Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: Visual and Performing Arts
|Varies per instructor|
Course Objectives: 1. To increase an understanding of visual communication through photography. 2. To advance understanding of photographic theory, technique, and aesthetics. 3. To develop an increased ability to express personal understandings and insights through photography. 4. To develop an understanding of the criticism of photographic images and their relationship to materials, techniques, content, and context.
Course Content: Photography 300.02 is an introductory still photography class dealing with both the practical and conceptual bases of photography. Students will learn basic photographic technique including operation of the camera, lenses and associated accessories, and application of basic photographic techniques such as exposure calculation, shutter speed control, manipulation of depth of field, etc. Further, the student will begin to understand and interpret photographic imagery, practice critical thinking, and discover the possibilities of camera made images. Lectures will introduce the work of noted photographers, the evolution of aesthetics and theory associated with the history of the medium, and examine the impact that the photographic image exerts in contemporary culture. Learning experiences include: lectures, recitations, examinations, assignments, critiques of assignments, and a final project. You should have a digital format adjustable camera with manual control of the shutter, aperture, white balance, flash, exposure compensation, and ISO. Minimum 6 MP. Contact your instructor to see if your camera is right for the course.
Method of Presentation: The course will include lectures, technical demonstrations, class discussions and critiques
Method of Evaluation: 10% Attendance and active participation in all class meetings, demonstrations and critiques. 45% Successful completion of five assignments. Four are visual, one is a presentation to the class. 15% Midterm exam. Exams will include history/theory questions from the readings and the Thursday lectures as well as technical questions learned during class sections. 15% Final exam 15% Successful completion of a final project, as defined by your instructor.