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Photography Curriculum

All programs’ curricula are developed in response to Program Learning Outcomes, which signify what students learn within a degree program or emphasis area. All program learning outcomes respond to overarching Institutional Learning Outcomes. View all the Photography learning outcomes here

Show All Foundation Course Descriptions
Fall - Foundation (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Life Drawing I FNDT180 3
Life Drawing I

Sequenced instruction provides rigorous training in the use of gesture, anatomy, and structural figure drafting. Drawing the human figure from the inside out fosters an understanding of complex visual relationships. Upon completion of the course, students are able to analyze the human form and to view it as a complex perceptual model for the larger realm of visual experience.

Principles of Design FNDT115 2
Principles of Design

This course is a sequenced investigation of various organizing principles using traditional and contemporary media. Students learn fundamentals of value manipulation as determinants of visual order. Elements of visual literacy provide a basis for the study of compositional fundamentals, including focal point(s), directional elements, and visual weight.

Drawing and Building Form FNDT160 3
Drawing and Building Form

Students study form in both two-dimensional rendering and three-dimensional building through drawing and building objects. Skills of relational measurement, compositional organization, and the placement of form in space inform both drawing and form-building activities. Drawing techniques such as perspective and isometric projection facilitate successful form generation.

Lab fee: $30

Writing in the Digital Age ENGL107 3
Writing in the Digital Age

Students will explore the ongoing cultural, technological and social changes that impact our ways of reading and writing, and what does it mean to be literate in the digital world. A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required to pass this course.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL090 or placement through the Writing Placement Assessment.

Introduction to Visual Culture AHCS120 3
Introduction to Visual Culture

Introduces issues and theories that are critical to the field of Visual Culture and representation in art and design.

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Spring - Foundation (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Life Drawing II or
Creative Practices and Responses
FNDT182 or
FNDT171
3
Life Drawing II

Structural drawing and perceptual skills are expanded through study of the figure's relation to environment, life-scale, movement, and draping. Students discover individual sensibilities of mark making and aspects of personal vision, through a variety of traditional and experimental drawing media and techniques.

Prerequisite: FNDT180 Life Drawing I
Recommended for students planning to select Digital Media, Fashion Design or Toy Design as their major.

Creative Practices and Responses

A second-semester Foundation course focused on exploring practices of creativity that bridge art/ design disciplines. Students are exposed to a diverse range of concepts, materials, and methods for working creatively. In class activities promote the documentation of individual creative processes and the synthesis of intuitive, culturally constructed, and personal impulses into inventive visual responses. This course is especially designed for students entering Fine Arts, Product Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design emphasis).

Connections through Color and Design CAIL101 3
Connections through Color and Design

A second-semester Creative Action studio course introducing students to contextually-based problem solving using fundamentals of color and design. Students learn Munsell color theory and practical aspects of color mixing such as value, hue and chroma. Students apply these skills in solving problems that engage the larger community, transdisciplinary practice, research, and collaboration.

Drawing Studio or
Form and Space
FNDT192 or
FNDT161
2
Drawing Studio

Students transfer and expand on acquired skills from Drawing and Building Form with the addition of color, problem finding, complexity of idea, and the introduction of Adobe Illustrator as a compositional tool. Acquisition of research skills, an exploration of modern and contemporary notions of cityscape and landscape, and the introduction of more varied drawing media fosters students' realization of aspects of personal vision.

Prerequisite: FNDT160 Drawing and Building Form

Form and Space

Students employ acquired skills transferred from Drawing and Building Form to explore and exploit materials as well as to discover unique processes in creating novel form. The study of three-dimensional design expands to encompass meaning construction, composition and research as students engage the more complex issues of form and space.

Prerequisite: FNDT160 Drawing and Building Form
Recommended for students planning to select A/L/I, Fashion Design or Product Design as their major.

Elective FNDT145 1
Elective

Foundation year students can pick any Foundation Elective to fulfil this requirement. See the department or the Course Catalog for more information.

Birth of the Modern AHCS121 3
Birth of the Modern

Explores the key issues, problems, and events in art, history, music, literature, science, and design associated with and resulting from the social and cultural changes that occurred in the modern world.

Ways of Knowing LIBS114 3
Ways of Knowing

An interdisciplinary theme/issue driven project based course for first year students. This course will be paired with another course in a different discipline that is exploring a similar issue/theme. See Department for course offerings.

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Show All Sophomore Year Course Descriptions
Fall - Sophomore (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Photography I PHOT204 3
Photography I

Introduction to the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of the medium of photography. Basic skills including camera operation, black-andwhite film processing, color and black-and-white printing, as well as basic presentation techniques, are covered in regular lab sessions. Group critiques, slide lectures, and field trips help students to develop a critical vocabulary.
Offered fall semester only
Lab Fee: $30
 

Painting I or
Sculpture/New Genres I
PNTG204 or
SCNG204
3
Painting I

Hands-on investigation of technical and formal issues in painting (oil, acrylic, and mixed media), focuses on the development of technical abilities in collusion with concepts and exploration of different methods of achieving visual “dexterity.”
Offered fall semester only

Sculpture/New Genres I

Introduction to the history and practice of sculpture and new-genres (new art forms that use time and space). In addition to basic aesthetic, structural and conceptual practices, technical instruction covers use of wood and metal shops, adhesives, joinery, mold making and casting, as well as the new-genres forms of performance and installation art.
Offered in fall semester only 

Sophomore Seminar I FINA200 2
Sophomore Seminar I

Sophomore Seminar is an integrated studio and seminar course that introduces fine arts sophomores to the broad range of ideas and methods found in fine arts today. 

Digital Media FINA216 2
Digital Media

Digital Media is an introductory course in new media, providing the technical fundamentals that enable students to begin integrating digital methods in their respective practices. Particular attention is placed on balancing technical skills with creative content and experimental approaches. Core software is Adobe Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. 

Contemporary Art Survey AHCS226 3
Contemporary Art Survey

This is a survey of contemporary fine art on a global stage.
Required for All Fine Arts majors. 

Creative Action Lecture * CAIL200 3
Creative Action Lecture
Creative Action Liberal Arts electives enable students to work in transdisciplinary teams with a community partner. Emphasizing collaborative methodology, synthesizing diverse perspectives, creativity, critical thinking, clear communication, and information literacy, students engage in issues that extend beyond the traditional classroom. See department for course offerings.
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Spring - Sophomore (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Photography II PHOT214 3
Photography II

Intermediate course aims to build upon technical knowledge and conceptual structuring acquired in previous courses. Students spend time expanding technical skills with medium and large-format cameras, advanced digital skills with professional digital cameras, film scanning, photoshop, and digital printing. Attention is also given to developing research-based projects and presentation in books and exhibitions.
Offered spring semester only
Lab Fee: $30
 

Lighting Studio I PHOT230 3
Lighting Studio I

Introduces students to basic studio skills in lighting and electronic flash applications, including 4x5 and medium formats, tungsten and strobe lighting. Shooting assignments include still life, portraiture, and photo illustration projects.
This course is required for Photography majors.
Offered spring semester only
Lab Fee: $30
 

Sophomore Seminar II FINA201 2
Sophomore Seminar II

Sophomore Seminar is an integrated studio and seminar course that introduces fine arts sophomores to the broad range of ideas and methods found in fine arts today. 

Studio Elective (Fine Arts) 2
Studio Elective (Fine Arts)

A Studio Elective is any art and/or design course with visual production (not a Liberal Arts and Sciences course) that may be offered within or outside a student’s studio major. Students must meet the course’s prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, class level, or other criteria specified in the Course Description. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for a complete list of courses.

For examples of what is available, visit Fine Arts electives.

History of Photography AHCS321 3
History of Photography

Surveys the history of photography as an art form from 1839 through the present. Students examine both technical and aesthetic developments through a chronological review of major figures and movements.
Required for all Photography majors. 

LAS Sophomore Elective * LIBS214 3
LAS Sophomore Elective

More than one course may be available, see the Course Catalog and consult the department and/or your advisor for more information.

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Show All Junior Course Descriptions
Fall - Junior (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Photography III PHOT314 3
Photography III

Gives students the tools to develop a body of work that is coherent intellectually and aesthetically. Equal time is given to the realm of ideas that inform a project and the skills and studio practice to carry it out. Traditional photographic materials, large-format printing, digital processes, and mixed-media projects are incorporated.
Offered fall semester only
Lab Fee: $30
 

Creative Action Studio * CAIL300 2
Creative Action Studio

An upper-division interdisciplinary studio course offering unique core content that shifts from term to term. This studio affords students the opportunity to engage with professionals from various fields and expand their notion of problem solving beyond their major in public site real world challenges.

A limited choice of CAIL300 courses will count for the Sustainability Minor.
Please see the Interdisciplinary Studies Director.

Studio Elective (Fine Arts) 2
Studio Elective (Fine Arts)

A Studio Elective is any art and/or design course with visual production (not a Liberal Arts and Sciences course) that may be offered within or outside a student’s studio major. Students must meet the course’s prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, class level, or other criteria specified in the Course Description. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for a complete list of courses.

For examples of what is available, visit Fine Arts electives.

Studio Elective (Fine Arts) 2
Studio Elective (Fine Arts)

A Studio Elective is any art and/or design course with visual production (not a Liberal Arts and Sciences course) that may be offered within or outside a student’s studio major. Students must meet the course’s prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, class level, or other criteria specified in the Course Description. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for a complete list of courses.

For examples of what is available, visit Fine Arts electives.

Studio Elective (Fine Arts) 2
Studio Elective (Fine Arts)

A Studio Elective is any art and/or design course with visual production (not a Liberal Arts and Sciences course) that may be offered within or outside a student’s studio major. Students must meet the course’s prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, class level, or other criteria specified in the Course Description. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for a complete list of courses.

For examples of what is available, visit Fine Arts electives.

Social Science * SSCI210 3
Social Science

More than one course may be available, see the Course Catalog and consult the department and/or your advisor for more information.

LAS Upper Division Elective LIBS314 3
LAS Upper Division Elective

This course can be an upper division Art History or upper division Liberal Studies elective. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for examples of upper division elective offerings or see the Department and/or your Adviser for more information.

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Spring - Junior (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Studio IV FINA353 3
Studio IV

Production-oriented advanced studio course emphasizes concepts, processes, and visual strategies toward the development of an individual studio practice across the three main disciplines. Critiques, seminars, and individual meetings provide insight into contemporary discourses and practices while helping students find the working methods that best suit them.
Attending the Visiting Artist Lecture Series is required.
Offered spring semester only
 

Studio Elective (Fine Arts) 2
Studio Elective (Fine Arts)

A Studio Elective is any art and/or design course with visual production (not a Liberal Arts and Sciences course) that may be offered within or outside a student’s studio major. Students must meet the course’s prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, class level, or other criteria specified in the Course Description. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for a complete list of courses.

For examples of what is available, visit Fine Arts electives.

Studio Elective (Fine Arts) 2
Studio Elective (Fine Arts)

A Studio Elective is any art and/or design course with visual production (not a Liberal Arts and Sciences course) that may be offered within or outside a student’s studio major. Students must meet the course’s prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, class level, or other criteria specified in the Course Description. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for a complete list of courses.

For examples of what is available, visit Fine Arts electives.

Studio Elective (Fine Arts) 2
Studio Elective (Fine Arts)

A Studio Elective is any art and/or design course with visual production (not a Liberal Arts and Sciences course) that may be offered within or outside a student’s studio major. Students must meet the course’s prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, class level, or other criteria specified in the Course Description. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for a complete list of courses.

For examples of what is available, visit Fine Arts electives.

Math for Artists and Designers * MATH136 3
Math for Artists and Designers

Explores the connections between math and art in two and three dimensions. The class includes an exploration of Escher’s work, tiling the plane, fractals, and the golden ratio. It also covers topics such as graphing equations and geometric constructions.

Natural Science * NSCI307 3
Natural Science

More than one course may be available, see the Course Catalog and consult the department and/or your advisor for more information.

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Show All Senior Course Descriptions
Fall - Senior (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Senior Studio I FINA470 5
Senior Studio I

Each student is given their own studio and works with a group of faculty mentors to develop a body of work. Critiques, individual meetings with mentors, visiting artists and critics, and group exhibitions expand students’ knowledge base while focusing their practice.
Attending the Visiting Artist Lecture Series is required.
Offered fall semester only
 

Studio Elective (Fine Arts) 3
Studio Elective (Fine Arts)

A Studio Elective is any art and/or design course with visual production (not a Liberal Arts and Sciences course) that may be offered within or outside a student’s studio major. Students must meet the course’s prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, class level, or other criteria specified in the Course Description. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for a complete list of courses.

For examples of what is available, visit Fine Arts electives.

Studio Elective (Fine Arts) 2
Studio Elective (Fine Arts)

A Studio Elective is any art and/or design course with visual production (not a Liberal Arts and Sciences course) that may be offered within or outside a student’s studio major. Students must meet the course’s prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, class level, or other criteria specified in the Course Description. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for a complete list of courses.

For examples of what is available, visit Fine Arts electives.

Capstone LIBS440 3
Capstone

A required senior- level course where students identify and critically reflect on a theme that intersects with their own studio practice, discipline, and/or identity and their work in Liberal Studies. The Capstone is the signature course and culminating expression of the Liberal Arts program.

A minimum grade of “C-" or better is required to pass this course.

Note that Creative Writing, Art History, Cultural Studies, Sustainability minors, and Fine Arts majors take specific Capstones. Please see department for courses.

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Spring - Senior (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Senior Studio II FINA471 5
Senior Studio II

Devoted to the completion of a cohesive body of work culminating in the building and mounting of the senior exhibition. Students continue independent studio practices, discussions and critiques with mentors, peers, visiting artists and critics. This course addresses issues that prepare students for a life in art.
Attending the Visiting Artist Lecture Series is required.
Offered spring semester only
 

Professional Practices FINA455 2
Professional Practices

Practical and hands-on course addresses professional practices in Fine Arts through a series of workshops and seminars. Topics include: building presentation spaces; installing and lighting art; documenting artwork; graduate school applications; grant writing; business practices; gallery representation; alternative spaces and practices; professional development beyond art school; artist residencies; and various career opportunities for artists.
Offered spring semester only 

Studio Elective (Fine Arts) 2
Studio Elective (Fine Arts)

A Studio Elective is any art and/or design course with visual production (not a Liberal Arts and Sciences course) that may be offered within or outside a student’s studio major. Students must meet the course’s prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, class level, or other criteria specified in the Course Description. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for a complete list of courses.

For examples of what is available, visit Fine Arts electives.

Studio Elective (Fine Arts) 2
Studio Elective (Fine Arts)

A Studio Elective is any art and/or design course with visual production (not a Liberal Arts and Sciences course) that may be offered within or outside a student’s studio major. Students must meet the course’s prerequisite or co-requisite requirements, class level, or other criteria specified in the Course Description. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for a complete list of courses.

For examples of what is available, visit Fine Arts electives.

LAS Upper Division Elective LIBS314 3
LAS Upper Division Elective

This course can be an upper division Art History or upper division Liberal Studies elective. See the Course Catalog (pdf) for examples of upper division elective offerings or see the Department and/or your Adviser for more information.

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*These courses may be taken in either the fall or the spring semester.

Courses in gray are Liberal Arts and Sciences courses.


The curriculum displayed is meant to provide an overview of the current semester’s offerings in this department; it does not represent all degree requirements for the Major or Area of Emphasis. These can be found in each student’s Course Catalog (identified by the year in which one would have entered the college as a Foundation student), which can be found here. If you have questions regarding your specific curricular requirements and/or Course Catalog, please contact Academic Advisement Coordinator Carrie Malcom at cmalcom@otis.edu or (310) 846-2550.