MICA's major in photography exposes students to the full range of photography as a fine art. Students learn black and white printing and experiment with non-traditional processes, mastering the large format camera and utilizing the latest in digital imaging technology. A wide variety of courses broadens their aesthetic understanding and technical skills, preparing them for careers in photography.
Core classes in black and white, color,and digital photography, and the history of photography provide students with a basic foundation of essential knowledge and skills. Students can take four open studio electives from any discipline along with seven photography electives. Photography classes--which include Advanced Digital, Studio Lighting, Narrative Strategies, Large Format, and Alternative Processes--all deal with both the technical and conceptual aspects of the medium. Advisors help student to plan a program of electives that best meets their needs and goals.
Capital Photography Center was created by Marie Joabar who for more than a decade was the Education Programs Manager and Corporate Trainer at Penn Camera, one of Washington D.C.’s long standing photography retailers.
Marie developed that company’s educational program growing it from three topics in 2003, to almost 50 in 2011, and earned it the reputation of having the area’s largest selection of classes with the widest variety of topics.
With more than 10 years of experience offering classes, it was a logical choice to open Capital Photography Center to continue offering amateurs, hobbyists, and professionals the opportunity to learn about the areas of photography suited to their interests and tailored to their level of experience.
The instructor list boasts some of the area’s best instructors; Eliot Cohen, former Program Head of Photography at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) Loudoun Campus, Chris Alvanas, Director of Photography at Center for Digital Imaging Arts – Boston University, E. David Luria, founder of the Washington Photo Safari and Karen Messick, Award winning professional photographer just to name a few.