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Creative Exploration course at Sessions College

Creative Exploration

3 credits

PHO 333: Creative Exploration

Get messy as you explore new photography techniques

Explore, experiment, and expand your ability to manipulate, fabricate, and conceptualize images through the use of technology, alternative photographic processes, innovative photo setups, mixed media, collage, digital compositing and/or other approaches to creating unique and compelling images.

Expand your comfort zone

Course At A Glance

Course Features

  • 100% online
  • Project-based
  • Instructor-led
  • Credit-bearing: 3 Credits
  • Classes start January, April, and August

Instructor(s)

The course is taught by the following instructor(s):

Course developed by: Felicia Kieselhorst

Take this course as a standalone or as part of the following program(s):

Course Projects

    1. Conceptual Experimentation.

      We'll explore how conceptual approaches can create images that tell a story, deliver a message, or evoke a mood or feeling.

    2. Unusual Materials, Equipment, and Techniques.

      We will discuss how utilizing unconventional gear and techniques can spark a creative solution.

    3. Digital Approaches to Creativity.

      We will examine how to push the boundaries in post-production, using photography, Photoshop, and other methods, to achieve a creative vision.

    4. Collaborative Project.

      We'll explore the creative synergies of working as a team as we prepare for our final, group project.

Sample Student Work

For sample work, visit student gallery

Course Outcomes

What Are The Course Projects?

Creative course projects include conceptual photography, material/supplies/technique experimentation, post-production, and collaborative work.

What Software or Supplies Do I Need?

  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • Digital camera required, adjustable ISO and adjustable white balance features recommended.
  • Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom Classic, or equivalent program.
  • Basic experience in the software package needed for this course.
  • Art supplies as needed, depending on selection of projects.

What Will I Learn?

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Explore and research a variety of creative image-making and photo related techniques such as employing technology, digital compositing, alternative photographic processes, innovative photo setups, mixed media, collage, and/or other approaches to creating unique and compelling images.
  • Research and examine the work of recognized photographers/artists who employ mixed media strategies to produce their professional and artistic work.
  • Experiment with and expand your ability to manipulate, fabricate, and conceptualize images through innovative uses of technology, alternative photographic processes, innovative photo setups, mixed media, collage, digital compositing and/or other approaches to creating unique and compelling images.
  • Examine, gather, analyze, synthesize, and professionally present research and creative work in alignment with the course content, assignment criteria, and presentation guidelines.
  • Actively participate in class discussions/meetings, constructively assess the work of your peers, and enhance your creative work based upon feedback.
  • Effectively generate, clearly convey, and support ideas by employing critical thinking, communication, and writing skills while considering divergent perspectives, cultural framing, historical context, research, and ethical concerns when providing critiques of peers’ work and participating in presentation sessions.
  • When applicable, demonstrate effective and efficient use of your camera and create photographs with careful consideration of lighting, color, exposure, composition, art/design principles, and point of view in alignment with the course content and assignment criteria.
  • If in alignment with your concept(s), plan, stage, and execute photo shoots by adapting for a variety of settings and lighting situations (studio and on-location). Reshoot when necessary or recommended.
  • Where applicable, apply and demonstrate technically proficient retouching, careful consideration of contrast, cropping, exposure, and color correction techniques to improve or enhance photographic images to a professional level utilizing appropriate software such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

Getting Started

Course Registration

  • Classes start January, April, and August
  • 3 Credit Course
  • Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques

Course Tuition and Fees 
Tuition$510/credit
Registration Fee* $200
Total Course Price $1730

Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.

Click Register Now to enter your information and desired start date. An Admissions Advisor will contact you to arrange payment and provide you with an Enrollment Agreement.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

What Are The Courses Like?

Our courses are project-based. In each course you’ll enjoy a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills, earning college credit for your completed course.

How Much Time Do I Need?

Classes start January, April, and August, and this course can be completed in a 15-week term. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of degree and certificate level programs at Sessions College.

Who Are The Instructors?

Our courses are developed and taught by our faculty of professional artists, designers, and photographers. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work.

Is Sessions College accredited?

Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).