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Photography (ASPH)

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ASPH 1300 (3). THE BASICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY.
Thorough discussion of camera operation and the elements of visual design (space, composition, color, and light). Emphasis is placed upon the creative application of aperture, shutter speed, framing, and lighting. Students must supply their own digital single-lens reflex cameras or advanced compact digital cameras that allow for manual exposure control. Assignments submitted digitally. Written examination. No darkroom or computer lab.

ASPH 1310 (3). INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO.
Provides an opportunity to understand and master the craft of video production in the context of art. Using Final Cut Pro and higher-end cameras with full manual controls, students experiment with the many ways to generate moving images. Covers methods and concepts derived from film and video: point of view, shot composition, spatial and time continuity, lighting, and superimposition. Encourages the comparison of narrative and non-narrative formal systems. Also, the most important practitioners of video as art and the intersection of video with film, theatre, installation art, and architecture.

ASPH 3300 (3). BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY I.
Exploration of the creative possibilities of silver-based photographic materials in the darkroom. Special attention is given to blackand-white film development, negative enlarging, and a variety of manipulative techniques. Students provide their own film camera in any format. Prerequisite: ASPH 1300 or permission of instructor.

ASPH 3302 (3). BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY II.
Continuation of ASPH 3300, with emphasis on the zone system, film manipulation, chemical printing, and matting techniques. Includes the possibility of working in medium-to-large film formats, zone system, and bifilter printing. Prerequisite: ASPH 3300 or permission of instructor.

ASPH 3303 (3). COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY.
Exploration of the aesthetic issues and technical concerns of digital color photography. Students use Adobe Photoshop to produce fine-quality inkjet prints and supply their own digital single-lens reflex cameras. Prerequisite: ASPH 1300 or permission of instructor.

ASPH 3304 (3). DIGITAL TOOLS.
Exploration of the experimental use of image-capture devices, software manipulation, output material, and presentation. Topics can include flatbed scanners, large-format inkjet printing, and text and collage techniques. Students provide their own single-lens reflex digital cameras. Prerequisite: ASPH 1300 or permission of instructor.

ASPH 3306 (3). PHOTOGRAPHY IN TAOS.
Intermediate and advanced study of photography in the physical and cultural environment of the Fort Burgwin Research Center. Prerequisite: ASPH 1300 or permission of instructor.

ASPH 3310 (3). LARGE-FORMAT PHOTOGRAPHY.
Explores the mechanics, creative possibilities, and aesthetics of silver-based photographs made with the 4x5 view camera. Fully examines adjustments unique to the view camera allowing for maximum image control. Topics include still life, landscape, portraiture, and architecture. View cameras are available for student use. Prerequisite: ASPH 1300 or permission of instructor.

ASPH 3315 (3). INTERMEDIATE VIDEO.
Studio class for the creation of video art. Students complete guided and independent projects with a focus on the application of more advanced postproduction techniques. For students interested in using video as their primary expressive medium for incorporating video into their studio practice or for exploring the transmedia potential of video. Students attain technical proficiency and develop individual ideas and personal concepts within each video project. Prerequisite: ASPH 1310.

ASPH 3320 (3). THE DOCUMENTARY IMPULSE.
Exploration of traditional and contemporary approaches to documentary photography through shooting assignments, lectures, and readings. Utilizing print-on-demand technology, each student produces a book of images and text on a self-defined project. Students work with digital cameras. Prerequisite: ASPH 1300 or permission of instructor.

ASPH 3325 (3). THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT.
Explores traditional and contemporary approaches to the photographic portrait through shooting assignments, lectures, and readings. Students work in available light on location and with SMU’s electronic strobe equipment in the studio. Includes work with digital cameras. Prerequisite: ASPH 1300 or instructor permission.

ASPH 3330 (3). FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY.
Students photograph on location and in the studio. Includes on- and off-camera lighting techniques, concept development, art direction, work with talent, shot styling, fees, publication rights, model releases, editing, portfolio presentation, and the history of fashion photography. Students work with digital cameras. Prerequisite: ASPH 1300 or permission of instructor.

ASPH 3340 (3). ALTERED AND ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGES.
Exploration of the specialized chemical techniques that alter the gelatin silver print, including line drop, Sabattier effect, and hand coloring. Also, alternative nonsilver-based printmaking methods, including cyanotype, Van Dyke brown, gum bichromate, and platinum and palladium. Prerequisite: Any studio art 1000-level course or instructor consent.

ASPH 3350 (3). THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK.
Exploration of the creative presentation of photographs in traditional and contemporary book form using conventional and alternative bookbinding techniques. Field trips to local rare book collections supplement the student’s understanding of the nature of the photographic book. Students may work with film and/or digital cameras. Prerequisite: ASPH 3300, 3303, or 3304 or permission of instructor.

ASPH 3360 (3). SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHOTOGRAPHY.
Topics to be announced by the Division of Art. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ASPH 3390 (3). EXPERIMENTAL CAMERA.
Pushing the technical boundaries of cameras as capture devices, students experiment with the creative aesthetic possibilities therein (still and/or motion) and then draw from a variety of genres to create short, experimental films. Students explore diverse concepts such as storytelling, portraiture, documentary, poetry, and abstraction, and they combine elements such as still photography, animation, graphics, narration, sound effects, and original music to create motion picture media. Prerequisites: FILM 1304, or ASPH 1300 and 1310 (or instructor permission is available for students with a working knowledge of the camera, including aperture, shutter speed, and focal length), and a basic understanding of video editing. Students are required to have access to at least a digital still camera.

ASPH 5100 (1). DIRECTED STUDIES IN PHOTOGRAPHY.
Students may take one course per term only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ASPH 5101 (1). DIRECTED STUDIES IN VIDEO.
Students may take one course per term only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ASPH 5200 (2). DIRECTED STUDIES IN PHOTOGRAPHY.
Students may take one course per term only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ASPH 5201 (2). DIRECTED STUDIES IN VIDEO.
Students may take one course per term only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ASPH 5302 (3). DIRECTED STUDIES IN PHOTOGRAPHY.
Students may take one course per term only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ASPH 5303 (3). DIRECTED STUDIES IN VIDEO.
Students may take one course per term only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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