Landscape Photography: A Historical Approach to Making (Online)

What can landscape photographs say about our world and how does a photographer approach making them? Rooted in the idea that the path forward has traces in the past, this course offers presentation and analysis of landscape photographs created by prominent 20th century landscape artist-photographers. These historical works will become prompts for weekly photographic assignments. Each participant’s creative work will be contextualized by the historical landscape photographs, personal and professional goals, and the critical support of classroom colleagues. 

The class will focus on viewing historical models of landscape photography and the creation of contemporary photographs influenced by those models. A presentation on critique and analysis will prepare students for group discussions. While students will be expected to know how to operate their cameras, a short session on mechanical/technical questions will be part of the first meeting. Students may also discuss technical issues with the instructor at office hours or as part of critique. Photography assignments will be completed outside of class time. / No class July 3. / Open to students ages 18 and above. View complete policies.

This online course will be synchronous, meaning students will meet together online weekly. Class meetings will be conducted via Google Meet and will include lectures, demonstrations, class discussions, critiques,and opportunities for students to ask questions and share resources.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with your camera’s capabilities and settings. Basic knowledge of manual aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. Familiarity with online storage services (such as Google Drive or Dropbox).

Required hardware: A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work.

Required supplies: A digital camera: DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangeable lens camera in any format (APS-C, Micro 4/3, Full Frame, etc) or Compact or “bridge” camera with a wide angle to telephoto zoom lens; memory card for camera; cable, wifi, bluetooth, or card reader to transfer photographs from memory card to laptop, tablet or computer.

Register Before: June 21
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met.

Class Savings
Register on or before May 10 and save $25.
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
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Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CSMA 1608 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Date End: 
Saturday, August 7, 2021
(W) 7:00–8:00 p.m. (S) 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 18 and above.
Days of Week: 
Photography and Filmmaking
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