Imaging Systems Minor

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The imaging systems minor offers students an introduction to the business and technology of photographic imaging services. Courses cover digital imaging capture systems, professional practices, output technologies, color management, and imaging workflows. The minor provides the foundation students need to pursue opportunities in photo technology management, color workflows, technical support, digital imaging technology, and sales for photography and imaging manufacturers.

Notes about this minor:

  • This minor is closed to students majoring in photographic sciences.
  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.

The program code for Imaging Systems Minor is IMGTSYS-MN.


Required Courses
Imaging Systems
This course will explore the business and technology fundamentals used in imaging systems. There will be an emphasis on the operation of devices/components used to optimize imaging systems. Fundamental concepts prevalent in imaging systems such as resolution, dynamic range, sensor architectures, printer and monitor technologies, color spaces, and image processing workflows will be presented. Emphasis will be on underlying principles of these technologies, proper selection of them, and how to best apply that knowledge to solve problems in the imaging industry. Potential careers in the imaging industry will be presented throughout the course.
Color Management Technology
This course, primarily designed for photographers, will provide students with hands on experience using software and hardware fundamental to contemporary practices in the imaging industry. It has been designed to expose students to a managed color workflow beginning at capture and culminating in output. The course will explore standard color instruments and give the essential knowledge and skills required to solve problems prevalent in the photographic field. Critical problem solving of accurate color reproduction across media will be investigated.
Choose three of the following:
   Retouch and Restore
This course will explore the techniques, tools, practices, and workflows used in image restoration and retouching. We will begin with historical images to practice basic retouching and restoration techniques. We will then apply these skills to contemporary images and discuss the importance of the collaborative role of the image-maker and the re-toucher. One of the primary goals is to help students craft a personal or signature imaging style as well as looking at image retouching as an important skill set for career options.
   The Fine Print Workflow
This course will discuss the latest advances in digital workflow, best practices and output technology. The emphasis will be on the creation of an optimal and efficient fine art print workflow with reproducible results. This will be achieved through the integration of the various software tools and technology at our disposal. Using these techniques, we will build optimized files and craft final, exhibition quality prints. We will also discuss the various substrate options along with archival issues and finishing. This course is intended to build on and update skills learned in previous photographic foundation courses.
   Vision, Perception and Imaging
This course will explore the anatomical structure, function, and physiology of the human eye and brain and their relationship to vision, color, visual perception and imaging systems. Both the physiology and psychology of visual perception will be explored. The concepts of depth perception in human vision as they relate to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional contexts will be explored. Relationships of image brightness, contrast and how visual processes lead to seeing will be addressed.
   Media Production & Technology
   Survey of Non-Conventional Imaging
This course will provide an overview of imaging methods and imaging systems including principles of photographic surveying, mapping photogrammetry and aerial photography, photofinish photography, panoramic photography, peripheral photography, scanning imaging, infrared/ultraviolet photography, three-dimensional imaging including lenticular photography and alternative imaging such as schlieren, thermography, electrophotography and other specialized applications. Topics may vary from year to year allowing for the introduction of newly developing applications and systems.
   Scanning Electron Microscopy
This course explores the use of motion imagery and digital video technology as it relates to the design and production of instructional media. Students will work in production teams utilizing digital video equipment to complete assignments that involve pre-production planning, field production and post-production editing tasks. The focus of work done in this class will be the production of media used in support of training and marketing activities commonly found in corporate, governmental, industrial and scientific communities.
   High Speed Photography
This course will investigate the theory and applications of photographic systems designed to record events of very short duration. The images will be analyzed to gain a more complete understanding of short duration events. Included in the course will be comparisons of the characteristics of high-speed motion picture and digital video cameras, sequencing and timing control devices, as well as time magnification relationships. Basic characteristics of intermittent and rotating prism cameras, rotating mirror and drum cameras, synchronization systems and timing controls and high-speed flash and stroboscopic systems will also be covered in some detail. Introduction to high-speed video recording as well as the introduction to shadowgraph and schlieren imaging systems will be included. Students will gain basic experiences not only in the operation of equipment but also in proper planning, setup and basic data reduction techniques.
   Digital Imaging Processing
This course covers the principles and fundamental techniques in writing digital image processing algorithms and computer programming techniques that are used in implementing said algorithms. Topics covered will include color space transformations, basic image manipulation, and spatial and frequency manipulations.
This course provides students with immersive experiences investigating the design of imaging systems and related technology with an emphasis on device characterization and image quality metrics and standards. Input and output standards including photographic and video systems will be covered in detail. Additionally, the course will explore measurable and subjective evaluations required for image quality.
   Color Measurement
This is the second in a two-course required imaging core sequence, the first being Applied Color Theory. Students develop the background and skills required for successful laboratory practice in color measurement as used in scientific research. This includes data management, data analysis, and technical writing. Topics include the optical and electronic design of spectroradiometric and spectrophotometric instrumentation, the use of standard reference materials for calibration, data analysis techniques, properties of objects and radiation, evaluation of instrumentation and psychophysical experimentation.
   Digital Color Management
This course offers a comprehensive study of the methods and techniques used to manage and interchange color in digital color-imaging systems. The principles of colorimetry and densitometry will be reviewed and applied specifically to practical color imaging applications. The fundamental colorimetric properties of color imaging media, devices and systems will be explored and compared. Digital color encoding principles will be examined, and the features and limitations of various digital color encoding methods will be described. Course topics will be discussed in terms of their application in commercial color-managed systems, such as the ICC and AMPAS ACES systems.