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ATLS 3519-060/061: Advanced Image

Course Description

Advanced Image will expand upon the artistic practice and technical skills learned in the focus elective, Image. This will be accomplished via thoughtful engagement, critical discussion, and, most importantly, playful experimentation with both emergent and established imaging technologies as well as historic and contemporary artistic practices.

We’ll explore the art of image making via projects, readings, and in-class discussions, with a focus on how photography, videography, drones, wearable cameras, image appropriation, glitching, scanner art, green screening, and VR/AR can be used in various professional contexts and applications including artistic, commercial, and editorial endeavors. As such, students will not only gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the expressive power of imagery, but through various method of experimentation they will make work which comments on, engages with, and expands notions of what imagery can be.

Course Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

Critical Thinking & Theory / History:
  • Analyze and interpret historical examples of imagery and critiques by those who were engaged with new technologies and social change during previous periods.
  • Enhance understanding of established and experimental image-making practices, artists, and applications.
  • Analyze and interpret art theory as it relates to imagery’s mutual influence upon society.
  • Develop innovate methods to articulate artistic, editorial, and commercial expression across a variety of image-making methods; formulation of original ideas.
  • Engage in participatory and individual image-making challenges of both short and long-term nature; planning and innovation.
  • Investigate and apply non-traditional image-making techniques for expressive purposes (i.e. new contexts and applications), challenging societal and personal assumptions of image-making practice.
  • Enhance the ability to convey ideas and views through expressive media.
  • Build upon documentation skills including photography, blogging, and portfolios.
  • Enhance knowledge of studio and location lighting techniques.
  • Students will become fluent with professional digital technologies through hands-on technical experience working with photographic & lighting equipment, Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro.
  • Gain an advanced set of imaging-making skills using non-traditional methods while leveraging a growing understanding of how to create conceptual photographic and video imagery.
  • Utilize emerging and non-traditional image-making technologies to allow for new methods of expression via experimentation

Credit Hours

  • 3 hours


  • Image, ATLS 2100
  • Previous art/workshop course experience is strongly recommended as this course is structured in the style of both seminar and studio. The ideal student will have already embraced still and motion photography as a clear and present trajectory to realizing their professional and academic careers; they will have their own camera(s), experience with Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro as well as a growing portfolio of work.