Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Fine Arts and Communication Division
2 hours lecture, 3 hours lecture-/laboratory, 1.5 hours 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,   Certificate of Achievement
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: BothValidation: Fall 2011;11/16/13

1. Description -
Introduction to the tools for expressive communication in digital photography using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Development of skills in image capture, enhancement, printing, and web publishing, for both fine art and commercial applications.
Prerequisite: None
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: PHOT 1, 5 or equivalent; this course is included in the Digital Photography family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in PHOT 65A.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate ability to use digital imaging software.
  2. demonstrate ability to use current computer hardware.
  3. create hard copy photographic images for portfolio presentation and web appropriate images for electronic publishing.
  4. discuss and describe expanding visual awareness.
  5. demonstrate an awareness of basic photographic principles underlying the new technologies and the ability to apply these interdisciplinary principles in the sciences and fine arts.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of ethics of the new technologies including the principles of truthfulness in images, copyright and appropriation
  7. Recognize contributors from diverse cultures and backgrounds to contemporary electronic imaging.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. A lecture room equipped with color LCD overhead projector for displaying projected computer monitor displays; an instructional computer with high resolution monitor, scanner, color printer and software; lighting and wall space suitable for displaying and critiquing hard-copy output. An integrated or separate facility for student computer time.
  2. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with java-script enabled Internet browsing software, media plug-ins, and relevant computer graphics applications and email software. Email address.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to digital image technology
    1. History of imaging from silver to pixel
    2. terminology of the digital darkroom
    3. future of imaging and directions in technologies
    4. ethics of digital manipulation, copyright issues, appropriation in modern artistic expression and in commercial applications
    5. contribution from diverse cultures and individuals to the advance of electronic technologies.
  2. Digital imaging hardware
    1. the computer
      1. platform choices
      2. memory requirements for working with images
    2. Digital Cameras (brief overview)
    3. Scanners for negatives, prints, objects
    4. Printers (input, output and WYSIWYG)
  3. Introduction to the software
    1. File Formats and their uses
    2. Digital imaging software menus and tools and their use
      1. The brush tools (healing brush, clone tool/rubber stamp, paint brush, eraser)
      2. Selection tools (marque, magic wand, lasso and their modifiers)
      3. Editing tools (cut paste, rotate, scale, crop)
      4. Basic Adjustments (levels, curves, brightness/contrast)
    3. Resolution
    4. Color Controls
    5. Selection controls
    6. Filters and special effects
    7. History Pallette
    8. Layers and Blending Modes
    9. Use of type in Photoshop
    10. Automate menu and actions
  4. Using digital imagery to make artwork of meaning and intention
    1. effective communication through digital imaging
    2. truthfulness in digital imaging
    3. formal and alternative presentation of the digital image
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Critiques of digital photographs
  2. Instructor's review of student's on-going work.
  3. Review of student's participation in discussion and critiques, laboratory performance.
  4. Written paper(s) on current issues in digital photography.
  5. Quizzes/tests
7. Representative Text(s) -
Laskevitch, Stephen. Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4: A Photographer's Handbook. Santa Barbara: Rocky Nook, 2012. Print.
Evening, Martin. Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers. New York City: Focal Press, 2012. Print.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
  1. Lectures on the techniques of digital imaging software and digital photography.
  2. Discussion and Electronic discussions/chat using the language of digital imaging and photographic/artistic critiques.
  3. Demonstrations of digital imaging software and digital photography.
  4. Field trips to visit photographic, artistic and technical locations.
10. Lab Content -
Practice of digital imaging skills, sharing and critiquing of images through online classroom or other methods, online discussions, use of print kiosks, use of print finishing facilities, visit and review photography exhibitions in museums and galleries, photography excursions.
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 -
  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
13. Need/Justification -
This class is a required core course for the AA degree and the Certificate of Achievement in Photography.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-02-25 15:41:41

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines