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Course Descriptions

PHOT 150 - Introduction to Photography

3 units - 6 hours per week (2 hours lecture and 4 hours laboratory practice)
Satisfies General Education for Grossmont College C3
Transfers to CSU and UC

An introductory course that examines the nature of photography and visual literacy through the personal exploration and making of photographic images as well as the critical discourse of photography’s role and function in society and culture. The primary focus of the course will be to engage in digital photographic practice (digital capture and Adobe Lightroom) as a means to respond subjectively as well as objectively to the conceptual and aesthetic experiences of the photographic image as a visual document of creative expression and communication. Historical and contemporary photographic works from the contexts of the family album, art photography, commercial / advertising photography, photography and media, and cyberspace will be examined and discussed to further cultivate and refine each students’ visual literacy of the photographic image. Appropriate for students without prior photographic experience. Any type of lens-based, image-making device including smart phones, digital point-and-shoot cameras, and digital SLR's can be used.

PHOT 151 - Personal Photographic Vision

3 units - 6 hours per week (2 hours lecture and 4 hours laboratory practice)
Transfers to CSU and UC

An introductory-level course that examines the foundations of photographic seeing, thought and analysis with the primary use of analog (film and darkroom) and digital (Adobe Photoshop) photographic materials and processes, including black and white film and darkroom printing, grayscale and color. Primary focus of the course is the development of a personal photographic vision through the use of photography’s aesthetic attributes and a refined sense of technical execution and craft. Appropriate for students with prior exposure and experience with photography. Discussion and practice with small and medium format cameras, image exposure methods, color photographic theory, basic artificial lighting techniques, image optimization and use of the dynamic tonal range with film processing and digital imaging techniques, and photographic printing practices in both darkroom and digital environments. The Photography Program can supply a 35mm film camera to use during the semester.

PHOT 152 - Contemporary Photographic Practice

3 units - 6 hours per week (2 hours lecture and 4 hours laboratory practice)
Transfers to CSU and UC
Prerequisite: “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in PHOT 151 or equivalent

This course explores various advanced analog and digital photographic imaging systems and artificial lighting techniques in providing a strong foundation within the medium. Conceptual, aesthetic and technical principles, theories and strategies within photography’s historical and contemporary contexts will be examined, including the application of one's photographic vision with medium- and large-format cameras, digital capture and/or emerging technology systems, appropriate image exposure, processing and printing applications as well as artificial lighting techniques on location and in the studio. The Photography Program can supply medium and/or large-format film cameras as well as portable strobe lighting systems to use during the semester.

PHOT 154 - History of Photography

3 units - 2.5 hours per week (2.5 hours lecture)
Satisfies General Education for Grossmont College C3, CSU C1 and IGETC 3A
Transfers to CSU and UC

A survey that examines the role and function of photography and its cultural history, including its relationship to art, science, social sciences, travel, fashion, and mass media.  Topics of discussion will focus on the important cultural, aesthetic and technical considerations in photography within the historical and contemporary contexts of works by photographers from the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.  Such topics will include Looking At and Understanding Photographs, The Origins and Development of Photography, A New Aesthetic – 19th Century Photography, Photography and Modernity, Lens Culture and Mass Media as well as The Globalization of Photography in the Digital Age.

PHOT 166 - Image and Idea

3 units - 6 hours per week (2 hours lecture and 4 hours laboratory practice)
Transfers to CSU
Prerequisite: “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in PHOT 150 or 151 or equivalent

This course is an in-depth exploration of photographic imaging with an emphasis on relating historical and contemporary conceptual thought, practice and processes while directing the students’ energies toward a balance of image and idea. Students will develop a language specific for the communication of meaning within their photographs, pushing the medium beyond its pictorial qualities and engaging it into the service of ideas. Lens- and time-based concepts will challenge students’ ongoing work developed in previous classes, as they further examine present day realities, the function of memory, our cultural history, gender identity and the new visceral nature of the medium through contemporary methods, technical strategies, and alternative approaches thus achieving a stronger personal vision. The Photography Program can supply various types of cameras to use during the semester, a 35mm film camera as well as a medium-format or large-format camera.

PHOT 252 - Photographer's Portfolio

3 units - 6 hours per week (2 hours lecture and 4 hours laboratory practice)
Prerequisite: “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in PHOT 151 or equivalent

An advanced course to further the development and refinement of the techniques necessary to support serious photographic communication will be the primary objective of this final course within the major.  Skillful control of modern technological options and clear understanding of historical and contemporary issues within the medium will be applied with a high degree of critical analysis in the production and interpretation of the student’s photographs. A final portfolio, including a print portfolio, portfolio book and/or website, will be produced describing the depth and scope of the student's interest, craft ability and vision. The Photography Program can supply medium and/or large-format film cameras as well as portable strobe lighting systems to use during the semester.

Last Updated: 12/22/2015

Contact

Paul Turounet
Digital Art & Photography Program Advisor
Email: paul.turounet@gcccd.edu

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