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ARTS 2625

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Photography II
Prerequisite(s) completion of ARTS 2624
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course takes photography as a creative tool to the next level. The students will refine their camera and darkroom skills and learn new photographic and darkroom techniques. Traditional as well as alternative or manipulative photographic processes will be introduced. The development of individual vision and a body of work will be supported and worked on through the duration of the course, culminating in a final portfolio.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course,
1. Students will have completed a portfolio of a cohesive body of work presented in a professional matter.
2. Students will have a better understanding of their camera operation and improved their exposure and development methods.
3. Students will have improved their dark room skills and learn to make fine print.
4. Students will have expanded their knowledge of the history of photography and their exposure to contemporary photographers.
5. Students will have learned about fundamental aesthetic considerations of photography (design, quality of light, texture…) as well as intellectual and emotional impact of photographs.
6. Students will have started to explore and develop their personal photographic vision.

General Education Outcomes
I.    This course addresses the general educational outcome relating to communication skills as follows:
1. Students develop their oral communication skills by critiquing their work and the work of their peer.
2. Students develop their reading and writing skills through a research paper on a photographer or their choice.
3. Students learn the vocabulary of photography.

II.    This course addresses the general education outcome of effective problem solving and critical thinking as follows:
4. Students demonstrate problem-solving skills in the dark room.
5. Students demonstrate problem-solving skills when making a photograph, when faced with complex lighting situations.
6. Students demonstrate problem-solving skills by finding creative photographic solutions to visual problems.

III.    This course addresses the general educational outcome of using mathematical concepts and applying scientific methods as follows:

7. Students analyze linear direction, geometry, spatial organization, and time motion to create effective visual organization of these elements.
8. Students explore the design fundamentals of scale, proportion, balance, unity, variety, rhythm and pattern.
9. Students use their discoveries as a basis for the organization of the visual elements.
10. Through the use of photographic chemicals, students learn basic photochemistry, how it relates to photosensitive materials, and how light relates to these materials (sensitometry.)
11. Students apply basic math skills in the darkroom when finding chemical proportions and correlating the relationships among certain darkroom variables (temperature, time and dilution.)
12. Students learn about the physical characteristics and behavior of light.

Course Content
1. Through lectures, field trips, demonstrations, critiques, assignments and the creation of final portfolios, the student will explore some of the technical and aesthetic qualities of black and white photography.
2. Students will explore the quality of light, the organization of visual elements as well as the emotional and intellectual impact of photography.
3. Through critiques and personal guidance, the student will work on developing a personal vision and produce a cohesive body of work. This body of work will constitute the final student portfolio.
4. Students will be introduced to the history of photography and will be exposed to contemporary exhibiting photographers.
5. Students will fine-tune their camera control and exposure development techniques. The Zone system will be introduced.
6. Students will be introduced to various printing techniques to facilitate the making of a fine art photographic print.
7. Students will be introduced to various alternative photographic processes.

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
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.


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.


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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