ART-107: Photoshop

Liberal Arts
Art (art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
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Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Provides an introductory-level study of digital imaging with Photoshop.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Discussion and demonstration of Photoshop workspace including panel and tool applications.
  2. Image restoration and correction using image adjustments and editing tools.
  3. Demonstration and application of selection tools. Creating a composited image as well as isolating elements from an image. Creating masks and adjustment layers. Working with blend modes to combine images and textures.
  4. Creating a banner ad using Photoshop animation panel and layers. Discuss appropriate file sizes for use in both print and digital applications.
  5. Photoshop for web applications. Develop navigation and aesthetic composition. Mock up a website in Photoshop creating wireframes and generating image assets.
  6. Taking Photoshop to the next level, using layers, blend modes, adjustment layers and the fundamentals of design to develop an course capstone project.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate an ability to work with the drawing, editing and painting tools in Photoshop.
  2. Make complex selections using a variety of selection tools in Photoshop, creating both masks and channels.
  3. Modify image size in Photoshop without distortion using the Image Size window and transform tools.
  4. Apply image adjustments in Photoshop using both Live Adjustment layers and destructive adjustments.
  5. Prepare documents using a variety of bitmap formats supported by Photoshop for use in both web, print and interactive applications.
  6. Manipulate Layers: Create new layers, duplicate, delete, name, group and rearrange layers.
  7. Understand and use various color modes including RGB, CMYK, and Grayscale.
  8. Scan and save images at the correct size, resolution, and color mode for web, newspaper, and magazine.
  9. Design as a final project, a website mock-up, incorporating all major course objectives.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Course work includes, but is not limited to:

  • In-class exercises
  • Tests
  • Four Projects
  • Final Project

Text to be determined by the department/instructor.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Portfolio Review
Portfolio Review Details

Provide, in writing, a request to the department. Indicate the rationale for requesting credit and describing the type of college-level learning or course descriptions. Portfolio must contain 3-5 pieces of evidence that illustrates competency in all course learning objectives. Department faculty will evaluate submitted portfolios based on the evaluation rubric. Evaluation rubric and student checklist located in The School of Liberal Arts office. Interview with appropriate departmental faculty to discuss the request and work samples.

Interview Details

Interview, given in department by department faculty. Faculty will interview applicants based on submitted portfolio and will assess against evaluation rubric. Evaluation rubric and student checklist located in The School of Liberal Arts office.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2018
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date