Photography Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

Art is offered as a degree program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Art. The Art Program at Castleton, while being a strongly humanistic course of study in which students develop skills in creative and critical thinking along with aesthetic and historical appreciation, is structured to provide art majors the opportunity to prepare for careers in Studio Art, Art History, Graphic Design, Art Education, or Photography.

Departmental trips to New York City galleries and museums bring students in contact with original historic and contemporary works of art. Many galleries and museums, such as the Hood Museum, the Williams College Museum, the Clark Museum, Mass MOCA, the Middlebury College Museum, and the Fleming Museum are within easy reach of the campus. The Art Students League, a campus club, sponsors visiting artists, film series, studio visits, and collaborative projects as well as trips.

Graduates of the art program have worked in graphic design studios and started graphic design and other art production businesses, worked in museums and galleries, entered Master of Fine Arts and other degree programs and, in conjunction with coursework in education, gained licensure and taught art in elementary and secondary schools in Vermont and other states.

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Art will be able to demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of the process of making art.
  2. An art historical perspective.
  3. A personal context and direction in studio work.

BA in Art with a Concentration in Photography

Complete the foundational Art courses by the second year (12 cr):

Code Course Credits

ART 1011

Drawing I

An investigation of drawing media and techniques with emphasis on rendering from empirical observation. Proportion, anatomy, volume structure and perspective may be investigated. Experience in drawing the human figure and still life.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

Every semester

3

ART 1020

Introduction to Studio Arts

A studio course designed to introduce the concepts, motivations and theory of making art. Experimentation with various media in the studio environment. Consideration of conceptual and linguistic processes that affect perception.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

Every semester

3

ARH 2011

Survey of Western Art I

History of Western Art as expressed through architecture, sculpture and painting; Prehistoric to Renaissance art.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Every Semester

3

ARH 2012

Survey of Western Art II

History of Western Art as expressed through architecture, sculpture and painting; Renaissance to the present.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Prerequisite: ARH 2011 if possible.

Spring

3

And complete 7 of these Photography courses (21 cr):

Code Course Credits

ART 1410

Digital Photography I

The student will explore the mechanical and electronic aspects of digital photography, as well as developing some of the basic tools of image manipulation. Instruction will include the aesthetics of digital images.

Prerequisite: Digital camera is required.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

Every semester

3

ART 1610

History of Photography

This course is a survey of the medium of photography from its inception in the early 19th century to the present day. Historical developments, aesthetics, theoretical approaches to the medium and the role of photography in art and culture will be addressed.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding and World Views Frames of Reference.

3

ART 2301

Photography I

An introductory studio course exploring camera techniques, film exposure and black and white darkroom procedures. Emphasis is on photography as an art form and the potential of the medium as a vehicle for personal visual expression. Historical, cultural and aesthetic contexts will be considered. Students must furnish (or have regular access to) their own inexpensive adjustable camera and supplies. Field trips may be included.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee A studio fee may be required.

3

ART 2302

Photography II

This course is designed for the intermediate student working in film-based black and white photography, digital photography, or both. Prior knowledge of the digital camera and Photoshop are assumed for students who wish to work digitally. Technical control and artistic expression are emphasized as students develop their visual perception and awareness of photographic possibilities. Topics covered may include digital scanning and printing, studio lighting, introduction to medium- and large-format cameras and introduction to alternative processes. A 35mm camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed or a digital camera (preferably a DSLR) is required for the course. Film and paper are not covered by the lab fee.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: ART 2301 or consent of instructor.

Fee May have studio fees.

Spring

3

ART 2315

Digital Photography II

Further exploration of aesthetics, composition, design and image modification using digital photography techniques. Students will study advanced techniques for both camera work and software applications designed for digital manipulation. Access to a digital camera is essential.

Prerequisite: ART 1410

Fee A studio fee may be required.

Periodically

3

ART 3303

Photography III

The course emphasizes the development of theoretical and conceptual bases for long-range involvement in photography. Black and white analog or digital photographic processes may be employed.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: ART 2302 or consent of instructor.

Fee May have studio fees.

Spring

3

ART 4304

Photography IV

In this intensive investigation of photographic form, the student applies critical and technical skills as he or she defines a personal direction in his or her work. The course addresses historical issues and contemporary criticism. Included are master printing in black and white analog form, digital scanning and fine printing, the zone system, medium- and large-format cameras and experimental or alternative processes.

Prerequisite: ART 3303 or consent of instructor.

Fee May have studio fees.

Spring

3

ARH 3070

Art Since 1945

History of European and American painting and sculpture from 1945 to the present.

This course counts towards the Aesthetic Understanding or World Views Frames of Reference.

Periodically

3

ART 3130

Motion Graphics and Animation

This course will introduce the study and application of the basic technical and aesthetic components of motion design. Using industry standard time-based media software, students learn animation principles ans skills as applied to a variety of media on computer and video screens. Topics include character animation, animation layering, motion logo development, and motion typography.

Prerequisite: ART 2221 or COM 2221

Fee Fee $50

Periodically

3

And in the third and fourth years take these courses (7 cr):

Code Course Credits

ART 3131

Professional Studio Arts I

A studio/critique course for those seriously involved in any visual art medium. Goals of the course include the development of visual, verbal and conceptual skills necessary for long-range involvement in art. Fulfills program requirements for art majors only. Students may take a second semester for credit.

Prerequisite: Junior status. Graded only.

Every semester

3

ART 4133

Professional Studio Arts II

A studio/critique course for those seriously involved in any visual art medium. Goals of the course include the development of visual, verbal and conceptual skills necessary for long-range involvement in art. Fulfills program requirements for art majors only. Students may take a second semester for credit.

Prerequisite: Senior status.

Every semester

3

ART 4920

Senior Exhibition/Presentation

Senior art majors who chose painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design or sculpture as their field of concentration are required to mount an exhibition of their work. Majors who elect art history as their chosen field are required to make a public presentation based on their intermediate and advanced coursework in art history. Exhibitions and presentations will be evaluated by art faculty.

Prerequisite: Fulfillment of all other requirements for art majors.

1

(Credits required for the major: 40)

And complete a Minor (preferably in Studio Art or Communication)

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

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