Photography and New Media

The New Media and Photography Program encourages image-making strategies for visual and multimedia storytelling using lens-based production techniques to create still and moving images. Time-based explorations encourage students to push the boundaries of the medium through visual and critical practices. Emphasis is placed on analog film and digital photography, immersive and interactive multimedia installations, video and sound, performance, animation and computer generated artworks.Facilities include analog darkroom, Mac lab with large-format digital printers, and media production studio.

 

Photography and New Media Courses engage the student in a critical dialogue on art, photography, and the impact of contemporary new media practices on visual culture. Students of Photography immerse themselves in the practice of lens-based image making, using black-and-white film and digital photography. Course content emphasizes photography's potential for self­-expression and creative problem solving in an artistic context. Students gain a working knowledge and understanding of the language, technique, conceptual and aesthetic development, and photographic processes while advancing concepts of design, content, and expression as related with issues of photographic theory and criticism. 

Advanced Photography Students develop an understanding of photography as a visual and cultural practice through immersion, production, and innovation of the lens-based image as a means for creative expression and conceptual visual statement. Students create prompt-based and self-proposed projects using mixed-media, combining digital capture and output with analogue medium/large format film, and alternative processes using digital and chemical darkroom. 

Meta Culture

New Media Coursework encourages artistic expression through the study and practice of creative time-based and interactive artworks including multi-media video installation, media performance, and computer art such as animation and user-response systems. Using the creative potential of digital technology, photo/video (lens-based) practices, audio/sound creation, design techniques, and large-format printing, students gain the ability to engage in a critical dialogue on art and new media while expanding awareness of new media’s history, contemporary practice, and role in visual culture. 

 

The Department of Art at MSUB is excited to announce progress toward developing a newBA in Art Tract, Interdisciplinary Photo Media Design, where students will discover the creative potential of Media Arts for creating innovative multi-media projects and interactives while exploring visual processes and technologies for aesthetic expression.

With emphasis on humanizing virtual and technological connections through dynamic visual art production, current curricular developments emphasize a blending of 2D/photo-media production practices with 3D/sculptural interactives. Interdisciplinary emphasis will enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills with emphasis on visual communication, psychological conditions, and social influences.   

Students interested in Photography, New Media, and Enhanced Media Arts Production and Design are encouraged to contact the Department of Art or Keeara Rhoades, Assistant Professor of Art, keeara.rhoades@msubillings.edu