Photography

Full-Time (2 years)

Campus: Santo Domingo

Curriculum

FIRST YEAR

First Semester Credits
Integrated Seminar I 3
Integrated Studio I 2
Drawing I 3
Image Concept I 2
Digital Image I 2
Space and Materials I 2
Art Seminar I 2
Total 16

Second Semester Credits
Integrated Seminar II 3
Integrated Studio II 2
Drawing II 3
Image Concept II 2
Digital Image II 2
Time 2
Art Seminar II 2
Total 16

Third SemesterCredits
Photography Fundamentals3
Digital Techniques2
Web Design2
History of Photography and Images2
Total9

Second Year

Fourth Semester Credits
Photography Seminar I 3
Photographic Workshop I 3
Photographic Topics I 3
Communication Seminar I 3
Typography Seminar I 2
Elective 4
Total 18
Fifth Semester Credits
Photography Seminar II 3
Photographic Workshop II 3
Photographic Topics II 3
Communication Seminar II 3
Portfolio 2
Elective 4
Total 18

Course Descriptions

Integrated Seminar/Studio
Students explore a range of visual and analytic skills while working on collaborative and multidisciplinary projects. How do we make sense of our ideas, the information we gather, our hunches and theories? And what can this investigation tell us about why we make certain decisions as creative thinkers? Students work independently and in teams to explore the construction of prototypes, and to understand the creative process. Classes incorporate knowledge gained in other first-year courses, and several times during the semester two classes will share concepts and assignments on various projects.

Drawing – Image
How are meaning and communication constructed through visual images? Students use traditional drawing and methods of digital-image projection to explore the conceptual, esthetic, and formal qualities that inform the way ideas and impressions are expressed in two dimensions. Students explore visual organization, figurative and abstract forms, and engagement integration of a variety of mediums of communication. The tools and methods students can acquire in this course provide an introductory platform that they can utilize in the higher-level courses in their chosen discipline. Sections of this class may explore the following topics in relation to the construction of identity, form, function, and meaning: language, objects, places, and people.

Art Seminar
This course presents students with some major moments in world history and the study of objects considered expressions of a particular place or time. Interrelationships will be constructed between societies and types of objects over time. The course structure is approximately chronological, beginning in prehistory and continuing until the dawn of industrialization. The focus will be on objects, works, and ordinary instruments of everyday life, as well as on extraordinary monuments of artistic skill and design. This exploration will deal with how and why the objects were made, by and for whom, how they were used, what they meant for the people who used them, and what social structures are embodied in them. The course serves as an introduction to artistic styles and visual analysis. Classes are developed through discussion, assignments, research, and projects.

Space And Materials
Students explore concepts such as malleability, weight, texture, color, durability, smell, sound, taste, life cycle, and ecological impact through a wide variety of projects that reveal the close relationship between materials and users. Other topics concern the formation of spaces, environmental psychology, and an exploration of the object to discover the meaning of its form, materials, and uses. Discussion, critique, and written answers create a community in the class and the idea of sharing, while helping students to understand their work in historical and cultural contexts.

Time
This course is an introduction to the cultural constructions and perceptions of time and their relationship. Learning to work with time involves more than simply editing video and sound in linear sequence. It implies consideration of time as a design idea that can function as a tool. How can this tool affect the way objects work, how environments are perceived, or how experiences are shared? Studio projects, readings, writing, and examples of the work of many artists are used to examine the evolution of such ideas as framework, duration, and speed, so as to shape our understanding of time. A variety of methods and mediums of communication—digital video, drawing and performance—are used to explore and represent different concepts of time in the fields of art, design, science, and industry.

Web Design
Starting with an introduction to UI/UX design and front-end development, students put into practice basic concepts using HTML and CSS. This course teaches students how to construct the visual and interactive components of a web page and introduces the principles of programing using jQuery, a JavaScript library. The class covers the use of new open-source tools such as Twitter and Bootstrap as well as CSS preprocessors for the rapid development of web applications. Students will have the opportunity to create the structural base of a website using these new tools, and to construct their own designs and ideas, creating for mobile and desktop platforms.

Communication Seminar
This seminar offers an appreciation of the visual tools and communication principles that apply to exploration and a personal methodology, through encouraging research, interpretation, and the development of concepts. Effective visual communication imbues the viewer with motives through clever concepts. General design techniques are then employed in assignments with specific requirements whose main objective is the development of projects that are believable and innovative, two of the qualities that enable a photographer to achieve effective visual communication.

Typography Seminar
Typography is language made visible, and as a first step these courses introduce students in this area to by means of history, technique, and, of course, practice. They can learn to see, understand, and manipulate the visual aspect of language as one of the most powerful tools of communication. Through technique and practice they can come to understand the properties of the different types of letters, their context, and how typography helps in communication processes, as well as to understand and navigate through the typographic medium. Classes are based on knowledge of the typographic form, systems, terminology, the history of type and printing, principles of spacing, use of typographic contrast, composition, legibility, and hierarchy as a tool of expression and communication.

Photography Seminar
This course introduces students to methods of observation and different modes of photography. It familiarizes students with the analog field and other methods that can help them develop their technical and analytical skills. Students are encouraged to take creative risks to meet conceptual and esthetic challenges, exploring the possibilities of the medium and refining their art. The historical and contemporary function of images will familiarize students with how to produce and visualize their work in a broader context. Projects are based on research and critical dialog related to creative and cultural practices in the field of the image. Weekly photography assignments, discussions, exercises, conferences, fieldwork, and critique aid their understanding of professional photography.

Photography Workshop
This course introduces students to the fundamental techniques of photography and related mediums, focusing principally on digital processes. The range of techniques in the course is a reflection of practices throughout the contemporary field. Through demonstrations, readings, and assignments, students will have the opportunity to learn contemporary methods of photographic production. This technical and practical course supports the development of creative work methods that offer students a deep knowledge of digital capture and editing and an in-depth look at developing using relevant software and equipment. The course will have a teacher as a guide and guests who are professionals in the different photographic specialties.

Electives
The selected courses have as their aim to complement and consolidate the focuses of the area of fine arts and at the same time to offer new theoretical and practical tools that students may find useful in their professional development.

Career Opportunities

Advertising Photography
Architecture Photography
Arts Production & Administration
Commercial Photography
Documentary Photography
Editorial Photography

Education
Freelance Photography
Gallery & Studio Management
Fashion Photography
Nature Photography

Portrait Photography
Photo Editing
Photojournalism
Publishing
Visual Art

Student Work

Admissions

Admission to CHAVÓN requires high school graduation with a satisfactory grade-point average, the presentation of a portfolio,*  and an interview. For detailed information about admissions procedures, click here.

*Applicants to the program in Fashion Marketing and Communications are not required to present a portfolio but must complete the CHAVÓN Challenge.

Information for International Students

International students are a welcomed to the CHAVÓN community and significantly add to its rich, artistically and intellectually diverse dialogue and culture. If you live outside the Dominican Republic, we encourage you to apply or to contact us, as we will always be available to assist you in the application process and to answer questions regarding such things as dormitories or other living accommodations, travel arrangements, visas, or any other questions you may have.