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Effective: Summer 2017

Advisory: Advisory: PHOT 1 or 5; this course is included in the Digital Photography family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
1 hour lecture. (12 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • A successful student will explore the topic with time on task and develop skills to deepen proficiency in photography.
  • A successful student will demonstrate proficiency in the topic.
Description -
Investigation of a specific aspect or topic of photography through discussion and demonstration by the instructor(s).

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. gain in-depth understanding of one specific aspect or topic of photography.
  2. learn to use the equipment or technique demonstrated.
  3. apply techniques and approaches learned to other class assignments in photography.
  4. gain an appreciation of contributions from diverse cultures and backgrounds to the topic of photography being explored.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
A lecture room equipped for listening to audio tapes and viewing motion pictures, slides, and video tapes; access to camera equipment and functioning laboratory areas for instructor demonstration and student experimentation; chemicals and facilities for mixing and storing same; access to computer hardware and software for instructor demonstrations and student experimentation.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Detailed explanation of the topic or aspect of photography.
    1. Historical examples and precedents drawn from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  2. Comprehensive demonstration of the uses of equipment.
    1. Testing and/or experimentation by student as appropriate.
    2. Field sessions to use or demonstrate equipment as appropriate.
  3. Applications of equipment used and skills demonstrated
    1. Fine arts applications.
    2. Guest lectures by visiting artists as appropriate.
    3. Commercial and industrial applications.
    4. Field sessions to commercial/industrial sites as appropriate.
  4. Practical use of equipment or technique demonstrated
    1. Availability and costs of equipment.
    2. Risks associated with technique or equipment demonstrated.
    3. Toxic waste, environmental concerns.
Methods of Evaluation -
Small body of images; quizzes as appropriate to topic.
Representative Text(s) -
  1. Andrews, Philip and Langford, Michael, Langford's Starting Photography, Seventh Edition, Focal Press, 2015. ISBN: 9781315731728
  2. 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.

Disciplines -
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language of photography.
  2. Demonstration and practice of photographic techniques in the classroom and in field.
  3. Group presentations of projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
  4. Electronic discussions/chat to support learning
  5. Field Trips to locations for practice and learning as needed.
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Gallery/museum reports
  2. Review of handouts and relevant reading material
  3. Research and planning of individual creative projects
  4. Reading and study of the textbook