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Effective: Summer 2014
PHOT 57APHOTOGRAPHIC PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT4 Unit(s)

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: PHOT 3 or 4B or instructor's permission.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. (72 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will create a portfolio of 10-15 photographic images and present them in a professional manner and discuss what their portfolio in light of their career/photographic goals. (This course is offered every two years. Next time: 2015)
  • A successful student will demonstrate participation in the building of community and contribute to others growth and progress as well as demonstrating the open minded acceptance of feedback and assistance. This course is offered every two years. Next time: 2013)
Description -
Professional practices course for the organization and assembly of a photographic portfolio from concept to final presentation. This intensive advanced class requires building of a group of photographic works that function both individually and as a group. Goal setting for the vocational and transfer students and packaging work for school, job and exhibition applications will be a priority. Concerns will include how to build a portfolio and organize images that communicate clearly, how to utilize technical execution for effective communication and techniques for giving and receiving feedback to further photographic projects.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. assemble a portfolio demonstrating a proficiency in the techniques of photography and effective communications, which will meet the student's career goals.
  2. discuss and evaluate work with instructor and peers
  3. present a portfolio in a competent and professional manner, all photographs appropriately prepared for exhibitions and applications as directed by the instructor
  4. Be familiar with and evaluate the work of other artists working in similar manners through books, exhibitions and websites with special attention to work from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
For students working in traditional media, a photographic laboratory equipped for color and black & white printing and for finishing photographs. For students working in electronic media, a computer lab equipped with computer, scanner, printer and related software. Space to assemble and organize the student portfolio during open labs and/or as arranged by the student with other instructors. Exhibition wall space, a room suitable for slide projection, and/or a room suitable for computer screen display, as dictated by particular portfolio needs.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Orientation and introduction to portfolio preparation.
    1. Aesthetic scope and content of the proposed portfolio project.
    2. Developing ideas, images and final pieces from concept to completion
    3. Quantitative and technical specifications of the portfolio project.
  2. Goal Setting
    1. use of portfolio in application process
    2. proper organization and presentation to meet goals
    3. beginning of development of written support material for applications and exhibitions
    4. review of field of photography and identify opportunities with attached skills and requirements
    5. review case studies of role-model photographers, their portfolios and career pathways
  3. Discussion and development of project
    1. Readings on photographic concepts including vocabulary, meaning of images and historic context of photographic expression
    2. Visits to exhibition and study of books relevant to student projects
  4. Class discussion of images, goals, process of portfolio building
    1. Class critique with goals of expanding each student's vocabulary and skill in discussing images and sensitivity to images
    2. Guidance in sensitizing student to the importance of input from diverse cultures and backgrounds in enriching the aesthetic content of a project in the arts.
  5. Concept development
    1. Reading in the field of photography
    2. Journal of portfolio development process
    3. Visits to exhibition and/or review of books on photography
    4. Paper/presentation on artist who inspires
  6. Technical Skills
    1. Review and expansion of appropriate technical skills to realize the portfolio
    2. practice and work for excellence in all final pieces
  7. The finished portfolio
    1. Presentation techniques both traditional and non-traditional
    2. Preparation for exhibition and presentation of portfolio
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Completed portfolio
  2. Participation in class discussions and critiques
  3. Presentation on artist
  4. Completion of readings and journal
Representative Text(s) -
Articles assembled into a course reader by the instructor available electronically or hard copy.

Disciplines -
Photography
 
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion of all aspects of building a portfolio from goal setting to final presentation.
  2. Critique and discussion of photographs
  3. Presentation by students about a photographer followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
 
Lab Content -
Lab hours consist of one or more of the following options:
  1. Students will work in the traditional or digital lab on images for portfolio and/or exhibition
  2. Student will meet one-on-one or in small groups with instructor for feedback
  3. Students will have discussions on trends in the field and on promotional techniques.
  4. Students will prepare promotional materials for own and group events; plan and implement events.
  5. Students will attend exhibitions (both independently and as a class). Students will then write summaries based on their exhibit attendance.
  6. Students will conduct and informational interview with a role model in the field of photography and share results with class.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments from course reader and journals in the field.
  2. Gallery/Museum Reports
  3. Review of handouts and support materials
  4. Review of websites about photographers and photographic organizations