|1. Description - |
|This is a professional practices class for the organization and assembly of a photographic portfolio from concept to final presentation. This intensive advanced class requires the student to build 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.|
|Prerequisites: PHOT 3 or 4B or instructor's permission.|
|2. Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- assemble a portfolio demonstrating a proficiency in the techniques of photography and effective communications, which will meet the student's career goals.
- discuss and evaluate work with instructor and peers
- present a portfolio in a competent and professional manner, all photographs appropriately prepared for exhibitions and applications as directed by the instructor
- 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.
|3. 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. |
|4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Orientation and introduction to portfolio preparation.
- Aesthetic scope and content of the proposed portfolio project.
- Developing ideas, images and final pieces from concept to completion
- Quantitative and technical specifications of the portfolio project.
- Goal Setting
- use of portfolio in application process
- proper organization and presentation to meet goals
- beginning of development of written support material for applications and exhibitions
- review of field of photography and identify opportunities with attached skills and requirements
- review case studies of role-model photographers, their portfolios and career pathways
- Discussion and development of project
- Readings on photographic concepts including vocabulary, meaning of images and historic context of photographic expression
- Visits to exhibition and study of books relevant to student projects
- Class discussion of images, goals, process of portfolio building
- Class critique with goals of expanding each student's vocabulary and skill in discussing images and sensitivity to images
- 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.
- Concept development
- Reading in the field of photography
- Journal of portfolio development process
- Visits to exhibition and/or review of books on photography
- Paper/presentation on artist who inspires
- Technical Skills
- Review and expansion of appropriate technical skills to realize the portfolio
- practice and work for excellence in all final pieces
- The finished portfolio
- Presentation techniques both traditional and non-traditional
- Preparation for exhibition and presentation of portfolio
|5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.|
|6. Methods of Evaluation - |
- Completed portfolio
- Participation in class discussions and critiques
- Presentation on artist
- Completion of readings and journal
|7. Representative Text(s) - |
|Articles assembled into a course reader by the instructor available electronically or hard copy. |
|8. Disciplines - |
|9. Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture presentations and classroom discussion of all aspects of building a portfolio from goal setting to final presentation.
- Critique and discussion of photographs
- Presentation by students about a photographer followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
|10. Lab Content - |
|Lab hours consist of one or more of the following options: |
- Students will work in the traditional or digital lab on images for portfolio and/or exhibition
- Student will meet one-on-one or in small groups with instructor for feedback
- Students will have discussions on trends in the field and on promotional techniques.
- Students will prepare promotional materials for own and group events; plan and implement events.
- Students will attend exhibitions (both independently and as a class). Students will then write summaries based on their exhibit attendance.
- Students will conduct and informational interview with a role model in the field of photography and share results with class.
|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 from course reader and journals in the field.
- Gallery/Museum Reports
- Review of handouts and support materials
- Review of websites about photographers and photographic organizations
|13. Need/Justification - |
|This class is a required core course for the A.A. degree and Certificate of Achievement in Photography. |