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 -
Intermediate-level exploration with 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 4A or equivalent experience; this course is included in the Digital Photography family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in PHOT 65B.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an in-depth ability to use electronic imaging software.
  2. demonstrate an in-depth ability to use current computer hardware.
  3. create complex hard copy photographic images for portfolio presentation and web appropriate images for electronic publishing.
  4. discuss and describe expanding visual awareness.
  5. demonstrate an in-depth 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 an 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. Digital imaging hardware
    1. In-depth look at input devices (scanners, digital cameras and their features)
      1. Advanced Features
      2. New Innovations
    2. In-depth look at output devices (printers, film recorders and their features)
      1. Advanced Features
      2. New Innovations
  2. Digital Imaging Software
    1. Advanced Workspace
      1. Tool Presets, Palette Options, The Preset Manager
      2. Customizable Keyboard Shortcuts, Context Sensitive Menus, Views & Screen Modes
      3. Automating the Digital Workflow (Advanced features of Automate Menu and Actions)
    2. Color Management Overview
      1. calibration
      2. Photoshop color settings
      3. printing
    3. Advanced Layers and Blending
    4. Advanced Masking and Selection (pen tool, extract, )
    5. Advanced Color Correction and Tonal Adjustments (Levels & Curves)
    6. File Formats and their uses
      1. RAW
      2. Non-compression formats (psd, tiff etc)
      3. Compression formats (jpg, gif etc.)
    7. Working with B&W Images
      1. Converting Color to Grayscale
      2. Quadtone Printing
    8. Special Effects & Alternative Imagery
    9. Managing and Archiving Images
      1. DAM software
      2. Storage
  3. Using digital imagery to make artwork of meaning and intention
    1. Complex and effective communication through digital imaging
    2. Implications of image appropriation and copyright issues
    3. Developing and presenting a body of work
      1. Image creation, postproduction editing, sequencing
      2. Presentation (traditional and alternative methods, PDF Presentation, Web Photo Gallery)
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Critiques of computer-generated images as hard copy and/or on disk.
  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 imaging.
  5. Quizzes/tests
  6. Portfolio of images suitable for display
7. Representative Text(s) -
Evening, Martin. Adobe Photoshop CS6 for Photographers. New York City: Focal Press, 2012.
Laskevitch, Stephen. Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4: A Photographer's Handbook. Santa Barbara: Rock Nook, 2012.

8. Disciplines -
9. Method of Instruction -
A.Lectures on the techniques of digital imaging software and digital photography.
  • Discussion and Electronic discussions/chat using the language of digital imaging and photographic/artistic critiques.
  • Demonstrations of digital imaging software and digital photography.
  • 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 and the Certificate of Achievement in Photography.

    Course status: Active
    Last updated: 2014-02-25 15:42:21

    Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines