The Impact of the Arts and Sciences on Photography (55+)

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA    Mondays, Oct 27–Dec 1, 2014    9:30–11:20 AM




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Photographers and beholders of photography alike can learn from, and be inspired by, both traditional and modern academic subjects. Our multimedia venture exploration of this topic will reveal and demonstrate how even a passing awareness of the "sciences" of human vision and a basic understanding of the visual "arts" can enhance the pursuit of image-making and appreciation.

We will discover a wide variety of modern principles of digital photography that are directly inspired by an examination and exploration of such academic subjects as neuroscience, neuro-aesthetics, neurobiology, optics, architecture, painting and cinematography.


Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.


This course will be taught by Rick Hulbert in 6 sessions at SFU's Vancouver campus. The classes will take place every Monday from October 27 through December 1, 2014, from 9:30 to 11:20 AM. The cost is $104.00.

Registration opens Wednesday, July 23 at 10 AM.


What will I learn?

Week 1: Big Picture Impacts of the Arts and Sciences

We will review a variety of academic subjects and suggest how they influence a modern attitude toward digital imaging. The illustrated presentation will define principles of photography that form the foundation for a sophisticated, yet understandable, approach to making and viewing photographs.

Week 2: Featured Sciences

We will consider and postulate how selected principles of photography are directly inspired by relatively recent knowledge gained from advances in neuroscience, neuro-aesthetics and neurobiology. Considering how we actually see will impact upon how you create and view images.

Week 3: Historical Academic Impacts

We will explore theories of how the science of optics influenced painting and an understanding of “light.” We will also explore the impact of mathematics on our understanding of perspective, balance and proportion.

Week 4: Featured Arts

We will consider and postulate how selected principles of photography are directly inspired by the arts of architecture, painting and cinematography. In particular, we will consider the notion of translating a three-dimensional world on to a two-dimensional canvas, screen or print.

Week 5: Practical Impacts of Computer Science

We will examine photography as a process from pre-visualization through re­ visualization. You will have an opportunity to submit images for selected review that will demonstrate how computer science has revolutionized the post-processing of images and will benefit both photographers and beholders.

Week 6: Practical Applications of Specialized Computer Software

We will consider contemporary impacts of computer science on high dynamic range imaging and panorama and immersive photography. We will discuss how an understanding of these two genres can be beneficial to traditional still-image photographers.


How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Visual aids
  • Discussion (may vary from class to class)
  • Papers (applicable only to certificate students)


Who should take this course?

This course is for anyone who is interested in learning more about how the arts and sciences have impacted on developments in photography.


How will I be evaluated?

(Evaluation applicable to continuing studies certificate students only)

Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”


Textbooks and learning materials

Reading material (if applicable) will be available in class. Some course materials may be available online.



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