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Course Description

RISD Advanced Program for High School Students: Documentary Photography: Series Development

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Documentary photography can be defined as the art of capturing historical, cultural, social, or politically significant events and experiences. Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans used their cameras to document the Great Depression, Lewis Hine changed child labor laws with his powerful factory portraits, and LaToya Ruby Frazier showed us the effects of the Flint, Michigan water crisis through the eyes of one family. Through a historical, conceptual and technical framework, this course will equip students to think critically and create a strong documentary photography series reflective of a current issue. Students learn the fundamentals of DSLR and smartphone camera techniques, composition, lighting methods, digital image editing and sequence.

The course covers essential skills using a variety of media, including capturing and editing photographs digitally, collage building in Photoshop, experimenting with text and image, and project sequence and layout. Sensitivity to issues of appropriation, accessibility, safety, consent and when to turn the lens inward or outward are inherent throughout the course. Through research and exploration of concept and processes, emphasis is placed on developing a project with an authentic voice, utilizing visual language to express ideas in progress sketches, and preparing a written statement to accompany a carefully sequenced final body of work.

Notes

In this intensive course and Visual + Critical Language, students should expect to spend a combined minimum of 20 hours per week engaging in coursework across both courses. Students should plan their schedule accordingly to keep up with class.

In conjunction with your Featured Topics course(s), you are also required to enroll in Visual + Critical Language. When you register for this Featured Topics course, you will also be charged for the tuition of Visual + Critical Language. You will see this enrollment reflected in your Student Portal before the start date of the course. Visual + Critical Language will meet live two times: during the first and final live sessions of your Featured Topics course.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Type
Online, Asynchronous
Dates
Jul 19, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Type
Online, Live Sessions
Days
M, W
Time
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Dates
Jul 19, 2021 to Aug 11, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
60.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $2,600.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 09, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 12, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jul 19, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Required Software/Technology
This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud, or some of its creative tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Monthly subscriptions can be purchased from a variety of pricing plans directly from Adobe. This course requires access to a laptop or desktop computer, as well as a digital camera or smartphone.
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • A digital camera (DSLR, Point+Shoot, or Mirrorless) and/or a smartphone with a camera 
  • A thumb drive for storing files: Sandisk 128GB Thumb Drive (minimum size)
    • *recommended if using a digital camera and laptop/desktop, not necessary for phone capture 
  • Sketchbook and Drawing Supplies
    • *Choose whether you want to use an actual sketchbook and take quick phone photos of the pages to upload for review, or make digital/notes and drawings on your tablet/phone/laptop and upload digital files, whatever works for you and the materials you have available.
Type
Online, Asynchronous
Dates
Jul 19, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Type
Online, Live Sessions
Days
M, W
Time
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Dates
Jul 19, 2021 to Aug 11, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
60.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $2,600.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 09, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 12, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jul 19, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Required Software/Technology
This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud, or some of its creative tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Monthly subscriptions can be purchased from a variety of pricing plans directly from Adobe. This course requires access to a laptop or desktop computer, as well as a digital camera or smartphone.
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • A digital camera (DSLR, Point+Shoot, or Mirrorless) and/or a smartphone with a camera 
  • A thumb drive for storing files: Sandisk 128GB Thumb Drive (minimum size)
    • *recommended if using a digital camera and laptop/desktop, not necessary for phone capture 
  • Sketchbook and Drawing Supplies
    • *Choose whether you want to use an actual sketchbook and take quick phone photos of the pages to upload for review, or make digital/notes and drawings on your tablet/phone/laptop and upload digital files, whatever works for you and the materials you have available.
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