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Photography

Throughout their four semesters in the area, photo students are exposed to as wide a range of photographic techniques as possible and encouraged to use those tools to develop a personal vision in the medium.

Emphasis is on a fine art approach to the medium. Right from the start, students are expected to gain an understanding of the photographic language and its place in their own work. Time is spent each week analyzing the work of established photographers to better gain an appreciation for this language.

Supervised lab hours offer students access to the darkrooms.

Photography FACULTY

Christine Ridgway (lecturer)cridgway@emich.edu
Jason DeMartejdemarte@emich.edu

Photography Facilities

The photography area includes facilities for both darkroom and digital work. Darkroom facilities include a dedicated film processing area as well as group and individual darkrooms with 4×5 variable contrast enlargers.

The digital facilities include Nikon and Imacon film scanners capable of scanning up to 4×5″ film, and a variety of printers for both small and large scale photographic output.

Photography Courses

ARTS 105 Photography for Non-Majors

This is an introductory course in film-based art black and white photography. It covers the basic tools of the medium, including camera use, film developing, and printing. The class is designed to allow students to become familiar with visual arts and the artistic process using the camera as a tool for personal expression. (Formerly ART 168)

Prereq: none

ADPM 301 Digital Photography

Digital Photography explores digital photographic techniques. It covers the tools of the medium, including camera use, image editing and digital printing. The class is designed to allow students to become familiar with the general photographic history and the artistic process using the camera as a tool for personal expression. Students must furnish their own DSLR camera, as well as some additional supplies.


Prereq: AD 127

ADPM 303 Analog Photography

Analog Photography explores photography as an art form. Film camera and chemical photographic processes and techniques are covered with an emphasis on using these tools to a creative end. Students must furnish their own 35mm manual SLR camera, as well as some additional supplies.


Prereq: AD 127

AD 400W Capstone

This course is taken in conjunction with the last course in each student’s area of concentration. It is designed as the culminating learning experience for students in the BFA curriculum and will help provide direction for their future professional careers. The course will focus on preparation for a required senior exhibition, the development of a professional portfolio, and the creation necessary written documents to support one’s professional career.


Prereq: must be enrolled in final area of concentration and department permission

ADPM 331 Lens Based Studio Lighting

This course in Photography/New Media is designed to give students a better understanding of the technical aspects of lens-based lighting while challenging them to refine their own artistic vision and critical abilities. Instruction will include technical lectures and demonstrations, open lab sessions for addressing problems on an individual level, critiques of class work, slide and reading discussions.


Prereq: ADPM 301 and ADPM 303

AD 402 Advanced Porfolio II

An advanced course that continues goals and accomplishments from Advanced Portfolio I. Students will further develop a body of work using contemporary art methods through self-directed projects. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.


Prereq: AD 401

AD 401 Advanced Porfolio I

An advanced course that focuses on students’ personal development of a body of work using contemporary art methods. Emphasizes the individual student’s development of a personal line of creative inquiry, which is supported by a sound conceptual foundation and is executed through appropriate technical means. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.



Prereq: AD2D 320, AD2D 321, AD3D 320, or ADPM 320

ADPM 330 Photographic Image Making

This course will be an exploratory photographic topics course designed to give students the tools necessary to continue the pursuit of photography as art and personal expression. Instruction will be based on rotational photographic topics demonstrations and workshops as well as in-class critiques, field trips, readings and slide discussions. Students explore a conceptual approach to the medium while learning to incorporate professional imaging techniques and equipment into their process. The work of other photographers is considered to give students a better understanding of the photographic language.


Prereq: ADPM 301 or ADPM 303