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A Short History of Photography
6 Weeks | $350 | Online

Examine major photographic movements and the individuals who have shaped the history of the medium in A Short History of Photography. Beginning with discussion of pre-photographic experiments and continuing toward a look at contemporary photography, you will learn the relevance of this medium's rich and complex history. Lectures will concentrate on the progression of visual culture, the role of science and photography's dubious relationship with art. A print viewing assignment will bring you face-to-face with rare examples of original prints and masterworks of photography. The goal of this course is to engage history with a tangible understanding of the medium and its relationship to the act of making images.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to define the chemical and optical requirements of the photographic process and relate the history of the development of those elements.
  • The history of major historical figures in the development of photography and link their approach or style of work.
  • How to classify and critique the various schools of photographic aesthetics.
  • The ability to effectively analyze and critique the social and cultural influences of the photographic image.

Quarters Offered: Winter, Summer | Online
Course Fee: $350
Prerequisite: None
Note: Required course for Photography: Images and Techniques professional certificate.
Contact: For more information about this course, please email the academic department at

Course Number: ART-40412
Credit: 2.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Photography: Images and Techniques

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