Photography & Digital Media

At UTSA Southwest, we have an exceptional facility for teaching traditional and non-traditional imaging. Students receive a solid technical foundation in photography, combined with opportunities to learn innovative techniques, both historical and digital.

Increasingly, digital imaging has become a powerful tool in helping artists express their creative vision and digitally produced art has opened new vistas for innovative expression for many exhibiting artists.

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Photography Classes - Spring 2023


Course Description

Make your photographs more dynamic by using simple techniques and compositional tools. Learn basic creative control of your manual 35mm film or digital SLR camera as well as focal lengths, composition arrangement, camera angles, creative camera controls, and other strategies for making successful photographs. The instructor will work with you individually to solve specific problems.

Instructor

John Hendrick

Dates

Mon, Jan 30 – Mar 27 (No class Mar 13) | 6:30 – 8:30pm

Location

Gen Ed Classroom, 2nd Floor | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$175

Tuition - Friends

$160


Course Description

This class is designed for photographers who have no previous darkroom experience or those who want to expand their knowledge of the darkroom. Learn about black & white film developing and printing, dodging and burning of prints, toning, print retouching, and print finishing. Essential elements of camera handling, metering, lens accessories, camera accessories, and composition issues will be explained and demonstrated. Intermediate-level photographers will be encouraged to achieve better mastery over their equipment, materials, and printing skills.

Instructor

  • Section A: Nancy Cavender-Garcia
  • Section B: Joshua Perez

Dates

  • Section A: Tue, Jan 24 – Mar 28 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Section B: Tue, Jan 24 – Mar 28 | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Location

Lende Photography Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$335

Tuition - Friends

$320

Digital Media Classes - Spring 2023


Course Description

Learn how to organize, manage, and edit your digital images like a pro with Adobe Lightroom® —the best all-in-one solution for photographers. You will build a foundational understanding of Lightroom’s most powerful tools and learn how Lightroom may be a better alternative to Photoshop for your image editing workflow. This class will primarily focus on Lightroom Classic (desktop-optimized) with a general overview of Lightroom CC® (browser-based). Includes some materials: please see website for a materials list.

Instructor

Amanda Dominguez

Dates

Tue, Jan 24 – Mar 14 | 7:00 – 9:00pm

Location

Digital Imaging Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$250

Tuition - Friends

$235


Course Description

Discover new avenues of creativity and expression with the digital painting and compositing tools in Adobe Photoshop. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and standard practices of digital image creation, with an emphasis on digital painting, illustration, and collage. Explore the digital image-making process from start to finish and become proficient at importing sketches and photo references, using customized Photoshop drawing and painting tools and various techniques of layering and collage. The instructor will provide both general class instruction and individual assistance with personal projects to help you bring your visions to life. Prerequisites: Some working knowledge of computers, drawing and painting is helpful but not required.

Instructor

Michelle Love

Dates

Thu, Jan 26 – Mar 30 | 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location

Digital Imaging Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$285

Tuition - Friends

$270


Course Description

Explore the creative possibilities available using Adobe Creative Suite® for artistic purposes. Hands-on training with basic drawing/painting, word processing, electronic imaging, vector-based graphics, and desktop publishing application will be covered. Assigned projects will explore how to apply art, design, and computer knowledge in solving visual and conceptual problems. Adobe Creative Suite® includes Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. See website for a materials list.

Prerequisite: A working knowledge of computers is essential. Students are recommended to have their own Adobe subscription for working on- and off-campus.

Instructor

Todd Fichter

Dates

Wed, Jan 25 — Mar 15 | 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location

Digital Imaging Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$270

Tuition - Friends

$255


Course Description

Animated digital graphic effects entertain us more than ever before with multiple outlets on television, the internet, and other digital services. Instruction will focus on the basics of how to use Adobe After Effects® software, as well as some Photoshop for pre-production. Character animation, transitions, masking, 3-D space, and other effects will be covered. Artists and cartoonists will be able to bring their illustrations to animated life!

Prerequisite: Cartooning, Comics, Caricature, and Anime; Graphic Novel Design; or similar experience recommended; working knowledge of computers is essential. Students are recommended to have their own Adobe subscription if wanting to work off-campus; see materials list. Open to ages 15 and older.

Instructor

Mike Fisher

Dates

Thu, Jan 26 – Mar 30 | 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location

Digital Imaging Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$260

Tuition - Friends

$245

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