ART 408: Advanced Photo

Art 408 Syllabus – Sp2017


Emphasis for this course is placed on sustained individual development through completion of a photographic portfolio as a vehicle for personal expression of a theme or concept. Awareness of contemporary masters is stressed.


Art, 328, Art 308 or Art 318


Vision Mongers, David duChemin. ISBN-13: 978-0-321-67020-5, ISBN-10: 0-321-67020-5


  1. Develop a theme or concept for a complete and cohesive body of work
  2. Research photographers, photography fields, and professional opportunities through periodicals, books, magazines, and internet searches
  3. Complete an artist statement that supports their completed body of work
  4. Photograph and digitize art work in preparation for exhibitions and/or graduate school applications
  5. Further develop understanding of advanced camera related equipment


  1. Introduce student to ideas concerning professional and post college opportunities
  2. Aid student in developing a theme or concept supporting a cohesive body of work ready for exhibition
  3. Aid student in developing a body of work that demonstrates informed aesthetic decisions
  4. Learn how to professional present and document artwork for exhibition and graduate applications
  5. Cover photographic techniques that are pertinent to students’ individual direction


Your final grade for this course will be graded on a 10 point scale:

100-90     = A

89-80       = B

79-70       = C

69-60       = D

59-0         = F

Breakdown of Graded Assignments:

Weekly Work Prints/Critiques = 50%

Reading Assignments/Text Workbook = 10%

Call for Entries Experience = 5%

Final Portfolio (Intro Letter, Artist Statement, Tear Sheets, Bio) =15%

Senior Exhibit = 20%

Weekly Work Prints/Critiques: Each week, 4-6 new prints will be due for critique. Work prints will be sufficient for critique and are those prints that are in a state suitable for critique, but may not be up to exhibition ready standards.

Reading Assignments/Text Workbook: There will be a workbook including questions derived from your reading assignments.

Call for Entries Experience: This semester you will be required to enter three juried call for entries for exhibition. These may be local, out of state or international exhibits. They can also be online exhibitions as long as they are juried.

Weekly Work Prints/Critiques: Each week, 4-6 new prints will be due for critique. Work prints will be sufficient for critique and are those prints that are in a state suitable for critique, but may not be up to exhibition ready standards.

Final Portfolio: This will include a letter of introduction (to a prospective job, institution of higher learning or continuing education or an exhibition proposal to a gallery), artist statement, bio and tear sheets of your work.

Senior Exhibit: This portion of the grade will be based on the final presentation of your body of work. It may include your timeliness in hanging your work, craftsmanship, overall success and participation.

Final grades will be posted online at the end of the semester. Final grades are only rounded up to the next letter grade if they are within a .5 point or closer.


(From FMU Student Catalog, p. 62). It is the responsibility of the student to attend all scheduled meetings in the course in which he/she is enrolled. If a student is absent more than twice the number of required class or laboratory sessions per week during regular semesters or more than 15% of required sessions during accelerated semesters, a grade of “F” or “W” will normally be assigned, unless absences have been excused for cause by the instructor.

Attendance Policy for Art 218:

Students may miss up to 4 classes. If the student missed a 5th class, he/she will be dropped from the course. Absences include both excused and unexcused absences. As stated in the FMU Catalog, Prior to the completion of 33 percent of a course, a faculty member may withdraw a student from a course for violation of the stated attendance policy and the grade recorded will be “W.” After the completion of 33 percent of a course, a faculty member may still withdraw a student from a course for a violation of the stated attendance policy but the grade recorded will be “F” or “W” based on the academic average at the time of withdrawal. If you miss class the day before a schedule break you will receive 2 absences. If you come to class without being prepared you may be considered absent. An excused absence will require a doctor’s note or other approved documentation for absence.

Please be on time, as a courtesy to the class. Excessive tardiness will be harmful to your final grade. Three tardies equal one absence.


If absent from class, it is the responsibility of the student to email the Professor (via email or office visit) or contact a classmate to inquire about missed assignments. If an assignment is given and due the next class period, the student will still be responsible for completing the assignment even if absent from class.

 Late Work: There will be no late work allowed for weekly critiques. All other assignments will be deducted a letter grade for being late.


There will be time to work on your assignments in class. However, please anticipate that you will have to do work outside of class in order to complete your projects and assignments for this course.

If you are not pleased with your grade on a project, you may resubmit the assignment within 2 weeks of the due date. Your grade for a resubmitted project will only result in a grade that is at maximum one late grade higher than the original grade.

Student excursions to art museums, galleries or studios may be scheduled. Participation is expected. Students must provide a legitimate reason if participation is not possible.


Students must provide their own storage media. Storage media may include a flash drive (thumb drive) or Students must provide their own darkroom paper, film, negative preservers and other materials needed for their body of work. Students must also be aware that there may be a limited number of cameras available for student use.

Please do not leave paper, film, or any other supplies out in the darkroom or the classroom. If your supplies get stolen it is your responsibility.

Cleaning up after yourself in the darkroom is required. Failure to clean up after yourself will result in lower project grades.


The art department has a limited number of cameras, tripods, books, and other related photography equipment for student use. There are also a large number of books in the library dedicated to photography.


Cell phones are prohibited during class, unless announced otherwise by the instructor. Please be sure that your phone is on silent and put away when you enter the classroom. Cell phones are prohibited in the darkroom during group use. In other words if you are in the darkroom with someone else, cell phones are not allowed. MP3 players may be used during work days, but never during demos, lectures, critiques, or discussions. You may not check Facebook or any social media during class.



Tentative Calendar

Exhibition Requirements

Artist Statements



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