Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lecture-laboratory, 1.5 hour 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: AA Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: 12/09/08; 11/25/11

1. Description -
Exploration of experimental approaches to creative photography, using silver and nonsilver processes. Introduction to digital manipulation of images.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: PHOT 2; this course is included in the Analog Photography family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in PHOT 56.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Become familiar with approaches to experimental manipulation of conventional photographic practices.
  2. Manipulate photographic negatives and positives chemically.
  3. Experiment with non-silver printmaking processes.
  4. Experiment with electronic imaging processes.
  5. Analyze experimental images technically and aesthetically.
  6. Become more appreciative of the qualities inherent in the manipulated image.
  7. Recognize contributions from diverse cultures and backgrounds to the range of technical tools available to the creative photographer.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
A lecture room equipped for listening to audio tapes and viewing motion pictures, slides, and video tapes, and with a desk for each student; cameras and other needed equipment; laboratory areas equipped for processing film, making enlargements, and finishing prints; all required chemicals and facilities for mixing and storing these. Access to computer hardware and software for instructor demonstrations and student experimentation.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Overview of early image-making processes
    1. Gum bichromate.
    2. Cyanotype.
    3. Albumen.
    4. Bromoil.
    5. Platinum and Palladium.
  2. Overview of contemporary alternative processes.
    1. Hand-coloring.
    2. Toning and split-toning.
    3. Collage.
    4. Multiple printing.
    5. Polaroid manipulation and transfer.
  3. Overview of non-chemical photographic processes.
    1. Computer imaging.
    2. Multimedia and web-based art.
  4. Discussion of the work of contemporary experimental photographers and image-makers
    1. Important contributions from diverse cultures and backgrounds to the wealth of alternative artistic and technical pathways open to contemporary photographers
    2. Detailed analysis of specific experimental images and genres.
    3. Field trips to local galleries and photographers' studio when appropriate.
  5. Instruction in specific experimental photographic techniques.
    1. Solarization and the Sabbatier effect.
    2. Multiple printing.
    3. Hand-coloring.
    4. Graphics arts films.
    5. Gum bichromate and cyanotypes.
    6. Polaroid manipulation and transfer.
    7. Multiple images (via multiple film exposure and multiple negative printing).
    8. Electronic imaging.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
The assigned projects will be evaluated for professional craftsmanship, visual aesthetics such as originality and imaginative communication, appropriateness of process to statement, and final photographic impact. Emphasis on laboratory assignments. Written paper on an experimental technique or the images of a contemporary experimental photographer/image-maker.
7. Representative Text(s) -
James, Christopher. The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes. Delmar Cengage Learning: 2008. ISBN-10: 1418073725, ISBN-13: 978-141807372

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Field trips.
10. Lab Content -
  1. Use of photographic laboratory and equipment.
  2. Coating and preparing sensitized materials.
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 -
Textbook, supplemental article on techniques and aesthetics, writing about each assignment critiquing it technically and conceptually.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a restricted support course for the AA degree in Photography.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-06-25 21:10:24

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines