The University of Vermont

Living/Learning Center Programs



Art of Photography



The Art of Photography program is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of both the technical and artistic aspects of photography. Through a series of weekly program classes, independent and group assignments, as well as a series of guest lectures and special workshops, students will: become proficient in the use of 35mm cameras; develop competency in darkroom techniques; develop advanced skills in black-and-white printing; gain an understanding of the history of photography and develop an understanding of new directions in photography that are made possible by improvements in technology. During the spring semester, program members will apply the skills that they have learned in the form of a program group exhibit in the Living/Learning Center Gallery.


Enrollment in this program is limited to 14 students who are serious about actively participating in program activities. A mandatory weekly non-credit class, utilizing the text Black and White Photography by Henry Horenstein, will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Independent work outside of class sessions will be required to complete assignments. The program is open to students with varying skill levels; advanced students will be expected to mentor novice students.


Members will utilize the facilities of the Living/Learning Center Photo Co-op. An $85 per semester Photo Co-op membership fee is required. Each member will be provided with a limited amount of supplies (film and paper) to use for program-related assignments, but members should expect to purchase additional supplies for personal use. Students must own a 35mm camera.





Students will learn the techniques of taking good photographs, including:


        Proper identification of camera parts and their function.

        Observation, measuring and metering of light.

        The importance of strong composition.


Students will learn the techniques of printing a good photograph, including:


        How to develop black and white film.

        How to make a contact print.

        How to enlarge a negative to print. Several exercises and assignments will be incorporated to bring the student from novice to intermediate level printing.


Students will learn to understand the elements of a compilation or exhibition by producing a complete photo project.


        The elements of continuity and style in photography will be explored.

        Students will edit their photographs for exhibition.

        Proper techniques for matting and framing photographs will be taught.

        Students will exhibit work in showcases and in the Living/Learning Gallery.


Students will develop an understanding of the history of photography and the implications for its future.


        We will discover and use the university=s museums and libraries along with slide shows to uncover the history of photography.

        Guest lecturers may be invited from the community to present special areas of historical or technical interest.




Required Course Information


Fall Semester:



Weekly 1-1/2 hour non-credit class.

Wednesdays, 6:00 7:30 p.m.


Spring Semester:



Weekly 1-1/2 hour non-credit class.

Wednesdays, 6:00 7:30 p.m.