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ART 116 - History of Photography

Course Description

This course is a survey of the history of photography from complex events leading to its invention in 1839 to the diverse applications in our present day. The course will examine photography’s influence in shaping broader political, economic, socio-cultural, historical, and environmental systems, and its impact on science and technology. Students will be introduced to methods of historical research and investigation through a balance of lectures, discussions and fieldwork including the viewing of contemporary and historic photographic objects.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able:

Analyze the artistic qualities of photography using major stylistic elements present in all photographs, including such elements as line, balance, depth of field, color and composition.
Discuss the historical development of photography from its scientific and technological perspectives.
Understand and discuss the crossover between other media and photography, and discuss the historical relationship between photography and other media.
Evaluate major photographers and their work, including the style of their work and historical significance.
Understand and discuss the ways in which photography has influenced contemporary and historic views of the world.
Discuss how photography shaped broader artistic, political, economic, socio-cultural, historical, and environmental systems.

College Academic Learning Goal Designation: Global Understanding (GU)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3


Course Prerequisites: ENG 050 and REA 050