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      Photography Course List

      The courses in the Bachelor of Science in Photography are designed to provide you with the skills you’ll need to pursue a career in your chosen field. All of our courses are built to challenge you while providing you with industry relevant skills as you learn via multiple interactive methods including text, video, animation, chat and more.

      Total Credit Hours - 180

      Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Photography are required to take a total of 55 courses as follows:

      • 37 core courses
      • 3 core electives
      • 8 required general education courses
      • 7 general education electives

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      Program Courses 111 cr.

      Students are required to take 37 core courses as follows:

      CC420 - Internship
      Through a field internship experience, students will be able to apply acquired subject matter and career/professional skills in a real and practical situation. The main objectives of the internship are to allow students the opportunity to observe and participate in the operation of successful business in relation to their fields of study. The students will gain experience needed to enter the field upon graduation.
      Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of at least 75 credits in their discipline with a 2.75 or higher CGPA
      Credits: 3
      FND112 - Fundamentals of Design

      This course will explore the basic principles of design and introduce the creative process. Design elements and relationships will be identified and employed to establish a basis for critical analysis. Design will be presented as a tool of communication.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      FND115 - Color Theory for Web and Multimedia

      The creative process is introduced using the visual elements of both additive and subtractive color and the basic principles of design. A variety of concepts, materials, and techniques are used in class to investigate the aesthetic and psychological principles of design. Students will be able to utilize the basic principles and elements of design theory as they apply to their assigned projects. This course is equivalent to CC111

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      FND132 - Fundamentals of the Internet

      The increasing use of the Internet and the advent of the World Wide Web have created a growing market for individuals who can integrate aesthetic design principles coupled with Web page scripting skills. Students will create World Wide Web pages utilizing HTML, the basic scripting language of all Web documents, in addition to many of the other effects and extension scripts available for that medium.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      G150 - Introduction to Design Applications

      This course is designed to provide an introduction to the industry-related graphic software applications currently used in the design professions. Students will be introduced to basic skills and technical devices for electronic production of visual communication. The three areas of concentration are digital illustration, image/photographic manipulation, and page layout.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      G212 - Electronic Design

      This course will explore various means of indicating, placing and manipulating visual elements in page design, systematically developing strong and creative layout solutions by means of a cumulative, conceptual design process. The ability to effectively integrate photographs, illustrations, display and type will be developed using page composition software.

      Prerequisite(s):
      G150 and FND112 or PH135
      Credits: 3
      PH123 - Principles of Digital Photography

      In this fundamental course, students will identify basic photographic tools and their intended purposes, including the proper use of various camera systems and a light meter. Students will analyze photographs to determine their positive and negative attributes and apply these principles to produce their own visually compelling images by employing the correct photographic techniques.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      PH124 - Digital Image Management

      In this introduction to the basics of digital photographic postproduction, the student will become acquainted with the terms, concepts, and processes of photographic editing. Areas of instruction will include hardware and software related to image acquisition and management, general corrections and manipulation, and modes for output.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Corequisite: PH123
      Credits: 3
      PH133 - Introduction to Photojournalism

      An introduction to using pictures to tell stories and develop themes.

      Prerequisite(s): PH123
      Credits: 3
      PH134 - Digital Image Illustration

      This class provides students with a more in-depth experience using digital imaging software. Students will explore channels, masks, basic compositing, vector tools, and layer techniques. In addition, the course will cover efficient workflow from input to output, color correction, and elementary color management.

      Prerequisite(s): PH124
      Credits: 3
      PH135 - Photographic Design

      This course requires students to demonstrate the ability to define and solve advanced design problems. Students will analyze the characteristics and purposes of various problems and then offer clear and creative solutions for each. Students are expected to communicate ideas using symbolism appropriately.

      Prerequisite(s): PH123
      Credits: 3
      PH136 - Lighting

      In this course, students will be introduced to the basic concepts and principles of lighting for photography. The course will cover the fundamentals of recognizing and controlling both natural and studio lighting with emphasis on the quality, quantity, and direction and its effect on the photographic image.

      Prerequisite(s): PH123
      Credits: 3
      PH212 - Studio Photography

      The challenges of studio photography are studied via a variety of assignments that require students to photographically render various subjects with the appropriate clarity and artistry dictated by the assignment criteria.

      Prerequisite(s):
      PH132 or PH136
      Credits: 3
      PH222 - Portraiture

      Students will create portraits of human subjects using a variety of available and artificial lighting schemes.

      Prerequisite(s):
      FND112 or PH135, PH212
      Credits: 3
      PH223 - Magazine Photography

      Students will have the opportunity to create editorially related content for general interest formats, industrial journals and corporate public relations publications including photographs and text.

      Prerequisite(s): PH222 PH231
      Credits: 3
      PH224 - Advanced Studio Techniques

      Students employ and expand on their existing skills in lighting, camera operations, and use of props to analyze and create solutions technically and stylistically suitable for commercial application in studio and on-location photography.

      Prerequisite(s): PH212
      Credits: 3
      PH225 - Color Management

      Fundamental color management techniques will be taught. Students will learn the calibration of input and output devices to produce consistent, predictable color.

      Prerequisite(s): PH134
      Credits: 3
      PH226 - Printing

      This course will prepare students to execute a variety of advanced output methods commensurate with industry needs. Students will refine printing skills to create a benchmark for quality digital outputting. These refinements will be carried over into digital printing with ink-jet and other digital out-put systems. Students will develop advanced proficiencies in file preparation, resolution selection, print-profiling, paper selection and soft-proofing techniques.

      Prerequisite(s): PH225
      Credits: 3
      PH227 - Digital Darkroom

      Emphasis will be placed on those digital techniques the correspond to traditional darkroom processes. The course will address issues related to color theory, resolution, contrast and density controls, and the production of professional quality digital prints from scanned film and direct digital capture.

      Prerequisite(s): PH225
      Credits: 3
      PH231 - Editorial Photography

      An introduction to location style portraiture and lighting techniques.

      Prerequisite(s):
      PH213 or PH227
      Credits: 3
      PH233 - Portfolio Fundamentals

      This course will introduce the student to the steps in developing a working visual portfolio. The student will build a portfolio that competently reflects their technical and creative strengths, subject concentrations and displays an understanding of the contemporary market.

      Prerequisite(s): PH341
      Credits: 3
      PH301 - Business of Photography

      This course is an overview of current trends and an assessment of the skills and materials necessary for a student to comprehend small business operations and/or make themselves productive members of a commercially viable team.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      PH309 - Photo Criticism

      This course will develop the student's ability to read, analyze, and talk about photographic images.

      Prerequisite(s): PH333
      Credits: 3
      PH310 - Advertising Photography

      In this course students will learn contemporary advertising techniques utilizing medium and large format as well as digital capture.

      Prerequisite(s):
      PH222 or PH224
      Credits: 3
      PH320 - Advertising Photography II

      In this course, students use a combination of 4x5 view cameras, digital image capture and medium format photography. Related assignments place emphasis on meeting specific market and client needs.

      Prerequisite(s): PH310
      Credits: 3
      PH323 - Portraiture II

      In this course the student will learn a variety of advanced portrait techniques.

      Prerequisite(s): PH222
      Credits: 3
      PH326 - Photo History I

      A survey of early photographic history and its relevance to current practice.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      PH331 - Location Photography

      This course examines the demands of on-location photography. Students will meet with clients, discuss practical applications and research tasks. Assignments will stress location identification, communication skills, preparation, time management, transportation, lighting techniques, execution and billing.

      Prerequisite(s): PH320
      Credits: 3
      PH332 - Business of Photography II

      An in-depth course covering the law regarding photography and the licensing of images.

      Prerequisite(s): PH301
      Credits: 3
      PH333 - History of Photography II

      This course provides a study of social ideas and trends and their influence on contemporary visual culture from the 1940s to present.

      Prerequisite(s): PH326
      Credits: 3
      PH340 - Creative Concepts

      This course concentrates upon the exploration of image concepts, content, symbolism, and narrative potential of photography. Emphasis will be placed upon experimenting with alternatives to the single "documentary style" traditional approach to photography. Students will be challenged to develop a wider understanding of possible photographic solutions to problems of communication and self-expression.

      Prerequisite(s): PH231
      Credits: 3
      PH341 - Portfolio Exploration

      Students begin the portfolio process by exploring creative and professional possibilities to determine a direction for their work that forms the foundation for their graduate portfolio. Students investigate industry standards and current trends in portfolio presentation.

      Prerequisite(s): PH301
      Credits: 3
      PH342 - Photo Essay

      In this course, the student will develop extended photographic narratives. This course will carry the student through the process of producing sets of imagery that conveys a story or ideas that have little written narrative support. Photographs will be analyzed not only for their stand-alone creative content, but for their ability to introduce transition and conclude a picture story with maximum visual effect. The success of the essay will be through historical and cultural context, in-depth research and methods of project development.

      Prerequisite(s): PH331
      Credits: 3
      PH343 - Marketing

      This course is an in-depth course covering marketing principles, business and career strategy, planning and job search tools in the photography industry.

      Prerequisite(s): PH301 PH341
      Credits: 3
      PH412 - Project Development

      An exploration of the process of working through a project, from the original idea to the successful image.

      Prerequisite(s):
      90 credits successfully completed in program of study
      Credits: 3
      PH420 - Thesis

      Students will work with the teacher to design an extended personal project both conceptually and physically. This work will constitute a significant part of the graduating portfolio.

      Prerequisite(s):
      150 credits completed in the program of study
      Credits: 3
      PH431 - eFolio

      In this course students prepare an electronic portfolio demonstrating their achievements in electronic imaging production. Individual portfolio orientation is emphasized, resulting in a CD package using Web applications.

      Prerequisite(s):
      165 credits successfully completed in program of study
      Credits: 3


      Core Electives 9 cr.

      Students are required to take 3 core elective courses as follows:

      DFV120 - Video I

      Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of technical terms of video production and industry uses of basic video production equipment and techniques.

      Prerequisite(s):
      FND134 or FND130
      Credits: 3
      PH213 - News Photography

      A course in news and sports coverage geared toward publication in a daily, metropolitan newspaper.

      Prerequisite(s): PH133
      Credits: 3
      PH314 - Nature Photography

      A course in illustrating stories for outdoor, nature and scientific publication.

      Prerequisite(s): PH133
      Credits: 3
      PH321 - Documentary

      A course dealing with the methods, techniques and goal of in-depth research and storytelling.

      Prerequisite(s):
      PH324 or PH342
      Credits: 3
      PH324 - Press Photography

      A course dealing with all aspects of daily newspaper production including news, events, sports, and features.

      Prerequisite(s): PH223
      Credits: 3
      PH435 - Figure/Fashion Photography

      This course is an in-depth application of photographic techniques, styles and approaches to communicating a fashion concept.

      Prerequisite(s): PH223
      Credits: 3
      PH436 - Architectural Photography

      This course covers the fundamentals of photographing interior and exterior architectural spaces. Techniques include applying perspective controls and mixed lighting for photographic three- dimensional spatial representation.

      Prerequisite(s): PH320
      Credits: 3


      General Education 32 cr.

      Students are required to take 8 required general education courses as follows:

      ART1000 - Introduction to the Visual Arts

      This course will introduce students to the central principles in art, architecture, and design by using an interdisciplinary approach to examine the creative process, the historical and cultural background, and the various stylistic influences that go into making different forms of art. The course will build visual analysis skills through the development of specific art vocabulary.   By examining art in a variety of artistic fields, students will gain an enriched understanding of the interconnectedness of the arts in their social, cultural, and academic contexts.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      ART1030 - Art History: From the Early Modern to the Contemporary

      This course is an introduction to Western art before the Neoclassical from ca. 1700 CE to the present day and covers Neo-Classicism, Realism, Impressionism and Modernist movements from Fauvism through Abstract Expressionism to Contemporary. Concepts such as artists’ influence, artistic motifs, stylistic evolution, cultural context, patronage, function, reception, and censorship as well as the incorporation of non-European art forms into the Western Tradition will becovered in this class. The course is designed to help students increase their art historical vocabulary for discussing an art object’s medium, composition, style, and iconography.  

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      COM1010 - Introduction to Communications

       

      In this course students will develop and refine oral and written presentation skills focusing on compiling, organizing and outlining the research material. Through a series of speeches, students will work to become better public speakers and have a basic understanding of various theories of communication. Emphasis is placed on communication theories and techniques used in interpersonal group, public, intercultural, and mass communication situations.

       

       

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1010
      Credits: 4
      COM3010 - Advanced Communications
      The purpose of this course is to examine the theoretical and practical aspects involved in effective communication. The course will emphasize essential elements of communication in both personal and professional environments as well as identify and analyze efficient oral and written delivery techniques.
      Prerequisite(s): COM1010 COM2005 ENG1010
      Credits: 4
      ENG1010 - Composition and Language

      Students will be introduced to college level writing processes, including theme, composition, and research. Students will adhere to standard conventions of written English.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      ENG1020 - Composition and Language II

      An extension of Composition and Language I with an emphasis on the refinement of individual skills, writing styles and voices, and on research procedures. Selected readings in prose, drama, and poetry supplement the course and provide topics for discussion and written assignments. A series of short papers, including documentation, may be required.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1010
      Credits: 4
      MTH1010 - College Math

      Concepts of algebra including linear and quadratic equations, polynomials, exponents, logarithms and functions. Emphasis on graphical representations of functions. This course is designed to build an adequate background for the college-level mathematics, science and business courses.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      PHI1010 - Introduction to Ethics

      This course provides a philosophical study of moral values. Ethics is the exploration of the ways in which persons make judgments about what is right and wrong. Philosophers have proposed answers to these profound issues and questions.  This course will cover the three main types of ethical philosophies: consequentialism, deontology and virtue ethics. These ethical theories willbe critically evaluated in terms of their strengths and weaknesses on both theoretical and practical levels. The latter will be explored through the application of these theories to case studies taken from current events, allowing students to see how these approaches can provide resources for tackling difficult moral issues that can appear in almost every dimension oftheir lives.

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1010
      Credits: 4


      General Education Electives 28 cr.

      Students are required to take 7 general education electives.

      One General Education Elective course must be taken from each area: English, Science/Math, Humanities, and Social Science.  Three General Education Elective courses must be at the 2000-level or higher, and three additional courses must be at the 3000-level or higher.

       

      Some courses are offered on a rotating basis.



      Transitional Courses 0-9 cr.

      Placement tests in Math and English are administered to determine if a student needs additional preparation in either of these areas.  If a need is indicated, accepted applicants are placed in developmental courses on the basis of their placement test scores and/or transfer credit.  Students must successfully complete or place out of transitional courses in order to progress in the program. Transitional course credits do not count towards the total number of credits for graduation or cumulative grade point average.  Taking transitional classes increases the number of courses a student will take and may extend the number of quarters a student will be in attendance.

       

      ENG095 - Reading and Writing Skills

      This course emphasizes the study of basic competencies needed in order to perform satisfactorily in a college-level English course. Specifically, this includes grammatical, mechanical, and usage skills essential to produce competent paragraphs and essays.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits:
      MTH099 - Basic Mathematics
      This course emphasizes the study of basic competencies needed in order to perform satisfactorily in a college-level basic mathematics course. Specifically this includes concepts and applications of whole numbers, decimals, fractions, percents, the order of operations and signed numbers.
      Prerequisite(s): MTH100 requires a C or better for a passing grade. Once placed in MTH099 you must pass both Transitional Math courses (MTH099 and MTH100) with a C or better before taking College Math (MTH101).
      Credits: 3
      MTH100 - Elementary Algebra

      This course emphasizes the study of basic algebraic concepts needed to perform satisfactorily in the college-level mathematics course. Specifically, this includes signed numbers, variables, exponents, equations, inequalities, graphing techniques, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions and applications.

      Prerequisite(s): MTH099
      Credits: 0
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