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Photography Courses

These listings are sourced from Curricunet, and some courses may not be offered every semester. For additional information, contact the academic department, speak with counseling or refer to the current Class Schedule and College Catalog.

PHOT 20 - History of Photography    ( 3.00 Units )
A broad chronological survey of photography from its invention to the present. Considers the medium's dual role as technology and art. Addresses a multiplicity of photographic themes and purposes. Considers the intersections of photography and technology, history, art, and everyday life. Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in ARTH 20, ART 67 or PHOT 67.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. 1. Given the sample provided, identify its period and technical process.
  2. Specify the technical, historic, and artistic issues of photography in the 19th century.
  3. Specify the technical, historical, and artistic issues of photography in the 20th century.

PHOT 50 - Introduction to Photography    ( 3.00 Units )
Introduction to the processes, principles, and tools of photography. Topics include the development of technical and aesthetic skills, elements of design and composition, camera technology, materials and equipment, and contemporary trends in photography.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Interpret and predict the effects of the range of technical control choices available within black-and-white photography.
  2. Demonstrate a thorough and functional knowledge of the essential mechanisms of a camera.
  3. Develop and evaluate black and white photographs.

PHOT 51 - Individual Projects    ( 1.00 Units )
Individual projects in photography or graphic communications at the intermediate to advanced level. Development of knowledge and skills acquired in previous or current work with emphasis on current projects.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Compare and contrast the plans and problems involved in defining and pursuing individual project goals
  2. PHOTO 51 Interpret and predict the effects of the range of technical control choices available within black-and-white photography.
  3. PHOTO 51 Reframe an aesthetic goal as a well-designed project and prioritize the steps for orderly completion; execute.

PHOT 53A - Phoneography: Smartphone Photography    ( 1.50 Units )
Introduction to computational photography using smartphones. Course will cover fundamentals of composition and image editing utilizing smartphone applications. Survey of photography genres and the role of social media in image making.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Compose, create, and analyze original digital photographs and similar work from others.
  2. Interpret and predict the effects camera control choices have on digital images.
  3. Interpret and predict the effects camera control choices have on digital images, assess the changing role over time and criticisms of photography in society, compose, create, and analyize originial digital photographs and similar work from others

PHOT 53B - Digital Darkroom    ( 1.50 Units )
Introduction to darkroom concepts and techniques common to both traditional and digital photography. Work with digitally created negatives to explore traditional B&W silver and alternative process techniques.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1.  Interpret images via digital modification to support or reframe the image idea, compare and contrast hardware tools and software technique to assess and modify images, appraise the practically of design and ethical criticisms of manipulating photographs

PHOT 55 - Careers in Photography    ( 1.00 Units )
Opportunities in various areas of photography including commercial, industrial, portraiture, sales, photofinishing; and the investigation of photography as an art form.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

PHOT 60 - Black and White Darkroom Photography    ( 3.00 Units )
Use of 35mm film cameras and materials for exposure and development of traditional gelatin silver black and white photographs. Exploration and refinement of wet darkroom processes working with raw photographic chemicals for printing and toning images. Emphasis on visual and critical problems related to black and white photography.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Demonstrate technical mastery of advanced black and white darkroom techniques; exposure, developing, printing, and toning.
  2. Demonstrate technical proficiency combining multiple media in image making, digital, film, and alternative processes.
  3. Demonstrate personal artistic expression using dynamic imagery and creative compositions; rule of thirds, perspective, framing, negative space, line, texture, and conceptual meaning.

PHOT 61 - Digital Color Materials and Processes    ( 3.00 Units )
Understanding theories of output, printing, and processing of various color digital photographs. Emphasis on visual problems related to color photography.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Develop a cohesive body of exhibition quality work that demonstrates technical mastery of photographic materials and processes.
  2. Able to articulate the conceptual meaning and content of photographic works presented in the final portfolio.
  3. Able to understand the relationships between multiple images and the sequencing of images within a portfolio.

PHOT 62 - Portfolio Workshop    ( 3.00 Units )
Visual and technical problems of assembling a portfolio. Emphasis on individual projects and the production of a finished portfolio of black and white and/or color images.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Develop a cohesive body of exhibition quality work that demonstrates technical mastery of photographic materials and processes.
  2. Able to articulate the conceptual meaning and content of photographic works presented in the final portfolio.
  3. Able to understand the relationships between multiple images and the sequencing of images within a portfolio.

PHOT 64A - Artificial Light Photography    ( 3.00 Units )
Photography using light sources selected and manipulated by the photographer. Use of light sources in a controlled situation to achieve technically accurate renditions of subject matter and to make successful visual statements. Lighting techniques for product, still life and portrait photography.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Be able to define light in terms of quality, color, and temperature.
  2. Be able to read and measure light using incident and reflective light meters.
  3. Technical mastery using lighting equipment; speedlight flash, tungsten hot lights, and strobe lights.
  4. Technical mastery of specific lighting techniques; reflect, bounce, diffuse, fill, and shade.

PHOT 65 - Handcoloring, Toning and Beyond    ( 3.00 Units )
Creative explorations of the traditional black and white image. Handcoloring of prints using oils, pencils, and other media. Various toning techniques, including masking for multitoned images. Solarization and line breakdown. Consideration of other means of manipulating the conventional print.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Analyze black-and-white images to assess choices of color schemes, and/or unusual creative techniques to be applied in support of aesthetic content.
  2. Compose, create, and criticize your own work and the work of classmates as proof of familiarity with a broad variety of tools and techniques.
  3. Interpret and predict the effects art techniques both traditional and graphic arts and materials have on the black-and-white photographic image.

PHOT 66 - Photo Compositing    ( 3.00 Units )
Introduction to the use of industry standard software for retouching, editing and compositing digital images. Students take their original photography and artistically adjust contrast, exposure, and color balance to create enhanced compositions. Students take multiple photographs and composite them into a single image that is an artistically balanced and well rendered composition.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Demonstrates technical mastery of a digital SLR camera. Is able to utilize appropriate exposure modes, white balance and apertures (depth of field) in image making.
  2. Demonstrates technical mastery of digital workflow from capture to output and the sue of appropriate hardware: camera, printer, scanner, monitor, and calibrator.
  3. Demonstrates technical mastery working in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom to edit and optimize images for both web and print applications.

PHOT 71 - Color, Light and the California Landscape    ( 3.00 Units )
Photographing the natural and urban landscapes that are iconic to California. Emphasis on using digital cameras and technology to control color and light. Overview of concepts and techniques used by historical and contemporary California landscape photographers.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Effectively use DSLR camera controls to accurately render color and light in landscape photography.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of using color profiles from capture to print for large scale printing.
  3. Utilize creative compositions to communicate conceptual meaning and aesthetic value in image making.

PHOT 80 - Photo Silkscreen Printing    ( 3.00 Units )
Origins and history of printmaking with particular emphasis on serigraphy (silk screen). Uses of printmaking in industry, art, and politics. Basic materials and methods involved in producing a screen print, using traditional and digital photographic methods. Printing techniques for single- and multi-color prints. Creation of high contrast and continuous tone images. Color theory related to the production and printing of images.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)