ART 236 - Digital Photography I

Course Description

This course introduces students to digital photography and the computer as a darkroom tool. Students will gain an understanding of how digital cameras work, image capturing, manipulation and the fine art of making a digital print. Contemporary and historic styles in photography and composition will be introduced with an emphasis on aesthetic, technical, and conceptual practices. Demonstration, discussion and formal critiques will augment studio work.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Understand technical and aesthetic differences between analog and digital photography.
Demonstrate the fundamental skills of digital camera and light meter operation.
Demonstrate proper camera and digital processing techniques in production of a work of art.
Demonstrate an understanding of the photographic image in terms of light, shape, form and organization of the two-dimensional plane.
Make informed choices about composition when photographing and editing images.
Demonstrate proficiency with professional computer software and hardware relevant to digital photography.
Print raster-based graphics on black and white and color printers.
Use online seasrch tools for college-level research using appropriate hardware and software.
Produce content as an effective form of visual communication.
Communicate issues of critical thinking skills through the creation of digital arworks and participation in the formal critique process.

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: ENG 050, REA 050 and MAT 040