VAFA151 Introduction to Photography

Department of The Arts: Arts Department Archive

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA151 Introduction to Photography Course No Longer Offered
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

It is required that students have a 35mm SLR camera (capable of manual control/operation). There is a studio supply cost for this course listed in the catalogue. Additional lab hours are required.

This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities.

VI. Catalog Course Description
Students learn the basic photographic processes, from making an exposure to making a final print. Students use the camera and darkroom techniques in black and white still photography to explore the visual world. The course is designed to treat photography as a medium of personal expression.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. apply skills in the use of black and white photography;
    2. demonstrate competency in the exposure, development, and printing of negatives in black and white photography;
    3. develop an appreciation of the historical development of photography;
    4. develop their creative, expressive, and aesthetic skills through the production of photographic imagery [Arts/Humanities];
    5. apply the vocabulary of the arts as they develop rhetorical skills regarding their own work and that of others in the class; and
    6. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. operations of an SLR camera (including loading film, focusing, rewinding, releasing the shutter, etc.)
    2. characteristics and differences of the various formats (35mm, medium format, large format)
    3. principles of light and exposure
    4. elements of shutter speed and aperture
    5. meter readings from a grey card
    6. contemporary B&W films and successful control of the subsequent development/processing of those films
    7. basic darkroom procedures, including making proof-prints, contact sheets, test-strips, and enlargements
    8. control contrast of photo through the use of contrast filters
    9. work for presentation (including spotting final prints and other presentation/portfolio concerns)
    10. language and terminology of photography
    11. student and group critiques that examine the technical and aesthetic proficiency of photographs created in the course
    12. history of photography and some of the significant contributions made by major photographers
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment is based on tests/quizzes, together with the successful completion of assigned projects, the presentation of projects, and critiques.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    1. 35 mm camera with manual control ability (student will be required to have)
    2. Film and photographic paper
    3. Handouts are often given
    4. A reference book is often required
    5. Darkroom equipment and chemistry
    6. See course syllabus

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 3/2010; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015