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Photography I
Course: ART131

First Term: 2010 Fall
Lec + Lab   3 Credit(s)   6 Period(s)   5.1 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Basic photographic principles and techniques. Basic camera functions and controls. Experience in the image-making process by creating and editing photographs for various display environments. Introduction to the photographic aesthetic and photography`s role in society.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Explain basic camera parts and demonstrate their functions. (I)
2. Apply exposure techniques to control image quality. (II)
3. Describe and differentiate various cameras for image capture. (III)
4. Demonstrate editing and selection concepts. (IV)
5. Describe and differentiate various procedures for the display of photographic images. (V)
6. Produce photographs using basic image production techniques. (V)
7. Describe presentation concepts as they apply to photographic imagery. (VI)
8. Demonstrate understanding of photographic aesthetics to produce images. (VII)
9. Describe the applications and roles of photography in contemporary culture. (VIII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Camera parts and functions
   A. Light tight container
   B. Focusing system
   C. Viewing system
   D. Exposure controls
II. Exposure techniques
   A. Exposure value controls
   B. Metering Modes
   C. Image sensors
   D. Light sensitive materials
III. Types of cameras
   A. Film camera
   B. Digital camera
IV. Introduction to editing and image processing
   A. Photographer, subject, audience and point of view
   B. Generating preview images
   C. Selecting final display images
   D. Health and safety
V. Introduction to basic photographic display
   A. Electronic display
   B. Printed enlargements
   C. Image density
   D. Contrast controls
   E. Burning/dodging
   F. Color/black and white
VI. Presentation concepts
   A. Stylistic approach
   B. Mixed media approaches
   C. The photographic sequence/body of work
VII. Photographic aesthetics
   A. Introduction to history of photography as an art form
   B. Principles of design
   C. Criticism and discussion
VIII. Photography and culture
   A. Photograph as communication
   B. Photograph as social document
   C. Photograph as narrative tool
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  2/23/2010

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