Course Descriptions

Note: We are currently adding courses to the choices below.

100-Introduction to Digital Photography for Non-Majors. Introduction to digital photography as a means of visual expression for non-photo majors. Students will learn to better utilize the settings and features of their camera, understand the basics of digital photography and learn to think and express themselves in visual terms using the photographic medium. Students will also be introduced to options available for printing, storing and organizing their photographs. Students must have an approved digital camera with selectable shooting modes, which may be either basic point-and-shoot or SLR.

102-Introduction to Digital Photography. Introduction to digital photography as a means of visual expression for photography majors. Students will learn to utilize the settings and features of their camera, understand the basics of digital photography and learn to think and express themselves in visual terms using the photographic medium. Students will also be introduced to fundamental computer concepts, emphasizing hands-on use of the Macintosh personal computer as a tool for producing and organizing their photographic image. Students must have an approved digital SLR camera and an approved Macintosh laptop

106-Freshman Seminar. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce new Photography majors to the Photography and Digital Imaging major at Virginia Intermont College and to the SW Virginia/Upper East Tennessee natural landscape. Discussion topics will include career paths, major advising, lab policies and practices, and intranet and internet resources. Field trips will provide shooting opportunities for new students to work together on basic photography assignments and will include at least seven departmental events, exhibitions and openings, and/or excursions to nature areas with potential photographic significance.

110-The Photographer’s Vision. This course introduces the beginning photography student to historical styles and contemporary trends in the medium of photography.

133-Outer Banks Workshop. This workshop is a fourteen-day field trip to the southeastern coast, where students will interact with the people, the culture, and the landscape of this coastal area. Students should have at least basic photographic skills.

200-Workshops I. The purpose of these workshops is to introduce techniques and media not normally taught within the curriculum. They will involve lectures and demonstrations by visiting artists and photographers with follow up assignments emphasizing the use of knowledge gained during the workshop. Students will have the opportunity to met recognized, active artists on an informal basis and to receive instruction in new areas.

202- Traditional Black and White Techniques.  An introduction to techniques of exposure, development, and printing of black-and-white film and print materials. A 35mm film camera is provided to students registered for this course.

203- SPE Workshop. The Society for Photographic Education is a non-profit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography-related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms, and to foster the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism. SPE coordinates regional conferences in the fall. The conferences provide an opportunity to become inspired, exchange ideas with other conference attendees, find out about the latest developments in the field and meet some of photography’s most illustrious talents. Students in this workshop course will attend and take part in a regional SPE conference.

205-Wilderness Photography. This course will introduce the student to the equipment, techniques, and preparation required for wilderness photography and will help the student translate feelings for nature and the land into photographs. The course will include extended weekend field trips to wilderness areas of the Southern Appalachians.

210-Exhibitions Seminar. This course is an introduction to the operation of the small gallery. Students will plan, hang, and publicize exhibits in the photography galleries.

236-Macintosh Media. This course emphasizes hands-on use of the software applications in the current Apple software suites as well as non-Apple media software

300-Workshops II. These workshops are directed toward advanced students. They will involve lectures and demonstrations by visiting artists/photographers with follow-up assignments emphasizing the use of knowledge gained during the workshop. Students will have the opportunity to meet recognized, active artists on an informal basis and to receive instruction in new areas.

301-Photography III. This course involves the refinement of black and white photographic technique, with a visual emphasis on thematic concerns.

303-SPE Workshop II. The Society for Photographic Education is a non-profit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography-related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms, and to foster the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism. SPE coordinates regional conferences in the fall. The conferences provide an opportunity to become inspired, exchange ideas with other conference attendees, find out about the latest developments in the field and meet some of photography’s most illustrious talents. Students in this workshop course will attend and take part in a regional SPE conference. Students are required to present a portfolio of their photographs for review at the conference.

307- Junior Seminar. Introduction to and the evaluation of a student’s ability to complete a self directed portfolio. Students will work under faculty supervision to conceive and execute a cohesive thematic body of work.  Must be taken concurrently with the Keystone Project, CS 300.

311-Experimental Photography. This course introduces the student to experimental approaches in producing photographic images. The processes emphasized will include solarization, high contrast and pinhole photography.

310- Exhibitions Seminar II. An introduction to management principles for the small gallery and museum.

312-History of Photography. This course is an introduction to the history and appreciation of still photography, from events and discoveries leading to the invention of photography until the mid-20th century. This class will look at the historical events, images and processes of the times as we trace the influences which still affect our work today.

313-Contemporary Photography. This course is a study of the uses, styles, and influences of contemporary still photography.

318-Color Photography I. A study of the theory and uses of color in still photography.

319-Color photography II. The course involves the refinement of color photography. Emphasis is on visual assignments.

321-Alternative Processes. This course involves the study and utilization of historical and alternative photographic processes in producing photographic images.

322-Lighting. This course is an introduction to the equipment and techniques of photographic lighting, with an emphasis on studio photography.

323- Lighting II. This course explores advanced techniques of photographic lighting both in the studio and on location. Emphasis will be on photographic illustration, architectural and portrait photography.

324-Multiple Imagery. This course will explore the relating and sequencing of photographic images. It will involve building composite images, extending the photographic moment, and creating multiple images with new relationships and meanings.

326-Large Format Photography. This course is an introduction to large format photography, with an emphasis on view camera technique.

327-Personal Vision. This course is for students who command the basics of black and white and/or color photography and want to work at discovering the uniqueness of their own vision. Students will explore their own lives, past, emotions, and motivations for photographing.

337-Digital Imaging I. Introduction to fundamental principles of digital imaging, with emphasis on technical considerations and creative application.

338-Digital Imaging II. Advanced digital techniques for image manipulation, compositing and output with an emphasis on a personal vision.

340-Web Design I. Introduction to web design and web publishing. Basic and intermediate HTML, file transfer protocols, graphics file formats and effective page design for the world wide web. Students will design and publish a personal web site.

341-Web Design II. Intermediate HTML, scripting, web based animation and site management. Emphasis on commercial applications.

345-Electronic Media. Introduction to digital video and presentation techniques.

355-Professional Studies.  Advanced create problem-solving experiences that focus on preparations for the photography job market. Projects, both personal and group, could include worth with local clients, a self promotional booklet (designed Aden printed), and portfolio development. Interaction, discussion and student presentations are also part of this course. Students are encouraged to meet professional standards while developing a strong personal point of view.

360-Elements of Film. This course introduces students to the basic technical and esthetic elements that comprise the art of film. Each week one of the following elements will be studied: (1) Screenwriting, (2) The Camera, (3) Performance, (4) Music and Sound, (5) The Edited Image, (6) The Director. Discussion will be supplemented each week by a short film dealing with the specific element being studied. The final meeting will be the analysis of a full-length feature

361-History of Motion Pictures. This course is a critical survey of the narrative and documentary motion picture film as a distinctive art form and as a medium of expression and communication. This course traces in chronological order the major events of, and influences on, world cinema.

402-The Photograph as Document. This course involves the study and use of the photograph to record, interpret, and communicate the human condition and the environment in which it exists.

405-Studies in Film. Research, discussion, and papers on film genres and areas including Contemporary Film and Directors, the Science-Fiction Film, the Western, Film Comedy, the Horror Film, and the Film Musical. Specific course titles are listed in the schedule of classes each semester.

423-Projects in Photography. Special projects for advanced students.

424-Photography Internship. Provides students with professional experience in schools, community agencies, businesses, etc.

425-Senior Seminar. This course is a one hour seminar directed toward exploring the needs and concerns of graduating photography majors. Included will be sections dealing with resume and portfolio production, tax considerations for the photographer, employment possibilities, and senior exhibitions.

428-Senior Exhibitions. Graduating seniors will prepare an exhibition portfolio that will be exhibited during their Senior Exhibition at the end of their final semester at VI. Supervised production of Senior Exhibition materials is necessary to assure an acceptable level of technical quality and appropriate visual content.