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Course Descriptions ARTPH

ARTPH 301
Beginning Photography
3 Units
Same As: PHOTO 301
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course combines lectures with hands-on experience in traditional black and white photography. Students will work primarily with film cameras. Instruction includes camera function, exposure control, film processing, enlarging prints, low light photography, and print finishing. Creative control and elements of composition will also be covered. The format of the class includes lectures, visual presentations, lab time, a field trip, exams and a portfolio. Students may wish to challenge the prerequisite on the basis of equivalent experience. This course is the same as PHOTO 301, and only one may be taken for credit.
ARTPH 310
Intermediate Photography
3 Units
Same As: PHOTO 310
Prerequisite: ARTPH 301 or PHOTO 301 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to expand on the technical and creative concepts acquired in beginning film photography. Topics of instruction include: exposure and development control, archival printing, introduction to medium and large format photography, studio lighting techniques, and alternative processes. Students will work primarily with film cameras. The class includes lectures, visual presentations, lab time, written tests, and a portfolio. This course is the same as PHOTO 310, and only one may be taken for credit.
ARTPH 314
Large Format Photography
3 Units
Same As: PHOTO 360
Prerequisite: ARTPH 310 or PHOTO 310 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of view camera operation in the studio and in the field. Topics of instruction include: view camera movements, exposure techniques, processing sheet film, adjustments necessary to print large format negatives, and presentation of the large format image. Students may work in black and white, color, or both. The class includes: lectures, visual presentations, lab time, studio time, and a portfolio. Students are urged to provide their own large format camera. This course is the same as PHOTO 360, and only one may be taken for credit.
ARTPH 322
Color Photography
3 Units
Same As: PHOTO 320
Prerequisite: PHOTO 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course covers the fundamental principles of color photography. Topics of instruction include: color theory, correct exposure, techniques to determine correct color balance, flash exposure for color and printing digital files. Students will work with digital cameras. The class includes: lectures, visual presentations, lab time, written tests, and a portfolio. This course is the same as PHOTO 320, and only one may be taken for credit.
ARTPH 340
Alternative Process Photography
3 Units
Same As: PHOTO 365
Prerequisite: ARTPH 301 or PHOTO 301 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course introduces historical and alternative processes in photography. Topics of instruction include: pinhole photography, handmade cameras, historical photographic processes, enlarging negatives, creating digital negatives and contact printing. Students will also hang a class exhibition. The class includes lectures, visual presentations, lab time, exams, and a portfolio. This course is the same as PHOTO 365, and only one may be taken for credit.
ARTPH 341
Advanced Alternative Process Photography
3 Units
Same As: PHOTO 366
Prerequisite: ARTPH 340 or PHOTO 365 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an advanced study of historical and alternative processes in photography and is designed to expand on the technical and creative concepts acquired in Beginning Alternative Process Photography. Topics of instruction include a deeper investigation of pin hole photography, handmade cameras, historical photographic processes, creating digital negatives and contact printing. Students will also hang a class exhibition. The class includes research, lectures, visual presentations, lab time, exams, and a portfolio. This course is the same as PHOTO 366.
ARTPH 342
History of Photography
3 Units
Same As: PHOTO 420
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an in-depth study of photography and photographically derived images. The course will focus on the development of the first photograph processes from the nineteenth century to current technologies. The format of the class includes lecture and discussions, visual presentations and a field trip. This course is the same as PHOTO 420, and only one may be taken for credit.