ART-150: Introduction to Digital Photography

Liberal Arts
Art (Art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Introduction to Digital Photography
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-081/093 Eligible or Higher
Catalog Course Description

An introductory-level course on the basics of digital imaging where creativity is emphasized. Offers key concepts such as (manual) camera capture, basic file management, ‘non-destructive’ image processing, and printing which help foster the foundations for visual communications, new media disciplines, or a fine art practice. A student may wait until the first class meeting to make arrangements to buy/use a camera. This class meets for six (6) hours a week.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

Designed to introduce students to the tools and processes for creating and managing digital lens based imagery for print, web, and fine art production.

Core Course Topics
  1. Adjustable digital single lens reflex camera
  2. Manipulating the exposure with in camera techniques
  3. Post-production methods (“non destructive” alterations to the file in order to address aesthetic concerns)
  4. Lighting for products and still-life’s for beginners
  5. File preparation for display (such as printing resolutions, color profiles, and copywriting imagery)
  6. Production of the image for both print and light based output
  7. Historic and contemporary practices in photography.
  8. Design and aesthetic considerations to making/understanding photographic works
  9. Communicating the photographic process and aesthetic choices including the students description of their own work, vocabulary.
  10. Photographic critque and presentation
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a manual digital camera effectively.
  • Perform basic techniques for image production (manipulating the exposure and color controls, image sizing, and copywriting images).
  • Perform basic non-destructive post production editing.
  • Demonstrate essential skills in pictorial composition including lighting and still-life techniques.
  • Create photographic images for both print and web-based audiences.
  • Analyze key issues in photographic history and contemporary practices.
  • Demonstrate how to present and speak about his/her photo works effectively including the following elements: file preparation for display, description of the photographic process and methodology, and aesthetic considerations.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  1. Production of photographic projects.
  2. Produce two prints: one with a single exposure that demonstrates continous tone ranging from pure white (with no highlight detail) to pure black (with no shadow detail) and a second photograph utilizing hdr rendering through an amalgamated composition of bracketed images.
  3. Give an oral presentation on a photographers work.
  4. Produce and present a final project consisting of five (5) printed images along with a project statement.
  5. Group critiques of assigned photo work.

Determined by instructor.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

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

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 Division Office.2. Scheduled interview with the appropriate department faculty.

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 Division Office.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2020
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date