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COURSE NAME: "Advanced Photography"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019

INSTRUCTOR: Jochem Schoneveld
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: W 12:30-3:15 PM
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite:one previous course in Photography

The aim of this course is to give advanced students the theoretical and practical skills necessary to invent and produce a creative photographic project. Projects may fall into traditional genres such as nature photography, architecture, portraiture, fashion, still life/objects/merchandise, photojournalism, landscape, etc., as well as more conceptual approaches. The course assumes the basic competence in black and white photography (including darkroom techniques), and/or expertise in digital photography. Instruction is both on an individual, tutorial level and in group visits, lessons and critiques. The course will help students acquire the technical and artistic competency expected in the professional workplace.
This is a course in advanced photography composed of 14 sessions.
The sessions will include advanced post-production with applications like Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and RAW processors and exhibition quality printing.
Group critique and portfolio evaluation
The main assignment of this course is the final portfolio. The final portfolio will be presented on the exam day.
The group critique is an important part of this course. Discussing photographs will lead to a better understanding and appreciation of art. The group critique consists of the following elements.
1. Describe the work. What are we looking at?
2. Interpretation of the work. What is the meaning of it? Apply contextual information and subjective interpretation of the work
3. Evaluation of the work. Is it art? Is the message of the work clear? Set criteria for yourself on which base you judge photographic art
4. Concept. What is the idea behind it?
5. Experimentation. Is this something we have seen before? New challenges, risks.

Students will regularly post to Moodle

During this semester we will visit a photographic exhibition. Time and place to be decided.

Independent research is critical for success. Students are expected to write project proposals and critiques.
Although we will not use a textbook, you will get many required readings during this course. Discussions of these readings will take place regularly.
-Understanding of digital photography from a practical and theoretical viewpoint;
-Basic skills to set up a logical digital workflow: Capture, File Management, Processing Workflow, Color Management, non-destructive image processing;
-Developed an aesthetic sense and be able to produce and read photographic images;
-The ability to write a brief critical evaluation of photographic works;
-The skills to create and present their own portfolio;

Attendance, participation 25%
Critiques and Presentations(midterm) 25%
Assignments 25%
Final portfolio and Presentation 25%

A Work of this quality shows excellent mastery of the course content along with exceptional levels of technical skill, artistic awareness, originality, resourcefulness, commitment, quantity of work and improvement. There has been excellent collaboration and leadership in group projects, and there have been no attendance problem
B A highly competent level of performance with work that directly addresses the content of the course, with a good quantity of work produced
C An acceptable level of performance: the work shows awareness of the course content, but is very limited in quantity, quality, commitment and skill
D The student lacks a coherent grasp of the course material and has failed to produce much work
F Negligent in attendance, academic honesty, engagement with the course content, or production of work

Attendance is essential for success in this course, try not to miss any class meetings. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule. It is not possible to pass this course if you miss more then three (3) classes. If you miss class you’re responsible to get notes and handouts. Lectures are not being repeated. You need to come to class well prepared. You need to attend critiques and finish required assignments missing a critique or an assignment will result in lower grading. Outside of class you will do your own photography, background reading and preparation.
Active participation in class is mandatory. The use of internet during lab time is allowed only in the context of this course.
Not attending the final critique will result in an F. Withdraw if you are unable to attend class regularly. Attendance policy is not negotiable.
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.


Session Session Focus Reading Assignment Other Assignment Meeting Place/Exam Dates
1 Introduction to the course, expectations and outcomes. Course philosophy, objectives, materials, requirements. Setting up your computer and file system.   Prepare portfolio of previous work  
2 Discuss previous work. Image Capture and Archiving. Camera handling, characteristics digital vs. traditional, camera formats, lenses, scanners Essay John Szarkowsky "The Photographers Eye"    
3 Photography in various lighting conditions: daylight, flash, back light, night   (environmental)Portrait Study  
4 Composition: image format, perspective, lens choice, point of view      
5 Field trip to the EUR district in Rome   Architectural study  
6 Editing your photos in Adobe Lightroom 4. Advanced Tone Mapping in Lightroom. Black and White or Color      
7 Midterm Presentation of work of contemporary photographers and write a critique of their work.   Photographer critique is due on session 8  
8 Working methodology for your project. The project framework.      
9 Review/Critique of student work. Discuss the progress you have made so far during this course.   critique  
10 Color Management and Printing techniques      
11 The Photobook: Discussion of the history of the Photobook and significant publications      
12 Visit to an exhibition   write exhibition critique  
13 Adobe Lightroom 4. Preparing a Presentation, a book and a website.      
14 Editing/Printing of final project plans. Prepare your presentation for the exam week.   Finish presentation for final