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Fall 2019

  1. Antique & Alternate Processes

    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 Materials Cost: $150.00 - $200.00

    Elective; sophomore and above

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

  2. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of independent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.

  3. Contemporary Photography & Research

    What does 'research' mean for contemporary photographers? For artists using photography within their practice? This hands-on studio course investigates and critiques the nature and scope of research and its practical application to current practice, and how research provides a critical context to help develop awareness, extend subject knowledge, and inform the creation of new artistic work. We will learn through current case studies, unpicking what kinds of processes photographers use when making work. We will investigate to what extent individual practices differ and what analogies can be drawn across those practices. We will look at the roles of instinct and serendipity in allowing for other ideas to emerge. You will develop and hone your own research methods through a wide variety of experimental making and writing assignments, and through critique. This course is also a research project in itself, bringing together examples of photographic practice for you to ponder and engage into our own ideas, processes, and projects.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00

    Open to junior and above.

    Open to non-major as an elective.

  4. Digital Photography

    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

    Open to non-majors by permission of Instructor.

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

  5. Documentary Photography

    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 non-majors

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

  6. EHP Fall: Studio Concentratio

    In this intensive independent studio students continue and complete the work began in "EHP Studio Elective", culminating in the final exhibition and review. It corresponds to the remaining four weeks of the program, after students have finished with their Art History and Italian classes.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  7. EHP Studio Elective

    Independent studio is at the core of the EHP experience. Upon arrival, students are assigned studio space at the Palazzetto Cenci, home of RISD's program in Rome. With guidance from the chief critic, each student develops a personal body of work sparked by his/her interactions with places, people and circumstances in Rome and other locations that are part of the EHP tours (such as the Northern, Southern or Eastern tours, as well as other shorter trips.) The work takes as a point of departure knowledge and techniques specific to individual home departments, but allows, and even encourages, explorations beyond disciplinary boundaries, including collaborations and cross-fertilization within a group of students from different departments working together.

    Beyond consistent and thorough engagement with studio work, requirements include participation in open studios and exhibitions, presentations in reviews, and attendance to all group activities and events, such as lectures at the Cenci and other institutions. From time to time, the chief critic may issue short assignments to introduce or focus on a particular subject. As part of the studio elective, students may be encouraged to keep sketchbooks and/or diaries, participate in optional activities--such as figure drawing sessions--and search for brief internships, apprenticeships, or other forms of interactions with local artists, designers, curators and critics.

    EHP Studio Elective corresponds to the first twelve weeks of the program, while students are also taking Art History and Italian classes. This course establishes the direction for the work in the "Studio Concentration" course that follows.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  8. Graduate Critique I

    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.

  9. Graduate Critique III Thesis

    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

  10. Histories Of Photography I

    Part I 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.

    Major requirement; Photo majors

    Liberal Arts elective credit for non-majors pending seat availability.

  11. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  12. Intermediate Darkroom Photography

    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 Materials Cost: $150.00 - $200.00

    Elective

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

  13. Intro To Digital Photography

    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

  14. Introduction To Darkroom Photography

    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 Materials Cost: $150.00 - $200.00

    Elective

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

  15. Junior Studio

    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 Materials Cost: $150.00 - $200.00

    Major requirement; Photo majors only.

    Registration by Photography Department, course not available via web registration.

  16. Professional Internship

    The professional Internship provides valuable exposure to a professional setting, enabling students to better establish a career path and define practical aspirations. Internship proposals are carefully vetted to determine legitimacy and must meet the contact hour requirements listed in the RISD Course Announcement.

  17. Senior Studio

    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 Materials Cost: $200.00 - $250.00

    Major requirement; Photo majors only.

    Registration by Photography Department, course not available via web registration.

  18. Sophomore Photo Studio

    The Sophomore Studio is focused on the 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

    Registration by Photo Department, course not available via web registration.

    Open to non-majors as an elective.

    Permission of Instructor required.

Wintersession 2020

  1. *France: Photography In Paris

    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 encourage to respond in unique ways to photographic problems.

    The class begins with the use of film and the black and white analog darkroom. Students are encouraged to have a 35mm SLR film camera or larger. Using film and the 35mm camera as the beginning tool 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 (Speos). Once everyone has worked in the darkroom, we will move onto working with digital cameras and it is hoped that students will have a DSLR. In support of the digital part of the class there will be classes in Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and a special class in creating a perfect file for output at a lab. The Speos 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. The study of photography in Paris is sure to have an impact on the creative life of a student at any level of photography in immeasurable ways!

    Applications open in September. Registration begins in October at a time to be announced.

    All students are required to remain in good academic standing in order to participate in the WS travel course/studio. A minimum gpa of 2.5 is required. Failure to remain in good academic standing can lead to removal from the course, either before or during the course. Also in cases where WS travel courses and studios do not reach student capacity, the course may be cancelled after the last day of Wintersession travel course registration. As such, all students are advised not to purchase flights for participation in Wintersession travel courses until the course is confirmed to run, which happens within the week after the final Wintersession travel course registration period.

    Permission of Instructor required.

    Open to first year students with approval from the Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies.

    2020WS Travel Cost: $5,315.00 - airfare not included.

    ***Off-Campus Study***

  2. Assemble/construct: Collecting As Practice

    In what manner can one' s practice grow through collecting photographic imagery? How do found photographs impact one' s visual language? What and why do visual makers collect? In this seminar/studio class, students will develop personal collecting practices and learn how to integrate their collecting interests with their practice. Through a series of lectures and small-scale curatorial projects, we will look at artists whose practice is informed by collecting in some capacity, and how collecting and appropriating photographs may influence one' s artistic practice, whether lens-based or otherwise. We will investigate artists such as Melissa Catanese, Catherine Opie, Zoe Leonard, and Christian Boltanski, and how collecting in one form or another influences their work. We will have class discussions, an overarching collecting/sequencing assignment with integrated critiques, and share personal understandings and conceptual knowledge.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

  3. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of independent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered.

  4. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  5. ISP Non-major Elective

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.

    Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  6. Intro To Digital Photography

    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

  7. Introduction To Darkroom Photography

    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.

    Students must specify section number on registration form.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00 - $200.00 Deposit: $100.00

    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

  8. Photo Intensive

    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: $100.00

  9. Prof. Practice In Photography

    This is a course all photo majors should take to help launch their careers, whatever the specialty-fine art, fashion, commercial, editorial. Classes will include lectures and instruction by the professor and outside experts, covering the breadth of issues professional photographers face, such as building their portfolio, promoting their work, finding jobs, keeping financial records, and legal issues, such as copyright, and model releases.

    The core of the class involves field trips to visit artists and other photography professionals in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Those visited include many RISD photo graduates who have gone on to make careers in photography, and others who have something to teach about the many issues facing contemporary photographers.

    Note that the schedule of the class varies somewhat from most Wintersession classes because it includes a five-day trip to New York and Philadelphia, during the fourth week of Wintersession. The exact schedule will be available before registration opens.

    Open to all majors.

    Permission of Instructor required.

  10. Professional Internship

    The professional Internship provides valuable exposure to a professional setting, enabling students to better establish a career path and define practical aspirations. Internship proposals are carefully vetted to determine legitimacy and must meet the contact hour requirements listed in the RISD Course Announcement.

  11. The (Im)possibility Of Abstraction In Photography

    Many conceptions of photography limit it to an ability to depict the world. They reference photography's capacity in rendering the world so that the subject of the picture is recognizable. This, however, is merely one small aspect of the vast potential of a photographic means of creating imagery. This course seeks to illuminate these alternative means, primarily those associated with abstraction. Students will be given assignments in the form of reading, writing, photographic production, and presentations that will all challenge the student to new conceptions of the origins, essence, meaning, and fundamental theoretical aspects of photography as a medium as it relates to abstraction. A broad range of practitioners working in relation to photography and abstraction will be explored through lectures, presentations, discussions, artist visits, and critiques.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $50.00

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

  12. The Intimate Portrait: Through An Outsiders Lens

    What constitutes a portrait? How do we photograph someone we know intimately? How do we make an intimate portrait of someone we do not know? Does the perspective of a gender, sexual, or racial minority affect the intimacy of a portrait (or our perceptions as viewers of that intimacy?)? These are questions we will explore together by studying several portrait photographers and exploring their visions of intimacy, what it means to express those visions as a gender, sexual, or racial minority photographer, and how we can apply these ideas to our own work. During the course students will be asked to examine portraiture and the relationship between the photographer and the subject. We will look at other successful photographers of the intimate portrait, historical and contemporary, such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mary Ellen Mark, John Edmonds, Jen Davis, Latoya Ruby Frazier, Sally Mann, Deanna Lawson, Pixy Liao, and Zanele Muholi. Students will be introduced to the camera and its functions (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc.), basic use of lighting, learn how to scan negatives, how to use the inkjet printers, and basic editing workflow in Photoshop. The course projects will run parallel to immersive readings and discussions from the seminal text Photography's Other Histories, edited by Christopher Pinney and Nicolas Peterson, as a means to more fully contextualize the history of minority artists in portrait photography. There will be an in-class portrait session in which we can work collaboratively and discuss what does and does not work when photographing a subject. We will discuss practices for making a portrait sitting comfortable to a subject, and how the making of the portrait begins before the camera is brought out. All of these considerations will figure into the students' creation of a final body of work from a project they propose. Critical discussion of their peers' work will be an important aspect of class, and students will be expected to participate and provide feedback.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

Spring 2020

  1. Bookmaking For The Photographer: The Sequence and Binding Methods

    Over the past decade, photography books have seen a resurgence within the art world, this time transcending their original use as survey or catalog to become ideal spaces and platforms to experience and disseminate work. Today image-based printed matter functions in a multitude of ways, all of which at their core are driven by the mechanics of sequence and editing. Through class discussions, using RISD's Fleet Library and Special Collections, and individual research - students will form a personal vision of what images mean in the book form. Our focus will be equally on content, concept, production & technique. The semester will culminate in each student having devised, sequenced, edited and produced a fully resolved and realized photography book.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $125.00

  2. EHP Sprg:studio Concentration

    In this intensive independent studio students continue and complete the work began in "EHP Studio Elective", culminating in the final exhibition and review. It corresponds to the remaining eight weeks of the program, after students have finished with their Art History and Italian classes.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  3. EHP Studio Elective

    Independent studio is at the core of the EHP experience. Upon arrival, students are assigned studio space at the Palazzetto Cenci, home of RISD's program in Rome. With guidance from the chief critic, each student develops a personal body of work sparked by his/her interactions with places, people and circumstances in Rome and other locations that are part of the EHP tours (such as the Northern, Southern or Eastern tours, as well as other shorter trips.) The work takes as a point of departure knowledge and techniques specific to individual home departments, but allows, and even encourages, explorations beyond disciplinary boundaries, including collaborations and cross-fertilization within a group of students from different departments working together.

    Beyond consistent and thorough engagement with studio work, requirements include participation in open studios and exhibitions, presentations in reviews, and attendance to all group activities and events, such as lectures at the Cenci and other institutions. From time to time, the chief critic may issue short assignments to introduce or focus on a particular subject. As part of the studio elective, students may be encouraged to keep sketchbooks and/or diaries, participate in optional activities--such as figure drawing sessions--and search for brief internships, apprenticeships, or other forms of interactions with local artists, designers, curators and critics.

    EHP Studio Elective corresponds to the first twelve weeks of the program, while students are also taking Art History and Italian classes. This course establishes the direction for the work in the "Studio Concentration" course that follows.

    Note: EHP credits replace the on-campus major requirements for the term students attend. Distribution to non-major requirements occurs when major credits are not needed.

  4. Feminism & Experimental Photographic Practice

    How have female-identifying artists used non-traditional forms of image-making as a means of resisiting the dominant idea of the photograph as an observation of the world? In a recent issue of Aperture Magazine, Eva Respini writes that many female-identifying artists today use experiemental photographic processes to "look inward - towards the studio, still life, re-photography, material experimentation [and] non-representation." This course will begin with an introduction to feminist theory and visual culture in order to set up our in-depth investigation of those female-identifying artists who combine experimental methods with photography, using appropriation, collage, books/zines, hand work, and abstraction. These artists will serve as a reference and guide as students explore non-traditional processes in their own studio practice. Class time will be divided between close readings of artists' work, lectures, small group discussions, hands-on demonstrations and critique, in addition to visiting artist lectures and occasional field trips. Course work will culminate with each student choosing a particular process or processes to weave into a final, cohesive body of work that participates in the discourse on feminism and visual culture.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $125.00 Deposit: $100.00

  5. Graduate Critique II

    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.

  6. Graduate Critique Iv Thesis

    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.

  7. Graduate Photo Thesis Writing

    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.

  8. Graduate Thesis Project

    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.

  9. Histories Of Photography II

    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.

    Major requirement; Photo majors

    Liberal Arts elective credit for non-majors pending seat availability.

  10. Introduction To Darkroom Photography

    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 Materials Cost: $150.00 - $200.00

    Elective

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

  11. Junior Studio

    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 Materials Cost: $150.00 - $200.00

    Major requirement

    Registration by Photography Department, course not available via web registration.

  12. Large Format

    This studio course is designed to help students slow down and become more contemplative with their photographic practice. This darkroom based course will give students ultimate compositional control as they learn to use the large format camera. Topics covered will include using the view camera's tilt, swing, shift and rise movements to control focus, perspective and image shape. Student will also learn film exposure techniques and advanced black and white printing controls. Later in the course students will be introduced to large format digital scanning and printing workflows.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00 - $500.00

    Major elective; junior and above

    Open to non-majors by permission of Instructor.

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

  13. Lighting

    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 Materials Cost: $150.00 - $200.00

    Major elective; junior and above

    Open to non-majors by permission of Instructor.

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

  14. Photo Digital Foundation

    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.

    Elective

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00

  15. Senior Degree Project

    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.

  16. Sophomore Photo Studio

    A continuation of PHOTO-5302, providing an open and dynamic environment where sophomore can create photographs and engage in constructive feedback on their progress.

    Major Requirement; Photo majors

    Open to non-majors as an elective.

    Permission of Instructor required.

  17. The Business Of Art

    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 for business, academia, non-profits, 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 lecturers, readings and assignment work, we will address the risks and rewards of making a living as an artist /entrepreneur.

    Elective

    Open to juniors and above.

  18. The Genius Of Photography

    What is photography? What does it do, influence, affect, position, package, demand, suppress, communicate, radicalize? This course is designed to provide students entering the photography department with an overview of contemporary thinking and practice in lens-based media. It considers photography's impact on our culture and our lives. We need, use, and react to photographs in their many forms for many reasons: this is the spine of the course. Lectures, debates, in-class activities, and screenings will familiarize students with an expansive range of genres, working methods, subject/content, and critical issues relevant to contemporary practice. The focus of this course is on work produced within the last 30 to 40 years. Lectures are organized around major themes and approaches. Critical thinking and analysis of images will be encouraged through assignments that ask students to read and respond to photographs.

    Major requirement; Photo majors

    Open to non-majors by permission of Instructor.

    Registration by Photo Departent, course not available via web registration.

  19. Time-based Photography

    Time-Based Photography will wrestle with the mercurial and ever-evolving subject of Time-Based art. What is Time-Based art? Is it simply art with durational elements that unfold over the course of the work? Is it art that depends on time to define itself? Is it art that can only exist within the confines of regulated space? Is it art that stands firmly in the aftermath of what preceded it? Is it art that keeps time, wastes time, witnesses time, changes time, rearranges time, or records time? In this course, we will explore and welcome work being made under the broad umbrella of Time-Based work, such as: documentary photography, video art, experimental film, performance art, recorded happenings, social practice, and sculpture made with temporal dimensions. The course will operate as a studio course, with students being asked to present work for critique regularly, as well as weekly discussions of historical and contemporary investigations and demonstrations of Time-Based art.

    Elective

    Open to sophomore and above.

    Deposit for non-majors: $100.00