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Stories We Tell Course Pairing

Basic Digital Photography (PT 270)

In this course, we will explore how we read and tell photographic stories. Some stories are told with a single photograph, while others are expressed with multiples, each image building upon the other to construct meaning. We will investigate the grammar of photographic expression and how we may best use those tools to interpret and craft photographic stories, much as one would read and write them. Paired with Professors Miller’s English Literature class, we will collectively examine how literature and photography align and diverge in their approaches to storytelling. Is one, for example, more likely to be used for documentation while the other for fiction? Where do those biases originate and what happens to storytelling when they unravel? Through these examinations students will gain an understanding of fundamental photographic techniques, acquire visual composition skills, learn photographic discernment, and develop creative, photographic solutions to visual storytelling problems.

Faculty Biography

Professor Dan Schlapbach received a BS from Washington University and an MFA from Indiana University and is a Professor of Fine Arts at Loyola University. Mr. Schlapbach’s research and teaching interests include 19th century photographic processes and digital imaging and how these processes inform each other. He exhibits his works regionally and nationally and received Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council in 2009 and 2011.

Multimedia Storytelling (CM 308)

A practical exploration of how multimedia stories are crafted and their audience effects in news, persuasion, and entertainment. Students produce their own media stories in a variety of formats and strategies, apply design and aesthetic principles, and consider their legal and ethical responsibilities as media storytellers. Required for communication majors specializing in journalism and digital media.

Faculty Biography

Professor April Newton teaches journalism and mass communication courses for the Department of Communication. Her research primarily focuses on gender and journalism, and on media ethics. Professor Newton is originally from Michigan and her favorite place is always near a beach of just about any kind, on just about any day.

Mentor Biography

Sara Scalzo Manson is director for the Office of Student Engagement. Student Engagement is responsible for orientation, leadership development, Student Government, late night programming and oversight of student clubs & organizations. Sara arrived at Loyola in 2001 as an Assistant Director of Student Life before moving to her current department. She received her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel from Kent State University (OH) and a B.A. in Music from Baldwin Wallace University (OH). She has a strong passion for Jesuit education and particularly working with students.

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PT 270 satisfies the Fine Arts core requirement for all students. EN 101 satisfies the Literature core requirement for all students.


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