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Photography and Video Art Specialization

The Photography and Video 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)

Photography/Video Core

(4 courses)

  • AAV 231/Cameras and Lighting I
  • AAV 244/Video I
  • AAV 331/Advanced Projects in Photography and Video

 

Photo/Video Requirements

(3 courses)

  • AAV 230/Photo II
  • AAV 330/Photo III
  • AAV 370/Topics in Photography and Video
  • AAV 399/Internship 

 

STUDIO ELECTIVES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEO

(2 courses)

  • AAV 342/Video II
  • AAV 300 Studio

 

CAPSTONE

(3 courses)

  • AAV 318/Theory/Practice
  • AAV 461/Professional Practice
  • AAV 412/Senior Thesis

 

Recommended Second-Year Program of Study: Photography and Video

First Semester

  • AAV 230/Photo II: Documentary – 1 course unit
  • AAV 244/Video I – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit

Second Semester

  • AAV 231/Studio Lighting – 1 course unit
  • AAV 399/Internship – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit
  • Sophomore Review – 0 course unit

Total for year: 8 course units

 

Recommended Third-Year Program of Study:Photography and Video

First Semester

  • AAV 330/Photo III: Image and Narrative – 1 course unit
  • AAV 331/Advanced Projects in Photography and Video – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Liberal Learning – 1 course unit

 

Second Semester

  • AAV 338/Theory and Practice in Photography and Video – 1 course unit
  • AAV 342/Installation, Performance and Media – 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: Photography and Video

First Semester: Photo Track

  • AAV 461/Professional Practice – 1 course unit
  • AAV 344/Video II – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • AAV 200 Studio Elective – 1 course unit

Second Semester

  • AAV 432/Senior Thesis – 1 course unit
  • AAV 300 Studio Elective – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit
  • Elective – 1 course unit

Total for year: 8 course units

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