VAFA257 Large Format Photography

Department of The Arts: Photography

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA257 Large Format Photography
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
4050
IV. Prerequisites
VAFA151 (C or better)
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
There is a studio supply cost for this course listed in the catalogue. Additional lab hours are required.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course introduces students to the operation and current practices associated with view cameras. Students learn about lens selection, the use of camera swings and tilts, and processing procedures for sheet film. Students produce images in both the traditional darkroom and the digital lab.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. operate large format cameras;
      2. apply the principles of Zone System;
      3. apply split-filtering exposure techniques utilizing multi-grade, fiber based paper;
      4. develop an understanding of archival processing and print toning;
      5. prepare and scan negatives for digital output; and
      6. demonstrate the ability to produce images in both the traditional darkroom and the digital lab.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. camera control
    2. exposure meters
    3. the Zone System
    4. aesthetics of large format photographs
    5. architectural photography
    6. landscape photography
    7. portraiture
    8. toners
    9. production of black/white and color negatives
    10. scanning and digital printing of negatives
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Student assessment is based on the successful completion of assigned projects, the presentation of projects, and critiques. The course culminates in the production of a final project/portfolio of high-quality printed images accompanied by a statement that addresses the concept and technical achievements of the work using appropriate vocabulary.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    1. 35 mm camera with manual control ability (student will be required to have)
    2. Film and photographic paper
    3. Darkroom & chemistry
    4. Handouts are often given
    5. 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