VAFA110 Digital Photography Fundamentals
Department of The Arts: Photography
- I. Course Number and Title
- VAFA110 Digital Photography Fundamentals
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- Students are required to provide their own digital camera (minimum 5-6 megapixel) and memory cards. Additional lab hours are required.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- Students are introduced to digital-based photographic imagery. The course examines the potential inherent in the methods, techniques, and applications of digital photography as a means of personal expression. Students produce a portfolio of images for presentation
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- gain and demonstrate competency in the use of a digital camera for taking photos (including image capture, as well as compositional concerns);
- employ the basic software/tools used in the manipulation and control of digital imagery (resizing, cropping, editing tools, color control, layers, etc.);
- develop an appreciation of the historical development of photography and the role (and development) of digital based imagery;
- develop their creative, expressive, and aesthetic skills through the production of photographic imagery, including a final project/portfolio;
- apply the vocabulary of the arts as they develop rhetorical skills regarding their own work and that of others in the class; and
- analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
- Core (if applicable) Category I:
- create a unique, personal, finished product appropriate to the medium.
- perform a critical examination and assessment of their work, as well as the work of others.
- demonstrate an understanding of the language, formal qualities, structure, and interpretive methodologies relative to the medium.
- articulate how they got from the initial concept to the final product.
Creative ExpressionStudents will:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:The course provides students with a basic working knowledge of the materials and techniques used to produce digitally-generated photographic imagery. The course begins with the discussion of the materials and terminology of digital photography, including camera, hardware, and software concerns. A progression of topics follow, including basic to more advanced camera operation, image capture, image manipulation/editing, image file saving and storage concerns, and the presentation of images. In addition to the required technical information, this course introduces the history of digital photography and explores photographs as a vehicle of visual communication and as a means of personal creative expression.
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Student assessment is based on tests/quizzes, together with the successful completion of assigned projects, the presentation of projects, and critiques.
- Core (if applicable) The core learning goal of creative expression is assessed on the basis of a final project/portfolio accompanied by a written statement that addresses the overall concept of the project and its development using appropriate technical and aesthetic vocabulary.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:
- digital camera (minimum of 5-6 megapixels)
- computer workstation (with Internet/web connection)
- image editing software
- instructor selected textbook and/or other supplementary text based materials (including CD-ROMs, websites, etc. at the discretion of the instructor)
- supplementary digitally-projected/presented images
- see course format
- VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
- Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 3/2010; Revised 4/2012