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University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection

A partnership of two renowned institutions, the University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge at The Phillips Collection offers collaborations that are fusions of art, science, music, research, education, and innovation.

LEARN MORE about these innovative interdisciplinary collaborations—conversations with artists, music, lectures, and panels.

For directions and parking, see The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC

Non-Credit Course: Special Topics in the History of Photography

Photography, Modernity, and the Museum: Mining The Phillips Collection

This course takes advantage of the partnership with The Phillips Collection for a behind-the-scenes and hands-on study of special topics in the history of photography within the institutional framework of America’s first museum of modern art. Since its invention in the 19th century, photography was employed to frame the modern experience, providing artists and audiences with a new vision tied to the technological advances of the modern age. We will consider the medium within larger art historical discourses both in relation to the other arts and on its own terms, exploring photographic images within the critical/historical construction of modernism and museological practices. Focusing on the role of photography as a modernist medium in international movements of the 20th century, the course will situate that history within critical bookends of photographic practices in the 19th and 21st centuries. Photographs in the Phillips’s collection will serve as primary sources for exploring these issues.

The class is being undertaken in conjunction with preparations for the celebration of The Phillips Collection’s 100th anniversary in 2021, providing an opportunity to mine the museum’s archives and explore its history of collecting and exhibiting photographs. Students will pursue archival and collection research that can be incorporated into ongoing activities, such as contributing to collection records, exhibition wall labels, and publications. Members of the Phillips’s staff, including curators and conservators, will be tapped as resources as we explore multiple facets of photography’s place in museum discourse today. The hybrid nature of this class - part historical study, part curatorial practice - offers unique opportunities for original research and practical applications for that research.

Workshops do not post to the UMD transcript and do not count towards a student's academic record. Neither grade nor credit is earned. Students do not receive a University ID card and will not have access to University facilities such as recreation, transportation, and campus events. Workshop students may access UMD Libraries as visitors.

  • Enrollment: November 1, 2019 to January 17, 2020
  • Non-member Fee: $1,080.00
  • Members of The Phillips Collection Fee: $360.00*

* Members of The Phillips Collection should contact Victoria Hagar at vhagar@phillipscollection.org to receive the promo code required to receive the discounted rate.

How to Enroll: Open Catalog

Enrollment for non-credit courses is processed through Open Catalog, the university’s all-in-one non-credit course enrollment system that includes a payment gateway and links to ELMS, UMD’s online learning environment. ELMS provides access to static non-credit course content (syllabi, schedules, announcements, etc.) and to interactive tools (e.g., discussion groups, live chats, and online assessments). Enrollment is limited and processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All students who enroll in UMD non-credit courses are subject to the rules, policies and regulations found at registrar.umd.edu and www.president.umd.edu/administration/policies.

Payment is due at the time of enrollment. Open Catalog accepts Discover, American Express, MasterCard or Visa. Non-credit course enrollment is not complete until payment has been submitted.

Current UMD Students

  1. Enroll through Open Catalog.
  2. Click the blue “Enroll” button.
  3. Click “Sign in here”.
  4. Log in with CAS using your Directory ID and Password.
  5. Click “Proceed to Payment” to be directed to a secure payment page.
  6. Enter your payment information and click “Pay Now”.
  7. You are now enrolled in the non-credit course. You will receive an email confirming your enrollment.
  8. Access the Non-credit Course:
    1. Log in to ELMS: https://umd.instructure.com/login.
    2. Your Student Dashboard appears; select Special Topics in the History of Photography.

Non-UMD or Former UMD Students

  1. Enroll through Open Catalog.
  2. Click the blue “Enroll” button.
  3. Select the "Create an account” link to create an account. Once selected, you will be directed to the Associate Account Registration page.
  4. Please fill out the desired information on the registration page and then select the “Submit” button.
  5. After submitting, you will receive an email stating that you have created an Associate Account. In the email, select the link to create an account password.
  6. After creating a password, return to the course’s listing and click the blue “Enroll” button.
  7. Click “Sign in here” to log in to your account.
  8. After signing in, click “Proceed to Payment” to be directed to a secure payment page.
  9. Enter your payment information and click “Pay Now”.
  10. You are now enrolled in the non-credit course. You will receive an email confirming your enrollment.
  11. Access the Non-credit Course:
    1. Log in to ELMS: https://umd.instructure.com/login.
    2. Your Student Dashboard appears; select Special Topics in the History of Photography.

Note: This course is also available for credit during the 2020 Spring Semester (ARTH357). To register, visit Testudo.

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