Skagit Valley College logo

Catalog Course Search Details

 Course Title:   Digital Imaging

 Title Abbreviation:   DIGITAL IMAGING

 Department:    ART

 Course #:    184

 Credits:    4

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    4.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014

 Course Description  

An introduction to digital still imaging and contemporary visual concepts. Practices include image capture, manipulation, color theory, printing and web output. Traditional 35mm film and print optimization is also introduced. Students will supply materials and camera with adjustable focus, aperture and shutter speed. Fully manual film cameras are available in the lab. Lab fee $30.


Prerequisite: ART 180

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities, Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Students will learn the historic development of photographic processes and digital image making.
  2. Students will become competent with the capabilities and limitations of digital cameras and the similarities and differences between digital and film media.
  3. Students will develop proficiency in structuring images and applying design concepts and content.
  4. Students will learn to analyze their photographs using the language of the discipline.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.
7.2 Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetic principles.
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of arts and creative expression in societies.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology in one’s personal and professional life.

Course Contents

  1. Using online lectures, readings and discussions, students will learn the historic development of photographic and digital image making.
  2. Using guided projects, students will learn digital technique and application with understanding of grayscale and color and design theory applicable to both digital and analog imaging.
  3. Using field work, portfolio development and assessment, students will demonstrate photographic composition and development of idea, color theory, content and meaning.