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 Course Title:   Art of Photography

 Title Abbreviation:   ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY

 Department:    ART

 Course #:    180

 Credits:    4

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    4.5

 CIP:    n/a

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

An introduction to the theory, practices and history of film-based and digital still photography. Projects emphasize creative visual development, exploring aesthetics and composition in historical context. Students supply materials and camera with adjustable focus, shutter and aperture. Fully manual film cameras are available in the lab. Lab fee.

 Prerequisite  

None

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  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU
EWU
UW

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Students will learn knowledge of the historic development of the photographic process and development of subject matter and themes in photography.
  2. Students will learn competency in operating an adjustable focus, shutter and aperture camera, be introduced to processing in the dark room and the appropriate use of a digital camera and application.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

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

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.

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 . . .
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
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 . . .
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.

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.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.

Course Contents

  1. Using lectures and discussion students will be introduced to the historic development and application of photography.
  2. Using field work and laboratory work on guided self directed projects students will learn black and white processing and printing and digital technique and application.
  3. Using field work and portfolio development students will demonstrate photographic composition and introductory level development of idea, content and meaning.
  4. Using formal critique sessions students will demonstrate analysis of their photographs using the vocabulary of the discipline.