - View Camera (3)
This course will introduce the student to making photographs with the view camera. This is a
major tool of the professional photographer and the following information will be covered: the view
camera and its basic parts, basic view camera operations, advanced view camera controls, and
materials, processes, and accessories associated with the view camera. A primary concern in this
course will be visual advantages of the view camera. The goal will be a portfolio which
demonstrates technical and visual awareness. Studio five hours. Prerequisites: PHO 2022.

PHO 3042 - Studio Photography (3)
An introductory course to studio photography that covers studio lighting for industrial/product and
portrait photography. Studio five hours. Prerequisite: PHO 2022. (ND Prerequisite: passing the
math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.)

PHO 3052 - Video Production for Photographers (3)
This course will utilize the audio and video capabilities of today's HDSLR cameras and explore
how photographers can create compelling and complex visual narratives for their clients in the
commercial and corporate marketplace. Topics may include advanced technical techniques for
the use of different audio microphones, best practices in recording audio for editing, how to light
and shoot for motion, time lapse and animation of stills, conducting and shooting interviews, and
basic non-linear editing techniques. Course assignments are to be completed to professional
standards. Students will need access to a video capable DSLR camera. A limited number of
cameras are available for loan through the program. Studio five hours. Prerequisite: PHO 2022.

PHO 3072 - Editorial Photography (3)
Editorial Photography is an advanced three credit hour course that emphasizes the tools and
lighting techniques of the professional editorial and corporate/industrial photography
marketplaces. Topics may include studio lighting, DSLR camera usage, and various location
lighting techniques. Students will learn about business procedures and markets specific to
editorial photography. Studio five hours. Prerequisite: PHO 3042.

PHO 3092 - Professional Photographic Practices (3)
GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)
This course is designed to introduce the upper level photography major to best professional
practices for the photography proprietor/ entrepreneur. Topics may include intellectual property
law, tax obligations and reporting requirements, employment law, insurance responsibility, and
renters' rights and obligations under a lease. In addition, the course may cover software solutions
to estimating and bidding jobs, tracking expenses, invoicing clients, and developing legal
contracts. The course will also cover marketing, promoting and advertising options. By the end of
the course, students will have developed a business plan, a financial statement, marketing
materials, and have created a visual identity (logo/brand) to take into the marketplace.
Prerequisites: PHO 3042, R C 2001 or its equivalent.

PHO 4402 - Advanced Video Production for Photographers (3)
Advanced Video Production for Photographers is an advanced three credit hour course that will
build on course content from PHO 3052 - Video Production for Photographers (3). The course
will utilize the audio and video capabilities of today's HDSLRs and explore how photographers
can utilize video and sound to create compelling and complex visual narratives for their clients in
the commercial and corporate marketplace. The course will expand on skills covered in advanced
technical data and techniques on the use of different audio microphones, best practices in
recording audio for editing, how to light and shoot for motion, time lapse and animation of stills,
conducting and shooting interviews, and basic non-linear editing techniques. The course
assignments are to be completed to professional standards. Students will need access to a video
capable DSLR camera; a limited number of cameras will be available through the program.
Studio five hours. Prerequisite: PHO 3052.

PHO 4412 - Fashion and Beauty Photography (3)
Students in this advanced course will review the history of fashion and beauty photography,
explore current trends in the industry, and survey the many markets and applications for fashion
and beauty imagery. Students will have the opportunity to work with models - both volunteer and
professional - make-up artists, hair stylists, and wardrobe stylists in learning how to produce a
professional fashion or beauty shoot. Each student will be encouraged to develop her or his own
style through fashion editorial assignments, beauty advertising assignments, and testing with
models, both in the studio and on location. Working digitally, students will also have the
opportunity to learn how to use a wide range of lighting and camera controls specific to beauty
photography in order to establish a color managed workflow to guarantee consistency of image
production from capture through final delivery of images. Studio five hours.
Prerequisite: PHO 3042.

PHO 4422 - Product Photography (3)
This advanced course will emphasize the tools and techniques of the professional photographer.
Studio lighting, large format cameras, and color transparencies will be primarily used, and the
student is expected to have working knowledge of these. Assignments will be expected to be
completed to professional standards. Studio five hours.
Prerequisites: PHO 3032 and PHO 3042.

PHO 4432 - Commercial Photographic Production (3)
This studio class will acquaint the student with the fundamentals of commercial production in
advertising and high end editorial photography. As photographers grow in their capabilities and
experience, they will be expected to work as part of a creative team that can produce work of the
highest quality. By shifting roles on each of three projects, students will become familiar with the
functions of the Art Director, the Producer and the Commercial Photographer as they work in
collaboration on complex creative projects. Studio five hours. Prerequisites: PHO 3042 and PHO
3072.

PHO 4442 - Wedding and Portrait Photography (3)
This course covers the essential logistics and business practices required to successfully work in
the wedding and portrait marketplace. In addition, advanced shooting and location lighting
techniques are explored in relation to the discipline. Along with the creation of pricing and
marketing materials, students are encouraged to pursue their unique photographic style through
shooting assignments aimed at building a working portfolio. Studio five hours. Prerequisite: PHO
3072.

PHO 4452 - Architectural and Interior Photography (3)
This course will emphasize the tools and lighting techniques of the professional advertising,
corporate/industrial, and editorial photography marketplaces specific to the built environment. The
course will cover advanced technical information in architectural and interior design photography
using interior and exterior location lighting, in mixed lighting environments. Students will utilize
large format, medium format and/or DSLR cameras to complete assignments. Studio five hours.
Prerequisites: PHO 3032 and PHO 3042.

PHO 4492 - Photographic Portfolio (3)
GEN ED: Capstone Experience
This senior level course is designed for the major in Commercial Photography. The course will
prepare the graduating senior to apply for employment in the field of professional photography or
admission to graduate school. Topics covered will include letters of introduction, resumes,
portfolio production and presentation, preparing exhibits, and web pages. Through the production
of the final portfolio, students will demonstrate their technical skills, visual communication ability,
knowledge of theory in design, and awareness of the global market. Open only to Commercial
Photography majors. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours.
Prerequisite: senior standing.

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