Photographic Arts and Sciences Exploration

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Overview

Spend up to a year exploring RIT’s photography majors as you decide which program best matches your career goals. 


For students interested in photography but unsure which major best meets their career aspirations, the photographic arts and sciences exploration option provides you with an overview of the two photography majors and their options. Students will learn about the curriculum, course work, and career paths associated with the BFA in photographic and imaging arts (with options in advertising photography, fine art photography, photojournalism, or visual media) and the BS in photographic sciences. This exploration option allows you to take up to four semesters to learn about each major while you complete general education and liberal arts courses.

Curriculum for Photographic Arts and Sciences Exploration

Photography undeclared, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Choose one of the following: 8
   PHPS-101,102    Photography I, II (BS)  
   PHAR-101,102    Photo Arts I, II (BFA)  
PHPS-106
Photographic Technology I
This course is part of a two-course sequence that explores the technology of photography. The photographic technology course demonstrates the application of physics, mathematics and optical science behind the technology of image making. The course also provides the students with the opportunity to employ statistical data analysis to identify trends through laboratory exercises utilizing principles of scientific inquiry. Among the topics explored are the optics and physics of image formation, lens evaluation, light sources, digital light-sensitive materials, digital workflows, variability, quality control and photographic effects. Lab 3, Lecture 2 (Fall).
3
PHPS-107
Photographic Technology II
This is the second course in a two-semester course based in the study of the technology of photography, with emphasis on applications to real world photographic problems. Among the topics studied will include color vision, Munsell color system, CIELAB system, color theory, color management, digital color balance during post-processing, digital tone reproduction, and digital workflows. (Prerequisite: PHPS-106 or equivalent course.) Lab 3, Lecture 2 (Spring).
3
ENGL-150
Writing Seminar
This First Year Writing Intensive course is designed to develop first-year students’ proficiency in analytical writing, rhetorical reading, and critical thinking by focusing on particular uses of narrative. Students will read, understand, and interpret a variety of texts representing different cultural perspectives and/or academic disciplines. Increasingly, scholars, artists, public figures and other professionals recognize the value of using stories across genres to inform analytical practice. Students will gain informed practice in using narrative in different disciplines, and become aware of storytelling as one among a number of rhetorical strategies for inquiry. Students will be expected to give presentations as well as write papers both in response to the reading material and in services of their own independent arguments. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring, Summer).
3
ACSC-010
Year One
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community. Lecture 1 (Fall, Spring).
0
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry)
3
 
LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)
3
 
LAS Perspective 7 (mathematical)
3
Choose one of the following:
3
   ARTH-135
   LAS Perspective 2 (artistic): History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from prehistory through the Middle Ages, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look, how to describe and analyze what we see, and how to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall).
 
   
   LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry)
 
 
   LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical)
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   ARTH-136
   LAS Perspective 3 (global): History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
In this course students will examine the forms, styles, functions, and meanings of important objects and monuments dating from the European Renaissance through the beginning of the twentieth century, and consider these works of art in their social, historical and cultural contexts. The primary goals of this course are to learn how to look and how to describe and analyze what we see, and to use these skills to understand and explain how art visually expresses meaning. At the end of the term, students will have gained a foundational knowledge of the object, scope and methods of the discipline of art history. The knowledge obtained in this introductory course will also guide students in their own creative endeavors. Lecture 3 (Fall, Spring).
 
 
   LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical)
 
 
   LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)
 
Choose one of the following:
3
   FDTN-111
   Drawing I (BFA)
This course is an introduction to the visualization of form, thought and expression through the drawing process. Concepts are introduced by lectures, discussions, demonstrations, research, and assigned projects. Designed to provide a broad introductory experience, students will experiment with a wide variety of media, tools, techniques and subjects to develop drawing expertise and problem solving skills related to design and composition. Course work will be assessed through critique, facilitating self-assessment, and the growth of both a visual and verbal vocabulary. The focus of the course is to provide awareness of the full range of ways in which drawing is used as a tool for both self-expression and communication. (Undergraduate Imaging Arts and Sciences) Studio 6 (Fall, Spring).
 
   
   LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) (BS)
 
Total Semester Credit Hours
32

Please see General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in the Graduation Requirements section of this bulletin for more information.