Photography

Please note that the course code for Photography courses is changing effective spring 2019 from PHMD to PHTO! Course numbers and descriptions are listed below. For specific information about a course's schedule and availability, please consult classes.ku.edu.

 

PHTO 101: Fundamentals of Photography

Open to students of all disciplines and experience levels, this course provides an introduction to the medium and language of photography. Basic DSLR camera operation and workflow will be accompanied by lectures, readings, and discussions regarding the historical and theoretical concerns of the medium. A digital camera with full manual controls is required - RAW capable preferred.

Offered every fall and spring semester for all KU students.

 

PHTO 177: Picturing Place: Photographing Lawrence (First-Year Seminar)

Are you new to KU, Lawrence, or even the Midwest? Would you like to know your new home better? The act of photographing - observing, participating, being present - can accelerate a connection to Place. In this digital photography class, each student will identify a specific community or environment within the Lawrence area to photograph repeatedly and meaningfully over the course of the semester. Class time will be spent reviewing and refining the work, discussing its context, introducing research methods for deeper understanding of the chosen topic, and gaining inspiration from relevant historic and contemporary models of photographic inquiry. By the end of the semester, the student will have strengthened both their visual literacy skills and their ties to their new surroundings. All photographic experience levels welcome.

Offered every fall for newly-admitted first-year KU students.

 

PHTO 200: Foundations in Photography

Foundations in Photography covers camera operation, workflow, and digital and darkroom printing methods, accompanied by lectures, readings, and discussions regarding the historical and theoretical concerns of the medium. A digital camera with full manual controls and RAW capable is preferred. This class is required for Photography majors as a pre-review course, and is also appropriate for the following non-majors: those who have taken PHTO 101, those who have some prior photography experience, or those seeking a more intensive introduction. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence.

Offered every fall and spring semester for all KU students.

 

PHTO 210: Understanding Photographs

Understanding Photographs is a lecture-based course that focuses on developing a critical understanding of how images, paired with culture and society, generate meaning in both the historical and contemporary contexts. Open to students of all disciplines and experience level. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence.

Offered every fall semester for all KU students.

 

PHTO 201: Photography I

The first of the two-part foundational Photography sequence, this majors-only course provides students with a rigorous immersion into the formal, technical, and conceptual concerns and challenges of photography by way of the view camera. Embracing both the wet and digital darkrooms, students shoot and develop sheet film that is then utilized to produce both traditional and digital prints. Intermediate digital editing methods are introduced and explored. View cameras are provided. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: BDS 101, PHTO 200, and permission of instructor.

Offered every fall semester for students in the Photography concentration of the Design BFA.

 

PHTO 202: Photography II

The second of the two-part foundational Photography sequence, this advanced course builds upon PHTO 201 with additional emphasis on color, RAW workflow, and advanced methods for digital capture, manipulation, editing, and compositing. Additionally, students work extensively with large-format inkjet printers to create custom ICC printing profiles. A digital SLR (RAW capable) camera with full manual controls is required. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: PHTO 201 with a grade of C or higher or permission of instructor.

Offered every spring semester for students in the Photography concentration of the Design BFA.

 

PHTO 301: Lighting Studio

Lighting Studio is a fundamental course in awareness, modification, and control of light. Students work extensively with strobe and continuous light sources. Principles of natural and artificial light are introduced, explored, and applied through hands on assignments both in and out of the studio environment. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: PHTO 202 or permission of instructor.

Generally offered every fall semester for students in the Photography concentration of the Design BFA.

 

PHTO 302: The Moving Image

This course serves as an introduction to the principles and challenges of photography as a time-based medium. Fundamental concepts of production are introduced and explored through hands-on exercises, class presentations and discussions, lectures, critiques, and individual and group projects. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: PHTO 202 or permission of instructor.

Generally offered every spring semester for students in the Photography concentration of the Design BFA.

 

PHTO 315: Experimental Processes

Experimental Processes is an introduction to the understanding and production of image-based works utilizing experimental approaches and alternative processes in an interdisciplinary environment. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: PHTO 202 or permission of instructor.

Generally offered every fall semester for students in the Photography concentration of the Design BFA.

 

PHTO 316: Professional Practices

This course provides an introduction to standards and conventions with regards to professional photographic practice. Topics include portfolio development, copyright, contracts, grant/statement writing, presentation methods, and self-promotion. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: PHTO 315 or instructor permission.

Generally offered every spring semester for students in the Photography concentration of the Design BFA.

 

PHTO 402: Photo Media Seminar

This upper-level seminar is focused primarily on the development of independent and collaborative projects through on-going group critique with an emphasis on research and analysis. Learning is focused on personal development and other issues relevant to contemporary photographic practice through assigned readings, presentations, and group discussion. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PHTO 202 or instructor permission.

Offered every fall semester for students in the Photography concentration of the Design BFA.

 

PHTO 500: Portfolio

Taken the final semester of study, this capstone course guides students through the research, development, and refinement of a final body of photographic work and appropriate supplemental materials. Methods and strategies of presentation and dissemination are discussed and explored. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: PHTO 402 or instructor permission.

Offered every spring semester for students in the Photography concentration of the Design BFA.

 

PHTO 501: Advanced Lighting Studio

A continuation of the skills and principles discussed in PHTO 301. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: PHTO 301.

Offered as needed for students in the Photography concentration of the Design BFA.

 

PHTO 502: Advanced Moving Image

A continuation of the skills and principles discussed in PHTO 302. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: PHTO 302. LAB.

Offered as needed for students in the Photography concentration of the Design BFA.

 

PHTO 515: Advanced Experimental Processes

A continuation of the skills and principles covered in PHTO 315. If this course is required under the major studies section on the degree requirement sheet, students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher to continue on to the next course in the sequence. Prerequisite: PHTO 315.

Offered as needed for students in the Photography concentration of the Design BFA.

 

Recommended Studio Elective options for Photography students are outlined here!

 

THE DEPARTMENT OF DESIGN GRADE REQUIREMENTS
If this course is required under the major studies section on your degree check sheet you must receive a grade of C (2.0) or better to continue on to the next course in the sequence. A grade of C- (1.7) or lower will require you to repeat this course. In most cases, these courses are only offered once a year. Students in the Department of Design must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA to graduate with a degree in Design.


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