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Visual Poetry: Ways of Seeing
9 Weeks | $395 | In-Class

Push your creative threshold and propel your work to new heights! This class seeks to explore the intersection between poetry and photography. Throughout history, both words and images have been instrumental in assisting our navigation through and our understanding of the world in which we live. In using poetry as a catalyst for image, we are afforded the opportunity to see with new eyes.  With the assistance of Roland Barthes and a diverse selection of photographers and poets serving as inspiration, we will strive to propel our work to new heights. Instruction includes round-table discussions, hands-on activities and individual critiques that aim to hone your skills as both an aficionado and creator of images. This non-darkroom based course is designed for beginning to advanced students with basic technical skills in photography. Students can use either film or digital cameras.

What You Will Learn:

  • Symbolic value, metaphor, allusion and allegory are among the poetic tools you will use to enhance your work. 
  • How to interpret and create photographs that resonate as poems.
  • The skills needed to develop your artistic eye, sharpen your skills in poetic narrative, aesthetic vision and symbolic value. 

Quarters Offered: Summer | In-Class
Course Fee: $395
Prerequisite: none
Materials: Required textbook: "Camera Lucinda" by Roland Barthes.
Note: Elective course for Photography: Images and Techniques professional certificate. 
Contact: For more information about this course, please email

Course Number: ART-40416
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)