Metropolitan State University

ARTS 309 : Photography: History of a Visual Artform

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 06 - Humanities/Fine Arts
This course presents a historical survey of photography within the context of scientific, cultural and artistic forces. From the camera obscura and daguerreotypes to Surrealism and Social Realism, this course addresses the broad and expressive nature of photographic imagery. In addition to exploring the technical history of the medium, the class is designed to promote formal articulation, genre identification and evaluation of meaning within diverse cultural contexts. Students will leave this course with a stronger sense of the ways in which photography has contributed to the global artistic landscape and our conception of reality. Activities include slide lectures, videos, visiting artist presentations and field trips to local collections and studios. No lab component.
B. Course Effective Dates: 01/11/2010 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Can articulate and use formal language of photography.
  2. Can articulate thought into developing critical awareness of photography through both written and spoken means.
  3. Can develop analysis of photography subjectively, formally and through interpretation of content.
  4. Can distinguish between different genres within photography and understands the expressive potential of the camera as an artistic medium.
  5. Can draw connections between local exhibitions viewed and historical and contemporary practices in art, as well as a larger art community/culture.
  6. Develops awareness and appreciation of photography through visiting local art museums, galleries and/or visiting artists.
  7. Understands historical timeline and movements of photography in association with scientific, cultural and artistic communities.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
Goal 06 - Humanities/Fine Arts
  1. Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.
  2. Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.
  3. Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  5. Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
G. Special Information