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Fall Semester 2013
  • PHOTO-5318

    ANTIQUE & ALTERNATE PROCESSES

    Credits:

    In the photographic art world today, exciting new forms of print production have expanded expressive choices for artists, often combining processes from the earliest days of photography with the latest advances in digital media. In this course, students will explore a number of vintage and experimental photographic processes, including cyanotype, wet collodion, platinum/paladium printing, albumen, gum bichromate and liquid light. The goal of the course is to broaden the student's repertoire of photographic printmaking techniques and allow for experimentation with hybrid forms that combine old and new methods in innovative ways.
    Estimated cost of material: $150.00 - $200.00
    Elective; Sophomore and above
    Fee for non-photo majors: $100.00 Deposit: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5308

    DIGITAL FOUNDATION

    Credits: 3.00

    This course provides majors with a fundamental understanding of the differences between film-based photography and digital imaging and introduces students to the underlying principles, languages and tools of electronic media. Students will learn key concepts in digital imaging such as modes of data capture, file management, processing workflow, color management, resolution, 'non-destructive' image processing, film scanning and inkjet printing. This course will show students how to strategically tailor software tools to their own specific imagery and workflow needs.
    Students will need their own digital or film cameras for this course.
    Major requirement
    Elective for nonmajors; Fee for nonmajors $100.00
  • PHOTO-5311

    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    Credits: 3.00

    This course is designed to give junior majors a thorough and deep understanding of the intermediate-level workflow for film capture and scanning and digital camera RAW file capture. Both workflows allow students to produce the highest quality inkjet prints on large-format printers. This course will touch on many topics, including advanced tonal and color correction techniques, image sharpening, digital camera exposure and Raw file processing, inkjet and Lightjet printing and automated batch file processing. While this course is primarily technical, students are expected to pursue their ongoing personal work to fulfill assignments, culminating in a final portfolio of 10 finished digital prints that demonstrate mastery of the techniques learned in the course. Students entering the course should be proficient in the use of the Macintosh platform and basic Photoshop operations and have a good understanding of processing and printing in black and white photography. Transfer majors must demonstrate these proficiencies to the satisfaction of the department before being permitted to enroll in this course.
    Major requirement
    May be taken concurrently with PHOTO 5212
    Permission of instructor for nonmajors
    Fee for nonmajors $100.00 Deposit $100.00
  • PHOTO-5347

    DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY

    Credits: 3.00

    This course combines an overview of the history, theory, political influences, trends of expression and a survey of past and contemporary artists working in the field, with the opportunity for students to put theoretical study into practice through assignments that aid in the development of one's own project. In weekly critiques of student documentary work including journals that record one's process and self - reflection, we will explore the process, grapple with ideological issues that arise, and challenge each other to push our understanding and the development of a documentary language further.
    Elective; Sophomore and above
    Open to nonmajors
    Fee for nonmajors $100.00 Deposit: $100.00
  • PHOTO-532G

    GRADUATE CRITIQUE I

    Credits: 3.00

    This course is an ongoing discussion of individual work with special reference to current issues and concerns in contemporary art. Each student will be required to show and discuss work. Grades by participation.
    Graduate major requirement; Photo Grad students only
    Registration by Photo department, course not available via web registration
  • PHOTO-536G

    GRADUATE CRITIQUE III THESIS

    Credits: 6.00

    This course is an ongoing discussion of individual work with special reference to current issues and concerns in contemporary art. Each student will be required to show and discuss work. Grades by participation.
    Graduate major requirement; Photo Grad students only
    Registration by Photo department, course not available via web registration
  • PHOTO-5304

    INTERMEDIATE PHOTO FOR NON-MAJORS

    Credits: 3.00

    This course is designed for nonmajors who have taken Intro to Photo for Non-Majors and who wish to continue in photography and develop their own individual approach to the medium.
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00 - $200.00
    Elective
    Fee for non-photo majors: $100.00 Deposit: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5350

    INTRO TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    Credits: 3.00

    In this course, students will be introduced to the basic principles of digitally capturing, processing, and printing photographs that are really worth making. We'll cover all the important functions that most digital cameras have in common and we'll go through the fundamentals of using Photoshop to refine and manipulate images. Students will learn their cameras' controls well enough to use the manual settings with confidence, and how to make the automatic features work for them instead of against them. We?ll consider what makes a good photograph both technically and creatively, and we'll critique prints made on the Photo department's high-quality Epson printers.
    Students will need to provide their own digital camera with raw capture capability (DSLR or equivalent), and a portable hard drive (formatted for Mac), both of which they should bring to the first class. (Hard drives will be needed before week 2.) Students registered for the course who are in the market for a new camera are welcome to contact the professor for camera purchasing advice.
    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • PHOTO-5300

    INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NON-MAJORS

    Credits: 3.00

    This is a basic course in the techniques of photographic seeing. Students will be given exercises to develop their ideas concerning the fundamental visual problems of photography. Students will also learn technical aspects of exposure, developing and printing in the darkroom as they explore and respond to the visual qualities of the medium. Students must provide their own 35mm camera with manual controls.
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00 - $200.00
    Elective
    Fee for non-photo majors: $100.00 Deposit:$100.00
  • PHOTO-5305

    JUNIOR STUDIO

    Credits: 3.00

    The Junior Studio continues the process begun in the Sophomore Studio but moves it to a more ambitious and sustained level of production and critical feedback. Students will be expected to work more autonomously and will explore their ideas with more focus and depth, with the goal of working toward the successful production of several bodies of work over the course of the year. Group and individual critiques will continue to form the basis of the course curriculum, supplemented by visiting critics, field trips and class exercises. Attendance at all departmental visiting artist lectures is required.
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00 - $200.00
    Major requirement; Photo majors only
    Registration by Photography department, course not available via web registration
  • PHOTO-5313

    LARGE FORMAT

    Credits: 3.00

    This course is designed to give students the skills and experience necessary to employ and control and unique drawing capabilities provided by the view camera. Topics covered will include using the view cameras tilt, swing, shift and rise movements to control focus, perspective and image shape. Students will also learn advanced exposure techniques and advanced black and white printing controls.
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00 - $500.00
    Major elective; Junior and above
    Permission of instructor for nonmajors
    Fee for non-photo majors $100.00 Deposit: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5314

    LIGHTING

    Credits:

    This course will focus on basic lighting techniques and principles that will provide students with the skills necessary to feel comfortable in a variety of lighting situations. Students will not only gain an understanding of how light can be manipulated and controlled but also how it can be used to communicate information. The course will serve as an introduction to the studio and to various kinds of tungsten and strobe equipment.
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00 - $200.00
    Major elective; Junior and above
    Permission of instructor for nonmajors
    Fee for non-photo majors: $100.00 Deposit: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5309

    SEMINAR: ISSUES & IMAGES I

    Credits: 3.00

    This course introduces students to a wide range of critical issues and expressive approaches in photographic practice since the 1970s. Course time will be divided among multimedia lectures, group discussions, visiting artists/curators, in-class projects, and student presentations. As this is a seminar, the course depends on students' active participation. Assignments will include both written and photo-based projects and each student will make a final presentation to the class, based on individual research, writing, and studio work.
    Major requirement
    Registration by Photography department, course not available via web registration
  • PHOTO-5310

    SEMINAR:ISSUES & IMAGES II

    Credits: 3.00

    The lines between still and time-based media are blurring in the digital era. New cameras offer both modes of image capture and image files are infinitely malleable. This course follows Issues & Image I and introduces students to a wide range of critical issues and expressive approaches in time-based (lens-based) work, concentrating on work of the past two decades. Course time will be divided among multimedia lectures, group discussions, visiting artists/curators, in-class projects, and student presentations. Reading and writing assignments will introduce students to the concepts and language of time-based work. Class lectures will expose them to a large range of styles, methods, genres and content concerns. Practical assignments (including a collaboratively-produced videotape, individually edited and presented to the class) will allow students to put theory into practice and understand in a low-tech, hands-on way the expressive possibilities of time-based work.
    Major requirement
    Registration by Photography department, course not available via web registration
  • PHOTO-5307

    SENIOR STUDIO

    Credits: 3.00

    The Senior Studio brings together the advanced skills and ideas about image-making that each student in the major has developed over the previous two years. Students are expected to work independently on their individual projects with the expectation of a culminating body of work to be presented in a public exhibition during the spring semester (Degree Project). As in Junior Studio, group and individual critiques with faculty and visiting artists will continue to form the basis of the course curriculum. Attendance at all departmental visiting artist lectures is required.
    Estimated cost of materials: $200.00 - $250.00
    Major requirement; Photo majors only
    Registration by Photography department, course not available via web registration
  • PHOTO-5302

    SOPHOMORE STUDIO

    Credits: 3.00

    The Sophomore Studio is focused on the development of each student's expressive vision so that she/he can create photographs with compelling content. Through group critiques and individual meetings with the instructor, students will refine their skills as photographers and learn how to verbally articulate issues in their own work as well as the work of others. The greater part of the class will geared towards creating an open an dynamic environment where students engage in the give and take of constructive feedback on their progress. The critique schedule will be enriched by readings, multimedia lectures and class field trips throughout the semester. Attendance at all department visiting artist lectures is required.
    Major requirement, Photo majors Only
    Registration by Photo department, course not available via web registration.
  • PHOTO-5312

    STILL:MOVING

    Credits:

    This final course in the required technical series for majors emphasizes the potentials of image-making untethered from a paper support. With the advent of digital image capture, the photograph, as digital data, has become an infinitely malleable unit of meaning that can be reconstituted to form sequences and transformations. Not only can it be a still print-object, but it can be a projection of light on any number of surfaces, an informational component in a screen-based narrative, or one visual element among many in an environmental installation. Students will explore the dynamic intersections between moving and still; timeless and time-driven; simultaneous and sequential imaging. They will learn how to move data fluidly among different programs and to work from a broader "systems-level" perspective - a necessity in the context of today's rapidly changing software platforms.
    Major requirement
    May be taken concurrently with PHOTO 5311
    Permission of instructor for nonmajors
    Fee for nonmajors $100.00 Deposit: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5235

    THE PHOTOBOOK

    Credits: 3.00

    It is not far fetched to think of our times as the Golden Age of the photobook. Never before have there been that many makers of photobooks, ranging from major publishers to individual artists producing their own photobooks "on demand." This development is both a reaction to and a consequence of new - digital - technologies, which have vastly lowered the barrier that stands between a photographer and her/his own photobook. As a consequence, there now is a small industry dedicated solely to photobooks, a development jump-started by the success of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's two-volume The Photobook: A History.
    The purpose of this course is twofold. First, it introduce students to the photobook, its role and purpose, and its history. Part of the historical survey will be to study well-known or important photobooks to see how they operate. Readings will be given to explore, text, sequencing and concept. Students will use their on going studio work to complete assignments to establish photo book design and sequencing skills. Each student will complete a photobook for the class final project. There will be an assignment designed to help produce a digital proof but the final book will be hand printed and bound at a custom binder. Distribution of the photobook and self-publishing will be explored in depth.
    This is a laptop based class. Laptop required
    Elective, Sophomore and above
    Estimated material Cost: $150.00

    Fee for non-majors: $100.00
Wintersession 2014
  • PHOTO-W561

    *FRANCE: PHOTOGRAPHY IN PARIS

    Credits:

    Over a period of five weeks, students will come to know well the magnificent city of Paris with its abundant museums, significant architecture, atmospheric parks and intimate cafes. Paris and its environs will be the catalyst for inspiring students of all levels of photography to begin or to continue to develop technical skills and to explore personal visions.

    In discussions on the work of past and contemporary photographers, in group critiques which investigate "learning how to see" and how to create "good" photographs, and in individual meetings, students are encouraged to respond in unique ways to photographic problems.

    Using black and white film and the 35mm camera as the primary tools for employing the visual language of art, students will process film and print in the well-appointed and maintained facility of the Photography Studies in France. The PSF building is located in the 11th arrondisement of Paris near the Bastille. In addition, field trips outside the city will introduce students to the countryside, as well as afford further photographic opportunities. Independent study in photography in Paris is sure to impact on the creative life of a student at any level of photography in immeasurable ways!
    Permission of instructor required.
    Estimated Travel Costs: This course has significant fees for travel and academic expenses which will be listed as soon as they are available.Payment in full is due at the time of registration. Registration begins in October at a time to be announced.
    Estimated Travel Cost: $5172.00,, airfare not included.
    ***Off-campus Study***
  • PHOTO-5232

    *INDIA:CREATING AN ARCHIVE

    Credits: 6.00

    This course will take place partially on the RISD campus and partially in Vrndavana, India, along with trips to Nathdwar, Puskar, Jaipur, Udaipur, New Delhi and Varkala. Students will learn the art of creating a photographic archive to document place. They will also spend time going through the theoretical and political ramifications of photographing another culture other than their own. Special attention will be given to the western eye on the east. We will discuss various readings that deal with the politics between tourism, travel, and photography. We will discuss the unique relationship Western photography has historically played with the East, exoticism, Orientalism, etc. We will also look at examples and discuss the strategies of artists who have successfully done projects on other cultures. We will then discuss our own strategy of picture making through the archiving process. The class will be divided up into small groups and be given responsibilities for different subjects.
    Permission of instructor required
    Estimated Travel Costs:This course has significant fees for travel and academic expenses which will be listed as soon as they are available.Once registered, the entire fee must be paid to the Student Accounts Office immediately. Registration begins in October at a time to be announced.
    Estimated Travel Cost: $4167.00

    ***Off-campus Study***
  • PHOTO-5326

    IMAGE BANK

    Credits: 3.00

    Image Bank is an interdisciplinary course investigating how new personal, social and political meanings can be generated from disparate visual sources. Sifting through the sedimentary layers of our experience of visual images (from high to mundane), each student will create a personalized image bank of at least 250 examples, including snapshots, postcards, newspaper and magazine clippings, internet images and their own photographs. What once seemed series of casually accumulated images becomes something concrete and intentional. Students will each create personal "rules" for their collecting, yet be challenged to explore how meanings change as they follow or bend those rules. Through collecting, indexing, and juxtaposing images, students will hone their skills as image interpreters and create new personal visual languages for themselves. In the end, each student will have a physical or digitized image bank to be used as source material for future projects. Throughout the course, we will explore artists whose work has focused on image collecting, including Gerhard Richter, Douglas Blau, Buzz Spector, John Cage, Martha Rossler, August Sander, Nina Katchadourian, John Baldessari, Hanne Darboven and others.
    Fee for non-majors: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5350

    INTRO TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    Credits: 3.00

    In this course, students will be introduced to the basic principles of digitally capturing, processing, and printing photographs that are really worth making. We'll cover all the important functions that most digital cameras have in common and we'll go through the fundamentals of using Photoshop to refine and manipulate images. Students will learn their cameras' controls well enough to use the manual settings with confidence, and how to make the automatic features work for them instead of against them. We?ll consider what makes a good photograph both technically and creatively, and we'll critique prints made on the Photo department's high-quality Epson printers.
    Students will need to provide their own digital camera with raw capture capability (DSLR or equivalent), and a portable hard drive (formatted for Mac), both of which they should bring to the first class. (Hard drives will be needed before week 2.) Students registered for the course who are in the market for a new camera are welcome to contact the professor for camera purchasing advice.
    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • PHOTO-W551

    INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY

    Credits: 3.00

    A study of basic photography as a visual language with an emphasis on the medium as a means of personal expression. Using 35mm cameras, students will investigate the techniques of seeing through the production of photographic negatives and prints. Assignments will be given to develop the students' awareness of the fundamental elements of tone, texture, light and form as conditioned by the technical possibilities inherent in the photographic medium.

    Deposit: $100.00
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00 - $200.00
    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • PHOTO-5233

    PHOTO INTENSIVE

    Credits: 3.00

    This class serves as an introduction to photographic methods and ideas. Through this, we will be exploring the creative possibilities of both traditional and digital photographic technologies. First and foremost, this course is about creative exploration in photography. Technical skills mean nothing if not paired with imagination, and this course will aim to develop both. Throughout the semester, the instructor will consistently be pushing towards an integration of these new technical skills with the interests and ideas that are important to you as an individual. Using film cameras and complimentary digital tools, students will address the essential technical, conceptual, and artistic problems that have been associated with photography since its birth, as well as some of the new issues that have arisen with the advent of digital imaging. Through a combination of assignments and critiques, in-class exercises, and artists' talks, students will question what they know about the medium and its potential. At a time when photography's popularity and ubiquity has challenged its relevance as a fine art form, this course will explore the photographic image as a powerful and versatile tool for contemporary artistic self-expression.
    Deposit:$100
    Course fee and department receiving fee:$100.00
  • PHOTO-5322

    PROF. PRACTICE IN PHOTOGRAPHY

    Credits: 3.00

    This course will cover the breadth of problems professional photographers face, such as building a portfolio, promoting work, finding jobs, keeping financial records, and copyright, model releases, and other legal issues. These matters are germane to all professionals, whether they are fine art or applied photographers. Course work will include field trips to Boston and New York to visit various photography professionals.

    Open to all Majors.
    Everyone enrolled in this course must pay the fee.
Spring Semester 2014
  • PHOTO-5358

    ADVANCED DIGITAL PRINTING

    Credits: 3.00

    This class is an extension of the material covered in the "Digital Photography" course and is designed to give students the skills to employ the latest and most advanced techniques in the art and craft of fine photographic digital printing. Special topics and techniques covered will include; professional digital camera RAW workflow, advanced color corrections in LAB color space, advanced masking and compositing techniques, Color management and color profiling. Students will have the opportunity to work in the advanced B&W quad tone RIP and will create custom profiles for their own paper and ink combinations. There will be a tutorial on mosaic and stitching software for making large format captures with digital SLR cameras.
    Major elective
    Permission of instructor for nonmajors
    Fee for nonmajors $100.00 Deposit: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5308

    DIGITAL FOUNDATION

    Credits: 3.00

    This course provides majors with a fundamental understanding of the differences between film-based photography and digital imaging and introduces students to the underlying principles, languages and tools of electronic media. Students will learn key concepts in digital imaging such as modes of data capture, file management, processing workflow, color management, resolution, 'non-destructive' image processing, film scanning and inkjet printing. This course will show students how to strategically tailor software tools to their own specific imagery and workflow needs.
    Students will need their own digital or film cameras for this course.
    Major requirement
    Elective for nonmajors; Fee for nonmajors $100.00
  • PHOTO-5311

    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    Credits: 3.00

    This course is designed to give junior majors a thorough and deep understanding of the intermediate-level workflow for film capture and scanning and digital camera RAW file capture. Both workflows allow students to produce the highest quality inkjet prints on large-format printers. This course will touch on many topics, including advanced tonal and color correction techniques, image sharpening, digital camera exposure and Raw file processing, inkjet and Lightjet printing and automated batch file processing. While this course is primarily technical, students are expected to pursue their ongoing personal work to fulfill assignments, culminating in a final portfolio of 10 finished digital prints that demonstrate mastery of the techniques learned in the course. Students entering the course should be proficient in the use of the Macintosh platform and basic Photoshop operations and have a good understanding of processing and printing in black and white photography. Transfer majors must demonstrate these proficiencies to the satisfaction of the department before being permitted to enroll in this course.
    Major requirement
    May be taken concurrently with PHOTO 5212
    Permission of instructor for nonmajors
    Fee for nonmajors $100.00 Deposit $100.00
  • PHOTO-5340

    FAMILY ALBUM

    Credits: 3.00

    This class will explore artists who make work about family and life experiences that some might argue are too personal, or inappropriate, for public consumption. What strategies do artists use to transform deeply personal experiences into work that is meaningful to others? Lectures and screenings will draw from the rich tradition of family and personal work from photography and film, but will also include work from other disciplines. Assignments will include readings, research, and studio work. Student from all fine art disciplines are welcome. Elective, Sophomore and Above
  • PHOTO-535G

    GRADUATE CRITIQUE II

    Credits: 6.00

    This course is an ongoing discussion of individual work with special reference to current issues and concerns in contemporary art. Each student will be required to show and discuss work. Grades by participation.
    Graduate major requirement; Photo Grad students only
    Registration by Photo department, course not available via web registration
  • PHOTO-537G

    GRADUATE CRITIQUE IV THESIS

    Credits: 6.00

    This course is an ongoing discussion of individual work with special reference to current issues and concerns in contemporary art. Each student will be required to show and discuss work. Grades by participation.
    Graduate major requirement; Photo Grad students only
    Registration by Photo department, course not available via web registration
  • PHOTO-539G

    GRADUATE PHOTO THESIS WRITING

    Credits: 6.00

    A Graduate Thesis is to be determined in consultation with faculty advisor by the beginning of the first semester of the second year.
    Graduate major requirement; Photo Grad students only
    Registration by Photo department, course not available via web registration
  • PHOTO-540G

    GRADUATE THESIS PROJECT

    Credits: 3.00

    This period is dedicated to the development and presentation of a body of work supported by a written thesis in consultation with the student's Thesis Committee. The final exhibition and written thesis will be evaluated by the Thesis Committee which will submit a final grade to the Graduate Coordinator.
    Graduate major requirement; Photo Grad students only
    Registration by Photo department, course not available via web registration
  • LAEL-LE39

    HISTORIES OF PHOTOGRAPHY II

    Credits: 3.00

    Part II of a two-semester course that will survey major topics in the Histories of Photography. Emphasis will be given to the diverse cultural uses of photography from its invention to the present day. Such uses include: the illustrated press; amateur photography; studio photography; industrial; advertising, and fashion photography; political and social propaganda; educational and documentary photography; and photography as a medium of artistic expression. Much attention will be paid to how photographs construct histories, as well as being constructed by them.
  • PHOTO-5304

    INTERMEDIATE PHOTO FOR NON-MAJORS

    Credits: 3.00

    This course is designed for nonmajors who have taken Intro to Photo for Non-Majors and who wish to continue in photography and develop their own individual approach to the medium.
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00 - $200.00
    Elective
    Fee for non-photo majors: $100.00 Deposit: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5350

    INTRO TO DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    Credits: 3.00

    In this course, students will be introduced to the basic principles of digitally capturing, processing, and printing photographs that are really worth making. We'll cover all the important functions that most digital cameras have in common and we'll go through the fundamentals of using Photoshop to refine and manipulate images. Students will learn their cameras' controls well enough to use the manual settings with confidence, and how to make the automatic features work for them instead of against them. We?ll consider what makes a good photograph both technically and creatively, and we'll critique prints made on the Photo department's high-quality Epson printers.
    Students will need to provide their own digital camera with raw capture capability (DSLR or equivalent), and a portable hard drive (formatted for Mac), both of which they should bring to the first class. (Hard drives will be needed before week 2.) Students registered for the course who are in the market for a new camera are welcome to contact the professor for camera purchasing advice.
    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • PHOTO-5300

    INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY FOR NON-MAJORS

    Credits: 3.00

    This is a basic course in the techniques of photographic seeing. Students will be given exercises to develop their ideas concerning the fundamental visual problems of photography. Students will also learn technical aspects of exposure, developing and printing in the darkroom as they explore and respond to the visual qualities of the medium. Students must provide their own 35mm camera with manual controls.
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00 - $200.00
    Elective
    Fee for non-photo majors: $100.00 Deposit:$100.00
  • PHOTO-5306

    JUNIOR STUDIO

    Credits: 3.00

    A continuation of Photo 5305 allowing junior level majors to investigate their image making concerns in depth. Class time will be used to critique work in progress.
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00 - $200.00
    Major requirement
    Registration by Photography department, course not available via web registration
  • PHOTO-5314

    LIGHTING

    Credits:

    This course will focus on basic lighting techniques and principles that will provide students with the skills necessary to feel comfortable in a variety of lighting situations. Students will not only gain an understanding of how light can be manipulated and controlled but also how it can be used to communicate information. The course will serve as an introduction to the studio and to various kinds of tungsten and strobe equipment.
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00 - $200.00
    Major elective; Junior and above
    Permission of instructor for nonmajors
    Fee for non-photo majors: $100.00 Deposit: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5398

    SENIOR DEGREE PROJECT

    Credits: 6.00

    This six-credit course is designed to provide the necessary production time for the realization of the Degree Project, culminating in a well-organized and installed public exhibition of a project or body of work in the department's Red Eye Gallery. The Degree Project must be approved by photography faculty and accompanied by a written Degree Project Thesis. Attendance at all departmental visiting artist lectures is required.
    Major requirement; Photo majors only
    Registration by Photography department, course not available via web registration
  • PHOTO-5303

    SOPHOMORE STUDIO

    Credits:

    A continuation of Photo 5302, providing an open and dynamic environment where sophomore majors can create photographs and engage in constructive feedback on their progress.
    Major Requirement, Photo Majors Only
  • PHOTO-5312

    STILL:MOVING

    Credits:

    This final course in the required technical series for majors emphasizes the potentials of image-making untethered from a paper support. With the advent of digital image capture, the photograph, as digital data, has become an infinitely malleable unit of meaning that can be reconstituted to form sequences and transformations. Not only can it be a still print-object, but it can be a projection of light on any number of surfaces, an informational component in a screen-based narrative, or one visual element among many in an environmental installation. Students will explore the dynamic intersections between moving and still; timeless and time-driven; simultaneous and sequential imaging. They will learn how to move data fluidly among different programs and to work from a broader "systems-level" perspective - a necessity in the context of today's rapidly changing software platforms.
    Major requirement
    May be taken concurrently with PHOTO 5311
    Permission of instructor for nonmajors
    Fee for nonmajors $100.00 Deposit: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5339

    THE BUSINESS OF ART

    Credits: 3.00

    This course is designed for art students looking to transition into the creative economy. As the worlds of art and commerce increasingly co-mingle, we will explore how a RISD education and skill set is marketable beyond academia and the gallery world. This hands-on course will include making a business plan, building a brand, finding and dealing with clients, and managing estimates, invoices, taxes, and insurance. Through practical in-class exercises, guest lectureers, readings and assignment work, we will address the risks and rewards of making a living as an artist/entrepreneur.
    Elective; Junior and above
  • PHOTO-5235

    THE PHOTOBOOK

    Credits: 3.00

    It is not far fetched to think of our times as the Golden Age of the photobook. Never before have there been that many makers of photobooks, ranging from major publishers to individual artists producing their own photobooks "on demand." This development is both a reaction to and a consequence of new - digital - technologies, which have vastly lowered the barrier that stands between a photographer and her/his own photobook. As a consequence, there now is a small industry dedicated solely to photobooks, a development jump-started by the success of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's two-volume The Photobook: A History.
    The purpose of this course is twofold. First, it introduce students to the photobook, its role and purpose, and its history. Part of the historical survey will be to study well-known or important photobooks to see how they operate. Readings will be given to explore, text, sequencing and concept. Students will use their on going studio work to complete assignments to establish photo book design and sequencing skills. Each student will complete a photobook for the class final project. There will be an assignment designed to help produce a digital proof but the final book will be hand printed and bound at a custom binder. Distribution of the photobook and self-publishing will be explored in depth.
    This is a laptop based class. Laptop required
    Elective, Sophomore and above
    Estimated material Cost: $150.00

    Fee for non-majors: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5315

    VIDEO FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

    Credits: 3.00

    An accelerated course in digital video and non-linear editing for students who have experience with camera based imagery and digital skills. This class will accommodate students with no previous video production experience as well as those with video or audio pieces in-progress. Through weekly screenings students will be introduced to a wide range of approaches including documentary, experimental, installation, and projection.
    Estimated cost of materials: $150.00 - $200.00
    Elective: Junior and above
    Fee for non-photo majors: $100.00 Deposit: $100.00
  • PHOTO-5345

    WEB PROJECTS

    Credits: 3.00

    The Web has emerged as a virtual equivalent to the physical world, allowing artists, designers and photographers to contextualize their ideas in a highly flexible and globally accessible environment. This hands-on course shows students how to design and build web-based projects of their choosing, including highly experimental or conceptual works as well as online portfolios of existing work for professional self-promotion. The course will cover HTML, Flash and relevant support programs. Current Internet art and artists using the Web will be surveyed and discussed.
    Note: This is a laptop-based course Prerequisite: Basic Photoshop skills required
    Elective; Sophomore and above
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Tatiana Pina, In My Mother’s Garden, c-print