Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

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

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 60 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab: 2
 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,   Certificate of Achievement,   Foothill GE
 GE Status: Humanities

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

1. Description -
A survey of the historical and practical aspects of photography as an art form. Students will be introduced to the use of light, composition and communication through images. Significant photographers from a diversity of backgrounds will inspire students in the practice of photography and developing an appreciation of the varied uses of the photographic image in our culture.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast different photographic styles and genre.
  2. Evaluate selected articles on photography-related topics.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of current photographic technology.
  4. Create photographs that demonstrate an understanding of light, color, and composition and communicate complex ideas.
  5. Explain images and exhibit visual awareness.
  6. Assess the contributions made in this field by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. A lecture room equipped for viewing motion pictures, slides, and videotapes; computer with projection ability, access to still cameras and other demonstration equipment as needed.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with Email software and capabilities, Email address, Java-script enabled internet browsing software.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to Photographic History
    1. History and development of photographic genre and technology
    2. Significant photographers from diverse backgrounds and their contribution to the medium
    3. Historic use of images to communicate and persuade
  2. Introduction to photographic techniques
    1. Elements of composition
      1. Rule of thirds
      2. Repeating shapes
      3. Spatial perspective and foreground, middleground, background
      4. Scale
      5. Using composition to communicate a message
    2. Technology of cameras
      1. Historic perspectives on camera technology
      2. Film cameras and their uses
      3. Digital cameras and their uses
      4. Workflow
      5. Impact of changes in technology on the authenticity of the photograph as a document
      6. Use of these tools in journalist, commercial and personal situations
    3. Creative use of camera controls
      1. Controlling motion (shutter speed)
      2. Controlling focus (depth of field)
      3. Controlling exposure (metering, ASA)
      4. Focal length
    4. Seeing and controlling light
      1. Natural light
      2. Flash
      3. Studio light
    5. Printing
    6. Presentation of photographs
  3. Photographic communication
    1. In the media/journalism
    2. Documentary photography
    3. On the Internet
    4. Commercial and business use of photographic imagery
    5. Photograph as a fine art
    6. Exploration of personal history and cultural history as recorded in the photographic image.
    7. Editing for effective communication
    8. Use of words with photographs to tell a story
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written paper(s) on selected topics in photography.
  2. Discussion in class and online
  3. Photographic submissions and commentary
  4. Quizzes
  5. Assignments integrating photographs, writing and analysis
  6. Final Project or Final Exam
7. Representative Text(s) -
Andrews, Philip and Langford, Michael: Langford's Starting Photography, Sixth Edition, Focal Press, 2008. ISBN: 0 0240521102
When taught via Foothill Global Access: supplemental lectures, handouts, tests, and assignments delivered via Email; feedback on tests and assignments delivered via Email; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, list-serves, and newsgroups.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration, Field trips, e-portfolio
10. Lab Content -
Use of eportfolio to share images and discuss photographic theory; Use of print finishing facilities, visit and review photography exhibitions in museums and galleries, use of print kiosks, photography excursions, 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 -
Photographer paper: 1-3 page paper (900-2700 words) about a photographer or topic in photography that inspires you. Biographical information and significance in history or techniques of photography should be discussed. Use the worksheet from the handouts page to help you gather information and know what questions to ask. You should use a minimum of three sources of which one must be book to research this photographer. Your paper will be posted in the Discussion Area. Each student read all the other presentations and will make thoughtful comments on a minimum of two other student's papers.
Spaceship Assignment: For the creative photographer, photographs are documents, they are the markers of memories and they are artistic statements. They are powerful tools to communicate ideas and captures moments. How can you be more conscious of what you are photographing? How can you be more intentional about the content, the composition and the concept of your photographs? Think about these ideas as you begin then next assignment.
You are an astronaut with the International Space Agency. You have been chosen after a long and difficult selection process to be the first person to be sent to another galaxy. Even with the latest technology allowing speed of light travel and a short cut through the Alpha-G 14 Wormhole, this trip will take many decades. You are likely to never see Earth again. The only things you can take with you are the pictures you take this weekend, your last weekend before you depart for this adventure. What images would you want to have in your collection if you were never going to see anything on Earth again? What pictures would comfort you as you plummet toward your destination? What photographs would you want to share with the new Beings you met in the next galaxy? What pictures would help you explain life on Planet Earth? (Shoot 20-40 photographs, edit down to 5 most effective and write an essay to address the above questions.)
Photography Exhibition Review Assignment:
Visit Photography Exhibition or Gallery from Instructor's Approved List. Write a paper that analyzes presentation and artistic intent of the work and relates it to a historic context.
13. Need/Justification -
This class is a required core course for the AA and the Certificate of Achievement in Photography.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2013-03-20 09:54:45

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines