VAFA110 Digital Photography Fundamentals

Department of The Arts: Arts Department Archive

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA110 Digital Photography Fundamentals Course No Longer Offered
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
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.

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

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
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. gain and demonstrate competency in the use of a digital camera for taking photos (including image capture, as well as compositional concerns);
    2. employ the basic software/tools used in the manipulation and control of digital imagery (resizing, cropping, editing tools, color control, layers, etc.);
    3. develop an appreciation of the historical development of photography and the role (and development) of digital based imagery;
    4. develop their creative, expressive, and aesthetic skills through the production of photographic imagery, including a final project/portfolio [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

    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.
  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. Digital camera (minimum of 5-6 megapixels)
    2. Computer workstation (with Internet/web connection)
    3. Image editing software
    4. Instructor selected textbook and/or other supplementary text-based materials (including CD-ROMs, websites, etc., at the discretion of the instructor)
    5. Supplementary digitally-projected/presented images
    6. See course syllabus

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