ARTS 103 Appreciation and History of Photography

This course is an introduction to the art and expression of photography through the history of photography, lecture, photography assignments, critique, discussion, photography exhibition field trip and analysis and video analysis. Students will complete photo assignments tied to major themes of the course using simple cameras, digital software and/or commercially processed film. Emphasis will be placed on a wide range of genres, visual literacy and important photographers and their work from 1839 to the present. The course follows a step-by-step progression beginning with larger theoretical concerns about the nature of photographs and how to read them and progresses from a discussion of specific genres, eras, and styles to material about specific photographers, their work and contributions to the world of images and visual arts.

Credits

3 Credits

General Education Competency

GEM Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing

ARTS 103Appreciation and History of Photography

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I. General Information

Department

Art

II. Course Specification

Course Type

General Education

General Education Competency

GEM Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing

Credit Hours Narrative

3 Credits

Semester Contact Hours Lecture

45

Semester Contact Hours Lab

0

Semester Contact Hours Clinical

0

Grading Method

Letter

Repeatable

N

III. Catalog Course Description

This course is an introduction to the art and expression of photography through the history of photography, lecture, photography assignments, critique, discussion, photography exhibition field trip and analysis and video analysis. Students will complete photo assignments tied to major themes of the course using simple cameras, digital software and/or commercially processed film. Emphasis will be placed on a wide range of genres, visual literacy and important photographers and their work from 1839 to the present. The course follows a step-by-step progression beginning with larger theoretical concerns about the nature of photographs and how to read them and progresses from a discussion of specific genres, eras, and styles to material about specific photographers, their work and contributions to the world of images and visual arts.

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

State of Idaho Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing SLOs: Upon completion of a course in this category, students are able to demonstrate at least five (5) of the following competencies. Recognize and describe humanistic, historical, or artistic works within problems and patterns of the human experience. Distinguish and apply terminologies, methodologies, processes, epistemologies, and traditions specific to the discipline(s). Perceive and understand formal, conceptual, and technical elements specific to the discipline. Analyze, evaluate, and interpret texts, objects, events, or ideas in their cultural, intellectual or historical contexts. Interpret artistic and/or humanistic works through the creation of art or performance. Develop critical perspectives or arguments about the subject matter, grounded in evidence-based analysis. Demonstrate self-reflection, intellectual elasticity, widened perspective, and respect for diverse viewpoints. CSI General Education Program Goals: Completion of the course supports the following CSI General Education Program goals: Think – use conventional approaches and terminologies to discuss, analyze, solve, interpret and create in disciplines. Appreciate – apply discipline-appropriate criteria to evaluate how an idea, text, or creation reflects and relates to the human condition. Course Goals: Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to: Exhibit a foundation in the visual communication language: explain what a photograph is, read a photograph, and explain the social and political implications of photography Exhibit foundational knowledge in the history of photography: identify key photographers; explain their contributions to social change and cultural identity Make informed photographic images

V. Topical Outline (Course Content)

The history and culture of photography Individuals who defined the photographic medium (and why), through lecture, text, video, and photo exhibition field trip Application of learned knowledge in creative photographic works toward projects

VI. Delivery Methodologies

Required Assignments

Portfolio of two photography projects Four quizzes Final paper Video analysis

Required Exams

Final paper Critiques on individual creative projects, in-class discussions

Required Text

Textbook required: The Photograph (by Graham Clarke), instructor-provided external essays

Specific Course Activity Assignment or Assessment Requirements

Portfolio of two photography projects Four quizzes Final paper Video analysis Final paper Critiques on individual creative projects, in-class discussions