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The Photograph as Language

Course dates

June 29 to July 12, 2020

Application deadline

April 27, 2020​

Examine the narrative nature of photography and create a portfolio that is self-expressive, visually sophisticated and professionally prepared.​

  • Explore the art of storytelling through multiple photographic genres.
  • Develop a visually sophisticated series of photographs based on personal experience and creative expression.
  • Receive daily critiques with fellow students and guest artists.
  • Prepare and present work for a public exhibition.

graphic of swirling dots 


Undergraduate: ART 420, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: ART 620, 3 units




Students must have a working knowledge of their own digital SLR camera and some experience with Adobe software programs for image editing. ​


  1. Prepare a one-page essay describing your interest in this course and a digital portfolio of 10 JPEG photos compressed into a single PDF file or include a link to your portfolio on a website with the application.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by April 27, 2020.


Professor Nicole Jean Hill
(707) 599-1709

Guest Artists

David Hilliard –​

David Hilliard creates large-scale, multi-paneled color photographs, often based on his life or the lives of people around him. His panoramas direct the viewer’s gaze across the image surface, allowing narrative, time and space to unfold. The cinematic images depict subtle moments of love, family, adolescence, friendship and nuances of masculinity. He is a regular visiting faculty at Harvard University, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Lesley University College of Art and Design. Hilliard exhibits his photographs both nationally and internationally and has won numerous awards such as the Fulbright Grant and Guggenheim Fellowship. His photographs can be found in many important collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His work is represented by the Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, Carroll and Sons Gallery in Boston, Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts and in Paris at La Galerie Particuliére.


The Photograph as Language

June 29 to July 12, 2020

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