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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Classes not listed here will either have required materials in the class description, discuss needed materials during the first class, or the materials will be supplied.

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Photography Classes - Fall 2022


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, Oct 3 – Nov 21 | 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: Wed, Sep 14 – Nov 16 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Section B: Wed, Sep 14 – Nov 16 | 6:00 – 9:00pm

Location

Lende Photography Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$335

Tuition - Friends

$320


Course Description

Learn the process for creating cyanotypes on fabric. Cyanotypes is a fun photographic printmaking process that uses the sun to develop images resulting in a vibrant deep cyan-blue finished print. The technique dates from the late 1800s and was first used to create blueprints for architecture, then used artistically by Anna Atkins to create the first photograms. Create your own printing plates using digital photo negatives, cut paper, found botanicals, crayon, and ink. Students will work in the darkroom, the studios, and outside to create dynamic prints. On the second day, students will work collaboratively to create and print a large cyanotype mural. Includes some materials: please see website for a materials list.

Instructor

Sarah Fox

Dates

Sat & Sun, Nov 5 & 6 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location

Lende Photography Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

2

Tuition - Regular

$185

Tuition - Friends

$170

Digital Media Classes - Fall 2022


Course Description

Find yourself taking more and more pictures with your phone on a daily basis? Learn from a photographer whose practice includes photographing regularly with an iPhone. This short workshop can help improve the digital photos the phone captures. Students will learn the various camera functions of their iPhone and will practice shooting during in-class exercises.

Instructor

Victor Pagona

Dates

Sat, Oct 15 | 9:30am – 12:30pm

Location

Digital Imaging Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

1

Tuition - Regular

$75

Tuition - Friends

$60


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

Thu, Sep 22 – Nov 17 (No class Nov 3) | 7:00 – 9:00pm

Location

Digital Imaging Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$250

Tuition - Friends

$235


Course Description

Through structured hands-on instructor-led training, students will expand their skills in pixel-based photography and turn up the quality of photographs through digital enhancement. Students will learn the fundamentals of Adobe Photoshop®, starting with the software interface, and moving on to the foundational tools used in most projects. Students are recommended to have their own Adobe Photoshop CC software subscription: see website for a materials list.

Instructor

Michelle Love

Dates

Wed, Sep 28 – Dec 7 (No class Nov 23) | 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location

Digital Imaging Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

10

Tuition - Regular

$290

Tuition - Friends

$275


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

Tue, Oct 4 – Nov 22 | 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location

Digital Imaging Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$275

Tuition - Friends

$260


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

Mon, Oct 3 – Nov 21 | 6:30 – 9:00pm

Location

Digital Imaging Studio | Santikos Building

Sessions

8

Tuition - Regular

$255

Tuition - Friends

$240

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