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 -
Advanced-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 4B or equivalent; this course is included in the Digital Photography family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in PHOT 65C.

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate advanced skills in using digital imaging software.
  2. demonstrate advanced skills in using 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 Software
    1. Advanced level color management (making profiles)
    2. Working with RAW files
    3. 16-bit editing
    4. Digital Zone System
    5. Digital Lighting Techniques
    6. Advanced Color and Tonal Correction techniques
    7. Advanced Image Compositing techniques
    8. Special Effects & Alternative Imagery
  2. Using digital imagery to make artwork of meaning and intention
    1. Developing a complex body of work
    2. Print permanence, edition size, copyrights.
    3. Contemporary trends in digital art.
    4. Contributions to digital art-making by artists from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  3. Employment opportunities.
    1. Review of student backgrounds and skills necessary for a career in industry.
    2. Job outlook predictions
    3. Assignments giving students necessary background in skills for employment.
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. When taught via Foothill Global Access: supplemental lectures, handouts, tests, and assignments delivered via Email.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Willmore, Bill, Adobe Photoshop CS4 Studio Techniques, Adobe Press; 1 edition, 2009.
McClelland, Deke, Adobe Photoshop CS4 One-on-One, O'Reilly & Associates; 2008.

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.
  5. Feedback on tests and assignments delivered via Email; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, list-serves, and newsgroups, assignments will be uploaded onto web and/or delivered via post.
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 15:42:38

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines