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Dept. of Photography & Image Media

Today, we live in the age of images. The purpose of the photography program is to help the student appreciate photography as a fine art and as a life pursuit. The camera is a tool used to explore the world, both around and within, and to communicate ideas and visions effectively. This department was established to foster creative photographic specialists through various forms of practice and theory.

Subject Overview

Basic Photography
This is a course for the novice photographer and relative beginner, that covers handling of cameras, equipment, and the processes of negative development, enlarging, bleaching, spotting and mounting. There will be considerable darkroom work along with critical evaluation and corrections of each students progress, with an emphasis on creativity and self- expression through personalized assignment and critiques.
Photographic Chemistry
This course gives an understanding and application of chemical reaction principles dealing with the mechanisms of photographic developments by a technical review of basic photochemistry and the manufacturing of emulsions.
History of Photography
History of Photography identifies the trends of photographic history around the world by aesthetically, technically, and socially comparing and studying photographs. The course is designed to study photographic history by understanding the changing processes of photography, the creative works of noted photographers and their historical and social backgrounds.
Basic Color Photography
Basic Color Photography helps to understand the basic differences between color photos and black/white emulsion. This course also examines emulsion theory and the developing mechanisms of color photos that reproduce light into different colors depending on their different emulsions.
Digital photographic Application System
In the environment of digital photography, the important matters are the 'input' (scan) and 'output' (print). Those areas will be studied in depth. Operating scanners, producing scan profiles, saving and transferring matching file images , network management, and printer maintenance and repair will be performed and practiced in detail.
Documentary Photography I
With the basic understanding of photographic art and knowledge of concepts of photography, endeavors are needed for clearer communication in the field of visual communication. By utilizing both silver chloride (analogue) images and digital images together in computerized environments, photographs can be created that question current cultural themes and phenomena. The method for highlighting the subject visually and achieving well-balanced organization and explanation of entire contents is learned and practiced. Also included is the process of information, combined with aspects that are not photograph-related.
Documentary Photography II
This is a process of studying pictures that are from various kinds of publications. Silver chloride (analogue) images are put into a computer through the use of a scanner, thus the digital images are made. By taking pictures using digital cameras without using film, 'photo-story', 'photo-essay' and other kinds of pictures can be made. As the end result, a portfolio is created by adding short explanations to the produced pictures and editing them.
Color Management System
The present digital age requires an efficient and systematic method for managing the problems of color, As a result the ability to find and solve problems with new colors that can occur with digital equipment can be cultivated. Moreover, mastering the fundamental principles of digital colors can provide us with a useful foundation. By using this understanding, overall photographic activities such as making inputs into the scanner from the computer and printing outputs, can allow us to carry out creative activities more freely.
Lighting Techniques
This course is an introduction to basic lighting techniques applied to advertising photography. Students learn to analyze a lighting set up and to exercise applications for various situations. Lectures and demonstrations introduce students to portrait photography, product photography and still life photography with tungsten and strobe light systems.
Large Format Camera Techniques
Through demonstrations and real experience, students become acquainted with the large format view camera. Studio and location, camera movement, perspective correction, exposure compensation and film processing are studied. Also this course covers basic darkroom techniques which provides film and printing processing, including the Zone System theory.
Commercial Photography I
This course offers shooting and lighting set up techniques that can be applied to the field of professional advertising photography. Through the exposure test, students learn the applications of commercial and advertising photography. They also become acquainted with digital photography by understanding the digital input and output relations, and the manipulation of digital images.
Commercial Photography II
The purpose of this course is to create more effective commercial works and to carry on the promotion of advertising photographs with the skills learned in Advertising Media Photography I. Through the manipulation of digital photographs, students learn the skills necessary for producing creative works that focus on appropriate concepts. Also students learn to create their portfolios that they could use for their career.
Introduction to Film and Video History
This course teaches expanded concepts of photography and visual media as new media through understanding visual media such as movies, videos and animation. It also provides an understanding of simple design methods and digital editing techniques.
Film and Video Production IㆍII
This course helps students expand the domain of photography and adjust to a new era of visual media and various areas of practical business. Students will be designing television commercials, music videos, and documentary visual works, along with basic visual knowledge and techniques.
Photo Design
This is a foundation course dealing with the fundamentals of visual perception on 2-dimensional surfaces (lines, shapes, forms, colors and the concepts of pictorial space). The course aims to develop a visual awareness in novice students through an understanding of formal elements that are employed in producing works of art. Many magazines, newspapers, and book publishing firms are quickly moving towards the digital revolution.
Digital Photography I
This course introduces the computer as an imaging tool for the photographer. Students use scanners to digitize photographic images. A variety of output methods are used including laser and ink jet printers.
Digital Photography II
This course is intended to introduce students to the basic concerns related to using photographic images with electronic imaging processes. The creative use of desktop publishing tools to produce images and text for print and screen is studied. The use of computers with Photoshop, Pagemaker, and other image manipulation software, along with the color scanner, laser printer and digital image capture camera is covered.
Portrait Photography
This course introduces basic portrait techniques, both in the studio and in outdoor environmental settings. Students learn about the basic portraiture, with an emphasis on studio lighting techniques; such as posing and clothing choices for consumer portraiture. This class also examines advanced posing and lighting techniques of the studio, on-location portraiture, and wedding photography.
Fine Art Photography I
The program offers students the opportunity to experiment in both silver and non-silver processes and to conduct independent research. There is a focus on visual communication, while developing the necessary technical and professional skills associated with fine art image making.
Fine Art Photography II
This program is designed for students who have a knowledge of photography, its materials and an interest in the use of the image-making processes. Students learn pinhole photography, cyanotype, Van Dyke brown, gumprint, video, computer graphics, duplicating, and Polaroid transfer techniques.

Courses

Photographic reporters for newspapers, magazines, P.R. offices of firms and governmental agencies. Broadcasting studios and outdoor cameramen. Advertising studios, etc.