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Lens-Based Art Specialization

Photo and Video Specialization

The Lens Based Arts specialization offers digital and traditional practices of still photography and video in which students fluidly explore diverse methods of telling stories. Courses focus on developing technical and conceptual aspects of the mediums, while emphasizing the potential of photography and video to engage meaningfully with ideas and culture. In addition to multi-level digital color photography, students explore a variety of photographic practices, including large format, beginning and advanced studio lighting for photo and video, alternative processes, and black & white darkroom. This specialization also encourages the exploration and redefinition of the role of photography within a contemporary fine art context, allowing for experimentation with image appropriation, presentation, installation and integration with new genres as well as the creation of interdisciplinary collaborations among students, faculty, and the community. Students will further specialize by selecting either a photo or a new genres track. The senior year includes three capstone courses which result in an exhibit of senior thesis work. The senior capstone courses stress critical thinking, writing, and research through short sequential written assignments and semester-long investigations culminating in a senior thesis paper and exhibition.

Specialization Requirements

(12 courses)

Lens-Based: Photography/Video Core

(4 courses)

  • AAV 231/Cameras and Lighting I
  • AAV 232/Image and Narrative or AAV 233/Documentary
  • AAV 244/Video I
  • AAV 231/Cameras and Lighting II

 

Photo Track Requirements

(3 courses)

  • AAV 230/Photo II
  • AAV 330/Photo III
  • AAV 255/Web I
  • AAV 370/Topics in Lens-Based Art
  • AAV 355/Web I, AAV 218/Book Arts, AAV 399/Internship or any approved course in 2-D art (choose 2)

 

STUDIO ELECTIVES FOR PHOTO FOCUS

(2 courses)

  • AAV 340/Video II
  • AAV 255/Web I AAV 218/Book Arts Any 2-D courses, including Internship

 

NEW GENRES TRACK REQUIREMENTS

(3 courses)

  • AAV 340/Video II
  • AAV 342/Installation and Performance
  • AAV 313/Sculpture II
  • AAV 370/Topics in New Genres
  • AAV 385/Electronic Music Skills
  • AAV 314/Printmaking II, AAV 399/Internship or any 200 or 300-level course in Lens-Based: New Genres

 

STUDIO ELECTIVES FOR NEW GENRES FOCUS

(2 courses)

  • Any 200 or 300-level courses in Lens-Based Art: New Genres
  • Any studio courses, including internship

 

Recommended Second-Year Program of Study: Lens-Based Art

First Semester

  • AAV 231/Cameras and Lighting I – 1 course unit
  • AAV 244/Video I – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit

 

Second Semester for Lens-Based Art: Photo Track

  • AAV 232/Image and Narrative or AAV 233/Documentary Photo – 1 course unit
  • Track Required – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit
  • Sophomore Review – 0 course unit

 

Second Semester for Lens-Based Art: New Genres Track

  • AAV 232/Image and Narrative or AAV 233/Documentary – 1 course unit
  • New Genres Track Required** – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit
  • Sophomore Review – 0 course units

Total for year: 8 course units

 

Recommended Third-Year Program of Study: Lens-Based Art

First Semester

  • AAV 331/Cameras and Lighting II – 1 course unit
  • Studio Elective (see list below) – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit

 

Second Semester for Lens-Based Art: Photo Track

  • AAV 338/Theory and Practice in Lens-Based Art – 1 course unit
  • Photo Track Required – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit

 

Second Semester for Lens-Based Art: New Genres Track

  • AAV 338/Theory and Practice in Lens-Based Art – 1 course unit
  • New Genres Track Required – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit

Total for year: 8 course units

 

Recommended Fourth-Year Program of Study: Lens-Based Art

First Semester: Photo Track

  • AAV 431/Lens-Based Art Professional Practice – 1 course unit
  • Photo Track Required – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit

 

First Semester: New Genres Track

  • AAV 431/Lens-Based Art Professional Practice – 1 course unit
  • New Genres Track Required – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit

 

Second Semester

  • AAV 432/Senior Thesis in Lens-Based Art – 1 course unit
  • Studio Elective (see list below) – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit

Total for year: 8 course units

 

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