Photography

Photography curriculum includes traditional black and white photography, digital color photography, antique photographic processes, and an introduction to video art.

Facilities 
The traditional flim darkroom area has 2,846 square feet of studio space, with 24 hour access, including seminar space, a basic hot-light studio setup, a gang darkroom with fourteen enlargers, and six individual darkroom spaces for students with an emphasis in photography.

The digital photography classroom has 18 Apple iMacs with video editing capabilities, Epson scanners, Epson inkjet photo printers medium and large format.

Photography Faculty
Michelle Burdine mburdine@murraystate.edu

Photography Degrees
Photography concentration in BFA Studio
Minor in Fine Art Photography
Certificate in Fine Art Photography

Photography Studio
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Courses Offered
Art 382 Introduction to Photography (3) Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of fine art photography through the use of single-lens-reflex cameras, DSLR (digital) & SLR (film) while exploring creative image making as a means of personal expression with emphasis on digital process. By examining the basic formal/concepts foundation of photography through readings and lab based projects, as well as participating in discussion and critiques, students will build a visual literacy for application in daily life; developing a deeper understanding of the medium and its history. DSLR cameras are not supplied, SLR cameras are supplied. Six hours per week.  Prerequisite(s):  None.

Art 383 Advanced Digital Photography (3) Continuation and refinement of technical and conceptual aspects of photography presented in ART 382 with expanded emphasis on digital processes through shooting, editing, and printing. Hands on instruction includes strobe lighting, large format color printing, editing, digital compositing and mixed media, use of a computer lab as an art studio. Students will discuss and investigate historical and current photographic concerns and trends and work toward developing unique photographic works. Six hours per week.  Can be repeated up to one time for credit. Prerequisite:  Introduction to Photography (382) or permission of the instructor.

Art 384 Film/Darkroom Photography (3) Continuation and refinement of technical and conceptual aspects of photography presented in ART 382 with expanded emphasis on film processes through shooting, editing, and printing. Hands on instruction includes 35mm, medium format, and large format film cameras, film processing, darkroom printing, use of some digital technology as a tool with analog media. Students will discuss and investigate historical and current photographic concerns and trends toward developing unique photographic works. Six hours per week.  Can be repeated up to one time for credit. Prerequisite:  Introduction to Photography (382) or permission of the instructor.

Art 385 Moving Image: Screen (3) An introduction to the fundamentals of time-based media art with an emphasis on moving image and sound as a means of creative expression for a screening environment such as a theater. Students gain basic familiarity with planning, shooting, recording, and editing processes necessary to execute short individual projects. Student will use professional editing software; participate in discussions after screenings of historical and contemporary artists films and videos. Cameras are provided. Six hours per week.  Can be repeated up to one time for credit.

Art 483 Moving Image: Gallery/Intermedia (3) An introduction to the fundamentals of time-based media art with an emphasis on moving image and sound as a means of creative expression for a gallery, performance, and interactive art distribution. Students gain basic familiarity with planning, shooting, recording, and editing processes necessary to execute intermedia projects using 4D/moving image processes. Student will use professional editing software; participate in discussions after viewing historical and contemporary artists works ranging from web, gallery, installation, and performance works. Cameras are provided. Six hours per week.  Can be repeated up to one time for credit. Prerequisite:  None.

Art 484 Directions in Moving Image (3) Concentrated study of moving image art for a screening environment as related to student’s professional goals. Individual explorations are to culminate in a unified body of work such short film or video to help prepare the student for their senior show, and/or entry into graduate school, or the workplace. Prerequisite: ART 385 or ART 483 or permission of instructor. Prerequisites: ART 385 or ART 483.

Art 583 Directions in Photography (3) Concentrated study of print based photographic art as related to student’s professional goals. Individual explorations are to culminate in a unified body of work such as a book or portfolio to help prepare the student for their senior show, and/or entry into graduate school, or the workplace. Prerequisite: ART 382; ART 383 or ART 384.

Art 584 Directions in Intermedia (3) Concentrated study of moving image and or sound art for a gallery, performance, and/or web environment as related to student’s professional goals. Individual explorations are to culminate in a unified body of work such as an art installation, performance, and/or intermedia project to help prepare the student for their senior show, and/or entry into graduate school or the workplace. Prerequisite: ART 385 or ART 483 or permission of instructor.