Photography Minor 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.

The Photography Minor, offered by the Art Department, requires 18 credits:

Complete the introductory course (3 cr):

Code Course Credits

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

And choose 1 of the following (3 cr):

Code Course Credits

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

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

And choose 1 of the following (3 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

And complete these 3 courses (9 cr):

Code Course Credits

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 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

Note

This minor is not available to students majoring in Photography (BA.ART.PHO)