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ARTS1313 Foundations of Art
Introduction to the creative media designed to enhance artistic awareness and sensitivity through the creative and imaginative use of art materials and tools. Includes art history and culture through the exploration of a variety of art works with an emphasis on aesthetic judgment and growth. 3 credit hours. (A)

Introduction to technology in the visual arts, designed to enhance artistic awareness. Includes a foundational approach to photography history and culture through the exploration of a variety of art works from the northern Renaissance use of the camera obscura to the paradigm change of computer technology.

ARTS2336 Papermaking/Bookbinding I
Elements of structure and principles of design using two- and three-dimensional concepts in the fiber forms of paper making and bookbinding. Lab required. 3 credit hours. (A)
Note: Students should expect additional supply costs.

ARTS2337 Papermaking/Bookbinding II
Advanced elements of structure and principles of design using two and three-dimensional concepts in the fiber forms of paper making and bookbinding. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2336. 3 credit hours. (A)
Note: Students should expect additional supply costs.

ARTS2348 Digital Photography I
This is a foundation digital photography course. It is a studio art course that explores the potential of the computer hardware and software medium for visual, conceptual, and practical uses in the visual arts. It includes camera operation and professional image workflow, composition, supplemental lighting, and exposure control. Lab required. 3 credit hours. (A)
Note: Students should expect additional supply costs.

ARTS2349 Digital Photography II
Continuation of ARTS2348. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2348. 3 credit hours. (A)
Note: Students should expect additional supply costs.

ARTS2356 Photography I/Darkroom
Introduction to photography: basic camera operations and darkroom techniques; emphasis on visual imagination and design. Lab required. 3 credit hours. (A)
Note: Students should expect additional supply costs, including a 35mm SLR camera, film, and photographic paper.

ARTS2357 Photography II/Darkroom
Intermediate black-and-white course; emphasis on developing a visual language, problem solving, craftsmanship, and learning to edit personal work. Technical considerations include print and negative quality, use of studio lighting, and large format cameras. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356. 3 credit hours. (A)
Note: Students should expect additional supply costs.

COMM1316 News Photography I
Presentation of photographic techniques used by photojournalists in newspapers, magazines, and trade publications including news, feature, sports, editorial portraits, and photo essays. Includes a study of layout design and the freelance market. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356. 3 credit hours. (A)

COMM1317 News Photography II
Instruction in the technical aspects involved in photojournalism. Topics include lighting equipment, techniques of production photography, reproduction principles, illustrative techniques, and advertising. The student will become proficient in the use of still cameras, film, digital and/or video capture, continuous tungsten light sources and electronic flash lighting, to serve conceptualization of photographic illustration. Lab required. Prerequisite: COMM1316. 3 credit hours. (A)

PHTC1300 Photo Digital Imaging I
An introduction to computer and software instruction for electronic imaging. Includes color, gray scale, image conversion, presentation, and ethics. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356 or PHTC1311. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC1311 Fundamentals of Photography/Digital
An introduction to camera operation and image production, composition, supplemental lighting, and use of exposure meters and filters. Lab required. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC1341 Color Photography I
Examination of color theory as it applies to photography. Emphasis on color concepts and the intricacies of seeing and photographing in color. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356 or PHTC1311. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC1343 Expressive Photography
A study of formal, professional, and individual uses of photography by applying photographic technology to personalized needs. Emphasis on creative visual thinking and problem solving and the exploration of personal vision. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356 or PHTC1311. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC1345 Illustrative Photography I
Instruction in the technical aspects involved in commercial photography. Topics include lighting equipment, techniques of production photography, reproduction principles, illustrative techniques, and advertising. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356 or PHTC1311. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC1347 Landscape Photography
Skill development in the inspection of the landscape visually and photographically utilizing various camera formats. Topics include exploration of historic, geographical, and cultural locations, and review of landscape photographers. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356 or PHTC1311. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC1351 Photojournalism I
Presentation of photographic techniques used by photojournalists in newspapers, magazines, trade publications and digital media to include news, feature, sports, editorial portraits, and photo essays. Includes a study of layout design and the freelance market. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356 or PHTC1311. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC1353 Portraiture I
Skill development in the photographic principles of portrait lighting, posing and subject rapport. This is a foundation course in photographic portraiture. Assignments are designed to provide both aesthetic challenges as well as comprehensive studio technique. All students must participate in class demos and stick close to prescribed procedures on assignments in order to maintain studio privileges. There will be a mixture of color and black and white materials used, with accent on studio time rather than darkroom or computer time. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356 or PHTC1311. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC2331 Architectural Photography
Study of the equipment, processes, and procedures necessary for the photography of building exteriors and interiors, dusk/night and night architectural landscapes, and construction progress. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356 or PHTC1311. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC2340 Photographic Studio Management
In-depth study of photography business management, pricing, market analysis, promotion, networking, job acquisition, and photographic equipment analysis. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356 or PHTC1311. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC2341 Color Photography II
Advanced skill development in color image production. Emphasis on use of specialized color techniques and applications. Lab required. Prerequisite: PHTC1341. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC2342 Fashion Photography
Skill development in fashion photography in terms of trends and techniques included in studio and location work. Emphasizes model direction and lighting control. Lab required. Prerequisite: ARTS2356, or PHTC1311. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC2343 Portfolio Development
A culmination experience for the evaluation of the student's photographic competencies. Includes association with a professional photographic organization, skills in resume creation, completion of portfolio, professional self-presentation, comprehensive exam, and seminars in areas of photographic interest. Lab required. Prerequisites: Completed a minimum of 9 credit hours of PHTC courses, or consent of Department Chair. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC2349 Photo Digital Imaging II
Advanced concepts in the use of the computer and software for photographic manipulation and output. Lab required. Prerequisite: PHTC1300. 3 credit hours. (W)

PHTC2353 Portraiture II
Advanced concepts in the study of principles of effective portraiture with specific emphasis on unique presentation and environmental and location studies. Lab required. Prerequisite: PHTC1353. 3 credit hours. (W)