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Juan Orrantia

Assistant Professor

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

Juan Orrantia

Assistant Professor

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

Currently Teaching

PHAR-101
4 Credits
This course will provide an immersive introduction to the field of the photographic arts. It will emphasize both craft and visual problem solving. The course will explore: seeing and appreciating the quality of light, image capture, photographic vision, historical and contemporary genres of photography, best practices and workflow as well as an introduction to the critique forum and its practices.
PHAR-102
4 Credits
This course will reinforce and build upon the skills learned in the first semester of Photographic Arts I. It will emphasize aesthetics, craft, visual problem solving and critical thinking skills - the foundations of the Photographic Arts curriculum. In this semester, the studio will be introduced as a space that can be used to create and control light. This course's curriculum will continue to emphasize both craft and visual problem solving required in high-level photographic imaging.
PHAR-599
1 - 3 Credits
Photography Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, will propose a course of study. Photography Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.
PHFA-302
3 Credits
This course is the second in a sequence of two principle production and critique classes for students in the fine art photography option of the BFA program. Each student will analyze, interpret and develop a meaningful practice to create personal artwork. Course emphasis requires students to produce a contemporary photographic-based independent body of work and demonstrate best practices within the fine arts.
PHFA-403
3 Credits
This course represents the final culmination of the studio/critique experience for students in fine art photography. Having established a working artistic methodology in the previous fine art courses, students will consolidate a final body of work through the critical engagement with their peers and faculty. The focus of the course will lead to the senior exhibition and the completion of a printed portfolio or other final expression of their work such as video or installation. Studio practices creation of new artwork and extensive critique experiences are featured in this course.
PHFA-511
3 Credits
A study of current issues relevant to imaging-based fine art photography and related media; how they relate to broader historical/cultural issues; and how they might suggest future directions. Emphasis is placed on the integration of critical theoretical discourse and studio practice. This course is a touchstone to current and future fine art practices through its engagement with a variety of subjects. This course can be taken multiple times but individual topics must be different.
PHFA-531
3 Credits
Fine art photography students in this class will have the unique opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive workshop that travels to New York City, arguably the center of the photography industry. During the field trip and accompanying lectures and studio/museum/gallery visits students will gain an immersive exposure to the field of fine art and applied photography and related its industries in New York City. Students will meet with a variety of photographers, art gallery directors, museum personnel, studio artists, assistants, and RIT alumni. Photography studios, magazines, galleries, and photo/art museums and universities will also be visited during the one- week field trip.
PHGR-611
3 Credits
This course will study current issues relevant to imaging-based fine art photography and related media; how they relate to broader historical/cultural issues, and how they might suggest future directions. Emphasis is placed on the integration of critical theoretical discourse and studio practice. This course is a touchstone to current and future fine art practices through its engagement with a variety of subjects. This course may be repeated with different topics. Topic is determined by the instructor.
PHGR-631
3 Credits
This course will offer students the unique opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive workshop in New York City. Students will meet with photographers, art gallery directors, museum personnel, artists, studio assistants, and RIT alumni in NYC. There will be accompanying lectures and studio/museum/gallery visits. Students will gain an immersive exposure to the field of fine art, applied photography, and related industries. Course work includes researching: professional photography studios, art magazines, galleries, photo/art museums, and universities. Permission to enroll is required. Travel fees will be required.
PHGR-724
3 Credits
This course prepares students for entering a career in the arts. Course content covers practical information related to professional practice such as crafting a CV, grant writing, writing an artist’s statement, creating a professional application packet and researching exhibition spaces and other opportunities for artists.
PHGR-799
1 - 4 Credits
An independent study allows graduate students in the Photography and Related Media program the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined goals and outcomes. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. **NOTE: Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA *
PHGR-890
6 Credits
Students produce a thesis as a component of the MFA degree in Photography and Related Media. The completion of the thesis exhibition, from artwork to the installation, is the focus of this course.