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PHOTO 260
The Eastern Sierra Landscape, Yosemite Valley
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to photograph in the Eastern Sierra emphasizing the Yosemite Valley. The course will include a variety of topics including using film and digital cameras in the landscape, understanding different natural qualities of light and low light photography. This course includes meetings on campus and a field trip to Yosemite.
PHOTO 262
The Eastern Sierra Landscape, Mono Lake Basin
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to photograph in the Eastern Sierra emphasizing the Mono Lake Basin. The course will include a variety of topics including using film and digital cameras in the landscape, understanding different natural qualities of light and low light photography.
PHOTO 264
The Pacific Coast Landscape
2 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to give students an opportunity to photograph in the landscape emphasizing the Pacific Coast. The course will include a variety of topics including using film and digital cameras in the landscape, understanding different natural qualities of light and low light photography.
PHOTO 271
Color Management
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: PHOTO 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: PHOTO 320
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course covers the fundamental principles of color management. Topics of instruction include: calibration, profile generation, color management in Photoshop, and optimizing and preparing images for output to labs. Students will work with digital cameras. The class includes: lectures, lab time, field trips, exams, a journal, and a final project.
PHOTO 272
Lightroom
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: PHOTO 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn the most current photographic archiving software products. Topics of instruction include: importing images, editing imaging and placing images into collections and libraries. Students will work with digital cameras. The class includes: lectures, lab time, field trips, exams, a journal, and a final project.
PHOTO 273
Video Capture with DSLRs
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: PHOTO 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is designed to provide students instruction in shooting video with DSLR cameras. Topics include: custom settings for shooting video, options for sound capture, lighting techniques, video editing and digital story telling. Students will work with digital cameras and accessory equipment. The class includes: lectures, lab time, field trips, exams, a journal, and a final project.
PHOTO 275
Digital Applications for Alternative Processes
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: PHOTO 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is designed to provide students instruction in digital applications for alternative processes. Topics include: creating custom curves for alternative process printing, using a variety of software products for creating unique imagery, and applying digital technology to older print processes. Students will work with digital cameras and accessory equipment. The class includes: lectures, lab time, field trips, exams, a journal, and a final project.
PHOTO 276
Digital Bookmaking
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: PHOTO 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is designed to provide students instruction in digital and traditional bookmaking. Editing, design, layout, cover design, printing and binding will be covered. Students will work with digital cameras and design software. The class includes: lectures, lab time, field trips, exams, a journal, and a final project.
PHOTO 277
Creating a Digital Portfolio
1.5 Units
Prerequisite: PHOTO 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course is designed to provide students instruction in creating a website to promote their photography. Website hosting options, uploading and organizing images will be covered. Students will work with digital cameras and design software. The class includes: lectures, lab time, field trips, exams, a journal, and a final project.
PHOTO 280
Portfolio Development I
2-4 Units
Prerequisite: PHOTO 301 or 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course is designed for advanced students to develop their portfolios both for creative and professional purpose. Individual style, presentation methods, and forums for distribution and exhibition will be stressed. Topics of discussion will include: developing a personal visual style, self publishing, on-line promotion, and conferences and workshops. The format of the class includes lectures, lab time, field trips, and critique sessions.
PHOTO 295
Independent Studies in Photography
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
PHOTO 299
Experimental Offering in Photography
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
PHOTO 301
Beginning Photography
3 Units
Same As: ARTPH 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 ARTPH 301, and only one may be taken for credit.
PHOTO 302
Beginning Digital Photography
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course combines lectures with hands-on experience in digital photography. Instruction includes digital camera function, exposure control, technical and creative control, computer manipulation of images and digital output options. The format of the class includes lectures, visual presentations, lab time, exams and a portfolio.
PHOTO 310
Intermediate Photography
3 Units
Same As: ARTPH 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 ARTPH 310, and under either name, the course may only be taken one time for credit.
PHOTO 312
Intermediate Digital Photography
3 Units
Prerequisite: PHOTO 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to expand on the technical and creative concepts acquired in beginning digital photography. Topics of instruction include: advanced digital camera functions, exposure control, introduction to studio lighting, computer manipulation of images, digital archiving, digital output options and digital print finishing. The class includes lectures, visual presentations, lab time, written tests, a field trip, and a portfolio.
PHOTO 320
Color Photography
3 Units
Same As: ARTPH 322
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 ARTPH 322, and under either name, the course may only be taken one time for credit.
PHOTO 340
Careers in Photography
3 Units
Prerequisite: ARTPH 322 or PHOTO 320 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is an overview of different careers available in the photographic industry. Fields of study include: portraiture, wedding photography, fashion, commercial and tabletop, photojournalism, and fine art photography. Students are encouraged to pursue their own area of interest by working with professionals in the field. Students may work with digital or traditional cameras. The class includes: lectures, studio visits, lab time, and completion of a resume, price list, and portfolio.
PHOTO 350
Photojournalism
3 Units
Prerequisite: PHOTO 310 or 312 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course provides instruction in photojournalism and magazine techniques in photography. Students will study features, sports, spot news, and the photo essay styles of journalistic photography. Students may work with digital or traditional cameras. Students will also capture and use audio to complete multimedia projects. A beginning, advanced, or magazine style digital portfolio will be completed. The course includes lectures, visual presentations, speakers, a required field trip, and lab time. Students will provide their own camera and related materials. (C-ID JOUR 160) (C-ID JOUR 160)
PHOTO 360
Large Format Photography
3 Units
Same As: ARTPH 314
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 ARTPH 314.
PHOTO 364
Advanced Black and White Photography
3 Units
Prerequisite: 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 expand on the technical and creative concepts acquired in intermediate photography. Topics of instruction include: zone system, archival printing techniques, advanced methods of image manipulation, and digital fine art printing. Students will work with digital and traditional cameras. The class includes lectures, visual presentations, lab time, exams, and a portfolio.
PHOTO 365
Alternative Process Photography
3 Units
Same As: ARTPH 340
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: pin hole 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 ARTPH 340.
PHOTO 366
Advanced Alternative Process Photography
3 Units
Same As: ARTPH 341
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 ARTPH 341.
PHOTO 370
Portraiture and Wedding Photography
3 Units
Prerequisite: ARTPH 322 or PHOTO 320 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the portraiture and wedding photography business. Topics include: techniques of lighting, use of appropriate cameras and media, professional practices and strategies for beginning business. Students work with digital cameras. The class includes: lectures, lab time, on-location field trips, exams, a journal, and a portfolio geared toward a professional presentation.
PHOTO 372
Advanced Portrait Photography
3 Units
Prerequisite: ARTPH 322 or PHOTO 320 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 an in depth understanding of portraiture. Topics include: techniques of lighting and posing, working with groups and individuals, use of appropriate cameras and films, professional ethics and business strategies. Students may work with digital or traditional cameras. The class includes: lectures, lab time, on-location field trips, exams, a journal, and a portfolio geared toward a professional presentation.
PHOTO 390
Studio Lighting Techniques
3-4 Units
Prerequisite: ARTPH 322 or PHOTO 320 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course is a study in studio lighting techniques used in commercial photography. Topics of instruction include: correct exposure using strobe, lighting ratios, basic portraiture and advertising, appropriate choice of camera formats, and studies in composition of commercial photographs. Students are encouraged to work in a variety of formats, using black and white and color. Students will primarily use digital cameras. The class includes: lectures, visual presentations and discussions, on-location field trips, lab time, exams, and a portfolio.
PHOTO 392
Commercial and Advertising Photography
3-4 Units
Prerequisite: ARTPH 322 or PHOTO 320 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course covers studio lighting techniques used in the production of advertising photographs. Topics of instruction include: advanced studio lighting techniques, correct exposure using strobe, appropriate choice of camera format and films, studies in composition and meaning of advertising photographs, and market research. Students are encouraged to work in a variety of formats, using both film and digital cameras. The class includes: lectures, visual presentations and discussions, on-location field trips, lab time, written tests, a journal, and a portfolio geared toward a professional presentation.
PHOTO 400
Digital Imaging
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This is an introductory course in digital imaging and electronic desktop photography. Methods currently used in publishing will be emphasized. The class includes lectures, use of computers and scanners, slide presentations, occasional off-campus class meetings, and preparation of a notebook and a digital portfolio.
PHOTO 410
Advanced Digital Imaging
3 Units
Prerequisite: PHOTO 400 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 digital imaging and related software programs. Methods currently used in publishing will be emphasized. The class includes lectures, use of computers, scanners, and a variety of output devices, and preparation of a digital portfolio. This course will introduce the student to the emerging field of multimedia and visit various local businesses.
PHOTO 420
History of Photography
3 Units
Same As: ARTPH 342
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 ARTPH 342, and only one may be taken for credit.
PHOTO 495
Independent Studies in Photography
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
PHOTO 498
Work Experience in Photography
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Photography.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.
PHOTO 499
Experimental Offering in Photography
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB