Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lecture-laboratory, 1.5 hours laboratory.4 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 78 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: 1.5 Lecture/Lab: 3
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: Stand Alone Course
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 1/12/09; 12/11/09

1. Description -
Fundamentals of black and white still photography. Introduction to the historical development of the medium and the role that photography has played in shaping social issues and and its effect on culture. Practical investigation of photography's potential to contribute to personal visual expression. Exposure to multiple perspectives on photography as practiced and contributed by diverse cultures. Topics cover photographic seeing, camera operation, use of aperture and shutter settings for aesthetic and sensitometric control, film processing, printing, and use of natural light for personal expression and communication. Introduction to electronic imaging processes.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: This course is included in the Analog Photography family of activity courses.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. describe major applications of photography, major photographers and styles, and basic tools and resources used in photography today.
  2. use the camera with technical control of film, aperture, and shutter speed appropriate to various lighting conditions to achieve specific visual effects.
  3. develop film to industry standards.
  4. print full-scale prints.
  5. create imaginative photographs to fulfill specific assignments.
  6. communicate personal expression through the photographic medium.
  7. discuss the significance that photography has had on past and current social concerns and beliefs.
  8. recognize and appreciate the motivations, concerns, and differences between selected photographers
  9. understand how to approach and critique photographs made by others and formulate intelligent interpretations
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Cameras suitable for natural light photography. Light-proof laboratory areas equipped for processing film, printing enlargements, and finishing prints. Stocks of all required chemicals, and facilities for mixing and storing same.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. The role of photography in contemporary life.
    1. What photography is and is not; and how it differs from other media.
    2. How photographs record space and time.
    3. Major styles, subject matter and techniques in contemporary photography.
    4. Historical development of the medium, including major photographers of different cultures, backgrounds and locales.
  2. Learning how to see photographically and use the language of photography.
    1. Use of natural light.
    2. Composition
  3. How the camera records an image.
    1. Attributes of different films,
    2. How aperture controls light and changes the image.
    3. How the shutter speed controls the light and changes the image.
    4. The Daylight Exposure System.
    5. Control of spatial elements through selective focus, depth-of-field, and hyperfocal focusing.
    6. Time as a photographic element and the selection of shutter speeds for stopped or blurred motion.
  4. Techniques of processing negatives.
    1. Lab procedures, including proper handling of equipment and chemicals and environmental concerns.
    2. Time, temperature and dilution of chemicals as controllers of negative densities and contrast.
  5. Printing from negatives.
    1. Printing procedures and proper use of chemicals.
    2. Image control through use of filters, burning and dodging.
  6. Introduction to flash photography.
    1. Flash-synchronized shutter speeds and flash guide numbers.
    2. Alternatives to, and modifications of, electronic flash.
  7. Respond to artistic photographs and place them in a larger social and cultural context.
    1. An appreciation of how the photograph can reflect and portray individuality.
    2. Factors and approaches in evaluating photographs.
    3. Resources for viewing photographs, including galleries, museums, books, periodicals and new imaging media.
    4. Understand the motivations and concerns of photographers who have made significant contributions to the field of photography
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. The course grade is based on the technical and aesthetic quality of photographs submitted for specific assignments.
  2. Additional methods of evaluation will include written papers, objectively-scored quizzes, a final exam as well as attendance and class participation.
  3. Demonstration of involvement in the course material through written and verbal critiques of projects and assignments, followed by the instructor's evaluation of both the project and the critique.
  4. Oral presentation of photographer
7. Representative Text(s) -
London, Stone and Upton: Photography Prentice Hall, N. Y., 9th edition, 2007
London and Stone: A Short Course in Photography: A Introduction to Photographic Technique, Prentice Hall, NJ, 7th edition, 2009.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Field work, Oral presentations, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration, Field trips,
10. Lab Content -
Supervised use of photographic darkroom equipment in the photo lab for students to gain additional practice and experience in developing, printing and finishing procedures previously demonstrated in class. The scheduled Open Lab Hours for each quarter is made available online and hard copies are posted in the Photo Lab. Students also participate in photography excursions and online discussions.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Reading Assignments: Reading of 1 textbook chapter for each of the lecture topics (e.g., Chapter 1: Camera; Chapter 2: Lens; Chapter 9:Seeing Like A Camera-Responding to Photographs).
Papers: A written review of a photography exhibit or photographer
13. Need/Justification -
This class is a required core course for the AA degree Photography, the Certificate of Achievement in Photography, Certificate of Achievement in Traditional Photography II and Certificate of Achievement in Digital Photography II. It fulfills the GE requirement for the CSU Area C: Arts and Humanities Requirement.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-06-25 21:07:22

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines