ARTS 150 Beginning Digital Photography

This course provides a foundation in creative digital photography for entry-level students and for amateur photographers seeking to improve their knowledge and skills. The topics covered in this course include understanding the camera and its functions, basic visual literacy, a basic introduction to image manipulation using computer software, and the printing of digital photographs. This course is designed for non-photography majors and does not meet the 2D elective requirement in the Visual Art Associate of Arts Degree.

Credits

3 Credits

ARTS 150Beginning Digital Photography

Please note: This is not a course syllabus. A course syllabus is unique to a particular section of a course by instructor. This curriculum guide provides general information about a course.

I. General Information

Department

ART

II. Course Specification

Course Type

Program Requirement

Credit Hours Narrative

3 Credits

Semester Contact Hours Lecture

60-70

Semester Contact Hours Lab

60

Grading Method

Letter grade

Repeatable

N

III. Catalog Course Description

This course provides a foundation in creative digital photography for entry-level students and for amateur photographers seeking to improve their knowledge and skills. The topics covered in this course include understanding the camera and its functions, basic visual literacy, a basic introduction to image manipulation using computer software, and the printing of digital photographs. This course is designed for non-photography majors and does not meet the 2D elective requirement in the Visual Art Associate of Arts Degree.

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • Adjust basic camera settings to acquire desired aesthetic photographic results
  • Create basic photograph edits and workflow adjustment layers via Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge
  • Articulate their understanding of visual literacy
  • Demonstrate basic matting skills
  • Demonstrate understanding of image composition
  • Complete a meaningful image portfolio

V. Topical Outline (Course Content)

Exploration of idea through the photographic medium Digital photographic technique through lecture & demonstrations Understanding basic digital photography software and camera operations Critique Educational video and handouts

VI. Delivery Methodologies

Required Assignments

Three photographic projects Final Portfolio

Required Exams

Critiques on individual presentations In-class discussions Midterm reviews

Required Text

Textbook not required. Essays distributed for class discussion at instructor’s discretion in lieu of required text Two USB drives, notebooks, writing utensils, inkjet photo paper, manila envelopes, blank DVD, point & shoot or DSLR digital camera

Specific Course Activity Assignment or Assessment Requirements

Three photographic projects Final Portfolio Critiques on individual presentations In-class discussions Midterm reviews