ARPH 210: Introduction to Photography: Portfolio of Perugia*

Instructor: Philippa Stannard - M.F.A.
Credits: 3
Course/Lab Fee: 65 euro
Prerequisite: None- No special camera equipment needed, point-and-shoot cameras and iPhones are welcome
Cross-Listing: Studio Art

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of photography. No previous photographic experience is required. The focus will be to capture and record your experience in Italy through weekly photo walks around Perugia, an ancient Umbrian hilltop town, using your camera and to create a portfolio of these images. We will explore the cultural phenomenon of photography and the role it plays in society in order to think critically and learn how to create images that tell the viewer a story. Students will also explore basic concepts, processes and techniques, including camera usage, exposure controls, manipulating and printing digital photographic images, and print presentation. At the end of the semester, student photographs will be displayed at the Umbra Art Show.


Course Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of photographic language
  • Acquire a more critical eye in evaluating and reading the photographic image
  • Gain insight into the place, use, creation and presentation of photographic images in the media and society

Course Materials

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Digital Camera: point and shoot, iPhone, and single lens reflex cameras welcome


Service Learning Project Description

Students will discover Perugia through the lens of their cameras. Through weekly photo walks, class readings, and discussions, each student will create a photo essay documenting daily life in Perugia. The photo essays will be presented to Museo della Penna, Perugia’s contemporary art museum, who are archiving memories of temporary citizens in Perugia. Selected photos and excerpts will then be displayed at the museum’s second edition of the “Perugia in Cammino” exhibit.


Check out the Umbra Photography class’s Facebook page Umbra Eye Perugia to see what they have been working on!