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ARTS 2624

This is an archive of the Common Course Outlines prior to fall 2011. The current Common Course Outlines can be found at http://www.gpc.edu/programs/Common-Course-Outlines.
Credit Hours 3
Course Title Photography I
Prerequisite(s) None
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is an introduction to the use of the camera as a creative tool. Students are instructed in the theoretical principles of the photographic process. The course includes the following topics: methods of camera usage, photographic terminology, identification of the camera’s parts, film processing, darkroom procedures, contact printing, use of the enlarger, and photographic composition.

Expected Educational Results
1. Have knowledge of the basic technical aspects of black and white photography including camera operation, film processing, and dark room printing.
2. Understand the use of light photography.
3. Have an introduction to the history of photography including non-traditional photography.
4. Professionally preserve and present photographic prints.

General Education Outcomes
1. Gain the knowledge of the camera and the photographic medium as creative tools.
2. Develop an artistic vision and explore the aesthetic possibilities of photography as a visual art.

Course Content
Through lectures, field trips, demonstrations, and hands on experience this introductory course is designed to teach students the basic technical aspects of 35mm black and white photography. Thorough discussion of equipment and operation plus, assignments and critiques will emphasize the development of an artistic vision and explore the aesthetic possibilities of photography as a visual art.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
1.    COURSE GRADE
The course grade will be determined by the completion and the quality of all work assigned to the student. The instructor assesses the student’s competence in the handling of a variety of media, the student’s successful solution and prompt completion of the problem assigned (perceptual awareness, innovative solutions, aesthetic sensibility, and disciplined work habits) as well as the student’s participation and cooperation in class including critiques, group projects, and regular attendance. The student assembles the semesters’ projects in a professionally presented portfolio. The instructor will grade each project and the average of these grades will determine the grade for the semester.
The instructor will give the student written information as to the course description and objectives, absentee policy, a description of the semester’s assignments, and the percentage values of each assignment in the determination of the student’s grade. This information shall be in the form of a syllabus and given to the student the first week of class.
2.    DEPARTMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Portfolio reviews function as the primary means of evaluation of students seeking acceptance into BFA programs at four year institutions; therefore the student’s portfolio serves as a primary method of assessment by the instructor and the department.
The student builds a portfolio of work in each course. Outstanding works from each course are then chosen for inclusion in the student’s professional portfolio. Students are taught proper presentation of work (matting and framing), documentation of work (slides), as well as the preparation of a resume in order to present a professional body of work.
Student portfolios are reviewed by the instructor each semester to determine the student’s grade and to confirm that the student has realized the expected objectives for that course. Because of the favorable instructor/ student ration (12:1) in studio art courses as well as the numerous contact hours (6 per week) instructors can individually critique and guide students suggesting strategies to achieve the objectives for the course.
Each spring the entire visual arts faculty reviews works submitted by the students for inclusion in the Student Art Exhibition. An important part of this process is that all members of the art faculty see the works produced in each course on an annual basis. The faculty sees the works produced in each course on an annual basis. The faculty discusses strengths and weaknesses of the work being made in each course, suggesting methods for improving the work being produced. Formal recommendations from this review will be considered annually with the department chair.
Another means of assessment shall be our department’s documentation of our student’s acceptance into four-year institutions. Our Visual Arts Coordinator meets annually with the fine arts department chairs from the Regents System in the annual "State of the Arts Conference." At this conference we discuss our curriculum, the quality of our student’s work, and ask for suggestions to improve our program to better prepare our students.

3.    USE OF ASSESSMENT FINDINGS

A departmental file of instructor syllabi and a photographic documentation of student work are kept. These syllabi and slides are used for yearly assessment, instructional support, public relations, and recruitment. The faculty meets yearly with the department chair to assess each course fulfillment of objectives, consider improvements in course content and teaching effectiveness. These recommendations shall be documented and implemented for strengthening the course.

Last Revised: Aug. 19, 2011
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