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2011-2012 Undergraduate Calendar
HOME COURSES Photography (MPS)

Photography (MPS)
MPS 16A/B Photography Production
This course introduces students in Photography Studies to the fundamentals of photographic and lens-based imaging. It includes an overview of view camera, hand camera and electronic photographic practices, image processing and print production, and exploration of meaning through images in relationship. Short, topic-orientated production assignments lead to work on more extended photographic forms during the second term, with an emphasis on understanding these forms in relation to other media.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Corequisite: MPS 17A/B
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1/1
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MPS 17A/B Tools and Applications
This lecture/laboratory course introduces students to the tools, applications and creative methods used in the making and interpreting of the photographic image as it may be mediated through electronic imaging and digital applications. The emphasis is on cross-disciplinary instruction in an inter-media working environment. Students will initially explore methods of photographic imaging relative to other media forms; this exploration will be continued in the context of understanding digital imaging through capture, image manipulation, and output for varied forms of expression and exhibition.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Corequisite: MPS 16A/B
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1/1
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MPS 21A/B History of Photography
A study of photographic imagery from early experiments with silver halides up to the present. The course provides an historical overview of the medium's development. Special consideration will be given to understanding photography's development within the context of the traditional picture-making systems, to its evolution as a medium in its own right. Photographic theory will be introduced to provide a critical context for both current and historical ideas concerning photography.
Lect: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: MPC 13A/B
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1/1
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MPS 26A/B Theories of Representation
This course will introduce critical theory, focusing on selected 20th century thinkers who have made important contributions to modern through post-modern understandings of culture. The Photography Studies course will examine theories of photographic image-making from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Interpretation and analysis of photographic imagery and language will be carried out in relation to a range of critical, cultural, aesthetic, social and technological contexts and issues.
Lect: 3 hrs.
Prerequisite: MPC 201
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1/1
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MPS 27A/B Photographic Technology
This course is an in-depth exploration of photographic imaging technology and digital production techniques. Subjects covered include image retouching, image processing and making effective use of software tools. Special attention is paid to the problems and considerations of shooting for and producing image assemblies, publications and multimedia productions. Some issues of accurate information transfer are explored.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Corequisite: MPS 28A/B, Prerequisite: MPS 17A/B
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1/1
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MPS 28A/B Photography Production and Critique
This course continues the practical skill and concept development begun in first year but at a more advanced level. Students are encouraged to develop self-reliance, risk-taking and initiative through the production of directed and self-directed projects. Both traditional and experimental image-making techniques are explored and students are exposed to a broader range of photographic equipment, materials and processes. The course includes lecture, studio, laboratory and critique sessions.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Corequisite: MPS 27A/B, Prerequisite: MPS 16A/B
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1/1
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MPS 33A/B Technology
This course will synthesize and develop the digital technology issues and imaging methods studied in the first and second years. Current topical processes for image-making will receive special attention, with emphasis being placed on image creation and output in a digital environment. Topics such as digital capture, calibration, workflow, colour management and the survey and evaluation of output to various digital media will be addressed. Students will undertake extended projects of personal interest related to these imaging methods.
Lect: 2 hrs./Lab: 1 hr.
Corequisite: MPS 32A/B, Prerequisite: MPS 25A/B
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1/1
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MPS 34A/B Concepts and Theory
This course will provide support for Photography Production through presentation of critical ideas and image-making concepts in a contemporary context. Students will be exposed to a wide range of current photographic and photo-based work and related critical ideas; these will be introduced to enhance and develop the range and scope of third year production projects as well as to expand the critical focus of the upper years of the program.
Lect: 3 hrs.
Corequisites: MPS 35A/B and MPS 36A/B, Prerequisites: MPS 27A/B and MPS 28A/B
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1/1
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MPS 35A/B Photography Production
This photographic course is concerned with an in-depth refinement of the skill and concept development explored in the second year. Emphasis will be on assigned and self-directed extended projects examining critical and aesthetic issues based on both commercial art and fine art photographic practice. Theoretical, technological and practical principles of photographic production will be addressed in lecture and critique sessions.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Corequisites: MPS 34A/B and MPS 36A/B, Prerequisites: MPS 27A/B and MPS 28A/B
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1/1
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MPS 36A/B Digital Applications
This course will synthesize the technology issues and methods studied in the first and second years. Current topical processes for image-making will receive special attention and students will undertake extended projects in areas of personal interest. Digital applications will be studied in the context of a theoretical and critical investigation of their origins and uses.
Lab: 3 hrs.
Corequisites: MPS 34A/B and MPS 35A/B, Prerequisites: MPS 27A/B and MPS 28A/B
Course Weight: 2.00
Billing Units: 1/1
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MPS 42A/B Senior Project
The fourth year photographic course will focus on an extended self-directed senior project that will synthesize the theories and practices learned in previous years. The student will work in regular consultation with an advisor through the research and development stage to the making of his/her final conceptual and visual production of images. The critique and public display of the senior project is an integral and mandatory part of the process.
Lab: 6 hrs.
Prerequisite: MPS 34A/B or MPS 35A/B or MPS 36A/B
Course Weight: 3.00
Billing Units: 2/2
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