NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2019  
NWCCD 2018-19 Catalog
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ART 2255 - Photography I - Digital

This 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.

Credits: 3

Instructional Method Lecture/Lab

General Education Requirement: Visual & Performing Arts
Comments: This course does not meet UW’s Human Culture requirement unless transferred as part of an Associate degree.


Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of ART 2255 Photography I - Digital, the student will:

  1. Increased understanding of visual communication through photography.
  2. Gain advanced understanding of photographic theory, technique, and aesthetics.
  3. Develop an increased ability to express personal understandings and insights through photography.
  4. Develop an understanding of the criticism of photographic images and their relationship to materials, techniques, content, and context.
  5. Develop an import and export workflow through various methods such as Photoshop and Lightroom.
  6. Refine the composition, color, quality and orientation of the images imported.
  7. Use Photoshop as a creative tool, not just a photo-editing piece of software.
  8. Manipulate through use of the various tools the content in the image itself.
  9. Define and utilize different photographic materials and processes.

Program Outcomes
Art AFA Program Outcomes

PO#1 Application of Foundation Principles:  Employ the elements of art and design and compositional principles in 2-D and 3-D work.

PO#2 Observation:  Produce accurate and proportional representations of real space and objects.

PO#3 Conceptual Application: Create work using foundation principles to convey a concept or idea.

PO#4 Craftsmanship: Demonstrate a professional and serious level of craftsmanship and technical ability in working with a range of 2D and 3D materials.

PO#5 Articulation: Use art and design related vocabulary that is both relevant and appropriate in discussing visual artwork.

PO#6 Historical:   Examine different historical and cultural influences in art and design. 

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