ARTS2120 Photographic Arts

This course provides a framework for critically considering significant photographers and their work. Students are expected to describe, interpret, and evaluate the origins, stylistic changes and artistic innovations in the history of photography from the 19th Century through contemporary times.




Qualifying score on writing assessment test OR ENGL1021 and Qualifying score on reading assessment test OR ENGL0921 or ESOL0842

Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Explain the world history of the art of photography
Explain the aesthetics of the art of photography
Analyze the work of photographers throughout history
Assign key photographs to various historical contexts
Identify key innovations and technological developments throughout the history of photography
Explain how the world history of photographic imagery and advances in technology affect world culture
Identify abstract and conceptual ideas in various historical photographic images and projects
Relate the design elements of form, color, image, and space to photography
Compare and contrast key historical art photographs, projects, photographic styles, and criticism
Use a working knowledge of the language of photography

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details



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