PHOT 120

Introduction to Photography

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total   3 UNITS

This non‐darkroom, lecture/demonstration course is designed to introduce the student to basic concepts of photography and to improve upon technical skills in the operation of both digital and film cameras. Emphasis is placed on developing an understand- ing of design, composition, and creative vision. The course will explore the many applications of photography, career possibilities, and it’s impact as a major communication force. Not intended for photography majors. CSU, UC

 

PHOT 121

Basic Darkroom Photography

108 hours integrated lab; 108 hours total   3 UNITS

This beginning course in laboratory photography is designed to teach camera skills and basic skills in black & white printing. This course provides guidance in film processing, use of laboratory equipment and chemicals, traditional darkroom printing and presentation techniques. CSU, UC

 

PHOT 122

Intermediate Photography

108 hours integrated lab; 108 hours total   3 UNITS

Recommended Preparation: PHOT 121

Lectures, demonstrations and hands‐on experimentation pro- viding technical skills necessary for refining camera operations, exposure, film development, printing and presentation. Class emphasis will be on developing image content via a small body of work. A brief survey of the history of photography will be integrated with discussions and illustrations of contemporary practice and criticism.  CSU

 

PHOT 123

Advanced Darkroom Photography

108 hours integrated lab; 108 hours total   3 UNITS

Recommended Preparation: PHOT 122

This course is an exploration of special processing and fine printing techniques. Topics include techniques associated with the Zone System and Alternative Processes. Appreciation of contributions by photographers of diverse backgrounds. CSU

 

PHOT 150

Beginning Digital Photography

108 hours integrated lab; 108 hours total   3 UNITS

Introduction to digital photography and digital imaging processes. Acquire tools for expressive communication, using Apple Aperture and Adobe Photoshop for scanning, manipulating, printing, and web publishing. Develop skills in a variety of outputs for both fine art and commercial applications. Explore the “digital darkroom,” using both traditional photographic materials and digital input. Survey photography’s role in society and culture, including the evolution of various photographic genre and the contributions to the development of digital photography by people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. CSU

 

PHOT 151

Intermediate Digital Photography

108 hours integrated lab; 108 hours total   3 UNITS

Recommended Preparation: PHOT 150

 A further exploration of digital photography and digital imaging processes, involving a deeper understanding of the technical and aesthetic issues of digitally created images. This course emphasizes personal creative expression in relation to artistic practice. Additional study of photography’s role in society and culture, including the evolution of various photographic genre and the contributions to the development of digital photography by people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Formal cri- tique of images. Exploration of collaborative strategies involving Quicktime VR and alternative presentation of images. CSU

 

PHOT 152

Advanced Digital Photography

108 hours integrated lab; 108 hours total   3 UNITS

Recommended Preparation: PHOT 151

 PHOT 152 continues to refine and extend the skills of photographic seeing by exploring the role of the computer in personal studio practice as well as in contemporary culture.CSU

 

PHOT 153A

Apple Aperture

27 hours lecture; 27 hours total   1.5 UNITS

This course explores Aperture’s photo‐editing, image‐retouching, proofing, publishing, and archiving features and prepares students for the option Apple Pro exam for industry certification.CSU

 

PHOT 153B

Adobe Lightroom

27 hours lecture; 27 hours total   1.5 UNITS

This course provides the basics of Adobe Lightroom. Topics include techniques to manage, adjust, and present large volumes of digital photographs. Prepares student for optional Adobe Certified Expert exam for industry certification. CSU

 

PHOT 155

The Digital Fine Print

36 hours integrated lab; 36 hours total   1 UNIT

Recommended Preparation: PHOT 150

 This course is an exploration of the process of consistently pro- ducing excellent digital prints. Students will explore the factors to produce high‐quality, digital, archival, exhibition quality fine art prints. CSU

 

PHOT 170

Multimedia for Photographers

72 hours integrated lab; 72 hours total   2 UNIT

Recommended Preparation: PHOT 150

This course is an introduction to the creative concepts and techni- cal elements of acquiring video, audio, and still images to create documentary style multimedia content.CSU,UC

 

PHOT 172

Night Photography

72 hours integrated lab; 72 hours total   2 UNIT

This course will explore creating images illuminated by artificial light sources as well as the light of the full moon. Emphasis will be on evaluating existing lighting situations to create images that result in a finished portfolio of nocturnal work. Locations may include Fort Mason, the Presidio and the Marin Headlands. CSU, UC

 

PHOT 180

History of Photography

Cross-listed with ARTH 18054 hours lecture; 54 hours total   3 UNITS

This course traces the history of still photography from the earliest investigations of the camera obscura to 21st Century electronic imaging. Emphasis will be on photography as social force and artistic practice. Required for photography majors. Cross‐listed with ARTH‐180. CSU, UC

 

PHOT 181

Contemporary Issues in Photo

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total   3 UNITS

This course will focus on contemporary trends in post‐World War II photography. The diversity of photographic practice, both digital and traditional methods, will be explored as well as photography’s role in modern and postmodern society. CSU, UC

 

PHOT 182

Photography in a Multicultural United States

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total   3 UNITS

Examination of photography’s role in shaping ideas about race, class, gender, sexuality and identity. The course emphasizes critical analysis of images from a wide range of genres includ- ing: commercial photography, portraiture, social documentary, photojournalism, ethnographic and scientific photography, and fine‐art photography. CSU, UC

 

PHOT 220

Food and Architectural Photography

108 hours integrated lab; 108 hours total   3 UNITS

This course incorporates lectures, demonstrations, and a series of assignments to impart to students the necessary skill set for various lighting, compositional, and logistical demands of Food and Architectural photography genres. CSU

 

PHOT 250

Portrait Photography

36 hours lecture, 72 hours lab; 108 hours total   3 UNITS

Recommended Preparation: PHOT 121 or PHOT 150

A course designed to familiarize students with fundamentals of portrait photography. Topics include commonly used films and materials, available and location lighting, studio lighting, individual and group portraits, fashion photography. Student must provide 35mm camera. Training on professional medium format cameras in studio situations. CSU

 

PHOT 260

Product & Advertising Photography

36 hours lecture, 72 hours lab; 108 hours total   4 UNITS

Recommended Preparation: PHOT 121 or PHOT 150

 An advanced course in successful product and advertising materials and equipment, studio and location lighting, organizational and planning techniques, layout/design, use of professional labs, and career possibilities. Assignments include food, fashion, glassware, architecture, large and small products. Student provides 35 mm camera. Training on professional studio cameras. CSU

 

PHOT 270

Professional Practices

18‐54 hours lecture, 0‐162 hours lab; 18‐162 hours total   1-3 UNITS  

This is a variable topic, variable units course that focuses on the professional aspects of the studio arts, digital art and design, and photography Topics will vary for each course section and may include: resume development, artist’s statements, portfolio development for both academic and professional review, exhibi- tion preparation, marketing, advertising, and resources for finding exhibition opportunities. CSU

 

PHOT 280

Professional Portfolio

108 hours integrated lab; 108 hours total   3 Units

Prerequisite: PHOT 122 or PHOT 151 or presentation of portfolio

This course will cover topics such as critical thinking in art, writing an artist statement, career options, preparing a resume and traditional and digital portfolio preparation both for transfer and exhibitions. Students will study how to promote themselves as artists through the study of various resources and strategies used by successful artists. This course is designed to help prepare students majoring in Studio Art to successfully transfer and earn a B.F.A. or B.A. in Art. CSU

 

PHOT 298

Selected Topics in Photography

36‐108 hours integrated lab; 36‐108 hours total   1-3 Units

Topics in photography not covered by regular catalog offerings. Course content and unit credit to be determined in relation to community/student needs and available staff. May be offered as a seminar, lecture, or lecture/lab class. CSU

 

PHOT 310

Photography Production Laboratory

27‐108 hours lab; 27‐108 hours total   0.5-2 UNITS

Photography laboratory intended to augment concurrent enrollment in other darkroom, digital, and/or studio courses.

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