Sarah Vincii|CIGAR Darkroom photography classes will offer film students a variety of skills that can be utilized in multiple parts of the major.

Photography is an important part of filmmaking, and having a grasp of the skill can improve one’s cinematography. Understanding imagery is a must for all prospective film majors. Fortunately, for those prospective film majors here at the University of Rhode Island, the film department has added classes to the curriculum that allow for further studying into photography as whole.

According to Rebecca Romanow, director of the URI Film/Media program at URI, the program proposed to add four new classes to the list of courses you can count towards your production credit as a film major.

As of now, the change has not been finalized, but if all goes according to plan, this change will become effective for the Fall 2018 semester.

“We are awaiting one final vote at the end of February,” said Romanow but I don’t anticipate any problems.”

The classes that will be added are ART 213 (Photography I: Black and White), ART 214 (Photography I: Digital), ART 314 (Photography II: Black and White Darkroom), and ART 315 (Photography II: The Digital Darkroom).

In order to access the 300-level classes, you first have to take the 200-level classes. Starting in the fall of 2018, those classes can count towards credit for film majors. Fortunately for students who are already taking these courses this semester, if wish to use them for film credit you can still do so.

“If you are taking any of these classes this semester we can do a Curriculum Modification to have the courses count,” said Romanow.

Just fill out a Curriculum Modification form to submit with your advisor. For more information, please contact Romanow at