BA in Art: Photography and Printmaking Emphasis

The Bachelor of Art: Photography and Printmaking emphasis emphasizes photographic and printing practices within a contemporary art context. Linking art historical and contemporary art practices, the program prepares students technically, aesthetically and professionally for a future in the visual arts. Students learn a wide range of skills utilizing the latest digital photographic practices in addition to traditional printmaking and darkroom techniques. The department has a dedicated print studio (screenprinting, intaglio and lithography), darkroom facilities and digital laboratories. photo of darkroom

Faculty:

Julia Bradshaw (Photography)

Matthew Hopson-Walker (Printmaking)

Joan Sharma (Design and Photography)

Screenprinting at Fresno State image created by Alyssa Mendoza

Photography and Printmaking Courses:

ART 24. Printmaking (3)
Introduction to the printmaking processes of intaglio, lithography, and woodblock printing. (6 lecture-lab hours) FS

ART 26. Intaglio Processes (3)
Studio class offering in printing in the intaglio process using such techniques as etching, drypoint, aquatint, and soft-ground on metal plates. Printing in black ink as well as color will be covered. (6 lecture-lab hours)

ART 27. Screenprinting (3)
Investigation into techniques of printing with a screen. Paper, film, tusche, and glue techniques for creating printing stencils will be covered. (6 lecture-lab hours) F

ART 30. Introduction to Photography
Introductory course in photography. Basic theoretical and practical aspects of the photographic process as an art form. Introduction to historical and contemporary photographic practices in art. Digital camera with adjustable aperture and shutter speed controls required. (6 lecture-lab hours) Recommended: Digital SLR. 

ART 125. Lithography (3; max total 9)
Prerequisite: ART 24. Studio class designed for advanced work in stone and metal plate printing in both black as well as color inks. Emphasis placed on imagery development. (6 lecture-lab hours)

ART 126. Intaglio Processes (3; max total 9)
Prerequisite: ART 24 or 26. Studio class designed to offer advanced work in intaglio printing processes such as etching, drypoint, and aquatint in black ink as well as color. Multiple plate printing will also be covered. Emphasis placed on imagery development. (6 lecture-lab hours)

ART 127. Screenprinting (3; max total 9)
Prerequisite: ART 27. Investigation into techniques of screenprinting. Paper, film, tusche, glue, and photo techniques for creating printing stencils will be covered. Emphasis placed on imagery development. (6 lecture-lab hours)

ART 130. Intermediate Black and White Photography (3; max total 9)
Prerequisite: ART 30 or equivalent and permission of the instructor. Emphasis on black and white photography in the darkroom. Increased exploration into the medium for individual expression and discovery. Further studies in photographic history, theory, and contemporary issues. (6 lecture-lab hours)

ART 133. Alternative Imagery in Photography (3; max total 9)
Prerequisite: ART 30 and 37 or equivalent. Approaches to non-traditional photography and the manipulated image in digital photography with an emphasis on producing personal imagery. Introduction to contemporary issues in digital photography. (6 lecture-lab hours)

ART 183. Extended Projects in Photography (3; max total 12)
Prerequisite: ART 30 or equivalent and permission of instructor. Individual formulation of exploratory multi-image essays on a specific theme. Emphasizes individual conceptual goals and acquiring communicative skills appropriate to medium. Further photographic theory and its practical application to individual creative objectives. (6 lecture-lab hours)

ART 185. Color Photography (3; max total 9)
Prerequisite: ART 30 or equivalent. Introduction to contemporary color photography. Emphasis is on both technical and aesthetic expression of digital color photography, from initial image capture to finished print, along with color symbolism and composition. (6 lecture-lab hours).

Photography Critique session