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Studio Art, Printmaking & Fashion Design
Spring 2019 Semester CEA & SRISA Hybrid Florence

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Course Overview


ARTH 3301 History of Photography: A Hands on Approach

ARTH 380 History of Photography: A Hands on Approach Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: Santa Reparata International School of Art
Location: Florence, Italy
Primary Subject Area: Art History
Instruction in: English
Course Code: ARTH 380 / ARTH 3301
Course Details: Level 300
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 90
Required Supplies: During orientation, students will receive a list of textbooks they are required to purchase. Students should not purchase any texts before orientation.


This course proposes an examination of photography from its prehistory to the present from a practical point of view. During class, there will be theoretical lectures, slide shows, demonstrations, and field trips, including visits to photo exhibitions and the MNAF Museum of Photography. These on-site excursions will address photography's multiple histories and its different technologies through time. Students in the course will also study a variety of classical techniques including hands-on demonstrations of pinhole cameras, stereo photography, solargraphy, cyanotypes, salt prints and Polaroid transfers. Throughout the course, students will become familiar with images and technologies made by important contributors to the history of photography. They will additionally learn the vocabulary and issues of photographic theory, practice, and criticism and will be expected to make an active contribution to class discussions and presentations.

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