University of New Mexico
Department of Art and History

Undergraduate Courses

187 Introduction to Photography

This course introduces students to the fundamental techniques of photography. Weekly assignments, lectures, demonstrations, and in-class critiques will give students the tools for creative exploration and expression in the medium of photography. The course will cover the basic functions of digital cameras, Adobe Lightroom, and inkjet printing.

No Prerequisites. Students must provide their own digital camera and an external USB hard drive.

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188 Visualizing Ideas

Students will use the basic skills they acquired in 187 to approach photography as an art form from a critical and conceptual perspective. Regularly scheduled assignments, lectures, demonstrations, and in-class critiques will give students the tools for creative exploration and expression. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom will be the primary software programs learned and used in this course.

Prerequisites: ARTS 187. (After you have completed ARTS 187 and ARTS 188, you may enroll in any of the courses in the photography area that do not require instructor permission.)

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287 Black & White Photography

This course introduces students to the fundamental techniques of black and white photography. Through weekly assignments, demonstrations, and in-class critiques, students will learn how to expose, develop, and print from their own negatives. The focus of the course will be on the technical skills necessary to produce a fine art print in conjunction with an intended or conceptual idea. Students must provide their own 35 mm film camera.

No Prerequisites, although it is helpful to have familiarity with camera basics prior to enrolling.

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289 Digital Imaging Techniques

This course is an investigation into the artistic possibilities of digital technologies as they relate to photography. Students will obtain a thorough understanding of relevant tools, particularly Adobe Photoshop, and will become familiar with how contemporary photographic practice uses digital tools.

Prerequisites: 187, 188.

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387 Intermediate Photography

This course will offer an opportunity to work seriously on two projects of your own throughout the semester. You will be encouraged to investigate and understand your own process of art-making by controlling visual form, addressing content, and beginning to contextualize your work within current (or historical) aesthetic, cultural and/or political movements in art. Students will spend most class time in critiques, with some lab and lectures.

This class may be taken three times for credit. This course will always be taught by a full-time faculty member.

Prerequisites: 187, 188 and one course in History of Photography. History of Photography may be taken concurrently with 387.

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389 Studio Lighting

This course will teach students to work with continuous light and strobe. The view camera will be introduced as a tool. Students will work towards a complete understanding of the effects on all photographs of the qualities of light, both natural and artificial.

Prerequisites: 187, 188, 289, or permission of instructor.

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429 Topics

These classes change every semester. Enrollment is by instructor permission only.

Prerequisites: permission of instructor.


487 Advanced Interdisciplinary Portfolio

In this course, students are encouraged to work in any mediums they choose to produce a body of work. This course offers intensive critique for highly motivated students. Students participate in planning and hanging a group exhibition. Students also prepare professional materials, including a resume, statement about their work, and portfolio.

This class may be taken three times for credit. This course will always be taught by a full-time faculty member.

Prerequisites: 187, 188, 2 sections of 387, and two courses in History of Photography. One course in History of Photography may be taken concurrently with 487. Enrollment by instructor permission only.

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495 Independent Study

Advanced BFA students are allowed up to six credits of Independent Study toward their degree.  Students must complete two sections of ARTS 387 before they are allowed to enroll in Independent Study. If that requirement has been met, the student may approach a full-time faculty member to ask if the faculty will be available to conduct one. The student is required to submit a proposal for study to the faculty member during the first week of classes and set up regular meetings throughout the semester.

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