VSC 165 Photography I


Campus Location:
Dover
Effective Date:
2018-51
Prerequisite:
ENG 090 or ENG 091 or concurrent, SSC 100 or concurrent
Co-Requisites:

none

Course Credits and Hours:
3.00 credits
2.00 lecture hours/week
3.00 lab hours/week
Course Description:

This course introduces the digital camera, its exposure controls, and the creative decision-making necessary to create quality digital images. Topics include management of shutter speed, ISO, aperture, depth of field, and composition as well as aesthetic and conceptual issues relevant to professional practice.

Required Text(s):

Obtain current textbook information by viewing the campus bookstore online or visit a campus bookstore. Check your course schedule for the course number and section.

Additional Materials:

Black Matte Board (several sheets)
Utility knife or X-ACTO knife and extra blades
8x10 hardbound sketchbook
Flash drive or cloud storage
DSLR Camera
Memory Card & Reader
Battery & Charger

Schedule Type:
Classroom Course
Disclaimer:

None

Core Course Performance Objectives (CCPOs):
  1. Identify key figures in the history of modern photography. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC ADD 1, 5; MMD 1, 5; PHI 1, 5)
  2. Discuss the basic elements and principles of design as it pertains to photography (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC ADD 3, 4, 5; MMD 3, 4, 5; PHI 3, 4, 5)
  3. Apply project planning, project management, copyright and fair use, and teamwork principles as they pertain to photography. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC ADD 1, 3, 4, 5, 6; MMD 1, 3, 4, 5, 6; PHI 1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  4. Explain the main features of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) digital camera. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC ADD 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; MMD 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PHI 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  5. Operate the manual controls of a digital camera to create images with correct exposures. (CCC 1, 2, 4, 5, 6; PGC PHI 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  6. Create, present, and defend conceptual images and technical merits of work, and use constructive criticism in formal critiques to make improvements. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PGC ADD 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; MMD 2, 3, 4, 5, 6; PHI 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.

Measurable Performance Objectives (MPOs):

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Identify key figures in the history of modern photography.
    1. Identify key masterworks of photography and their creators.
  2. Discuss the basic elements and principles of design as it pertains to photography.
    1. Explain image resolution, image size, and image file format for web, video, and print.
    2. Identify design principles, elements, and image composition.
    3. Define key terminology of digital images.
  3. Apply project planning, project management, copyright and fair use, and teamwork principles as they pertain to photography.
    1. Interpret the purpose, and audience needs for preparing image(s) that meet project requirements.
    2. Communicate design plans with other members of the design team and/or clients.
    3. Explain standard copyright rules for images and image use.
    4. Describe project management tasks and responsibilities.
    5. Prepare a review and redesign cycle based on feedback.
  4. Explain the main features of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) digital camera.
    1. Set focus.
    2. Set exposure and manipulate manual functions, including shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.
    3. Adjust clarity of the image with depth of field and panning techniques.
    4. Adjust the clarity of an image with slow and fast shutter speeds.
    5. Transfer image files to a computer.
  5. Operate the manual controls of a digital camera to create images with correct exposures.
    1. Adjust exposure by manipulating shutter speed controls.
    2. Adjust exposure by manipulating aperture settings.
    3. Adjust exposure in the form of depth of field adjustments to the aperture settings.
    4. Adjust clarity of the image with the focus mechanism.
    5. Adjust exposure by manipulating ISO.
  6. Create, present, and defend conceptual images and technical merits of work, and use constructive criticism in formal critiques to make improvements.
    1. Critique images for design and aesthetic quality.
    2. Critique images for their technical merit.
    3. Demonstrate proper use of the rule of thirds, framal reference, and symmetrical compositions.
    4. Use basic lighting set-ups to create varied portrait arrangements.
    5. Apply basic color theory by using various color schemes.
    6. Select and edit a portfolio of images that is aesthetically and technically suitable for consideration as a capstone to the course.
Evaluation Criteria/Policies:

Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:

92 100 = A
83 91 = B
75 82 = C
0 74 = F

Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.

 
Core Curriculum Competencies (CCCs are the competencies every graduate will develop):
  1. Apply clear and effective communication skills.
  2. Use critical thinking to solve problems.
  3. Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
  4. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
  5. Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
  6. Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
Program Graduate Competencies (PGCs are the competencies every graduate will develop specific to his or her major):

VSCAASADD

  1. Integrate the principles and elements of design into cohesive problem solving techniques for advertising design assignments.
  2. Create or evaluate and select, illustrative or photographic imagery for use in effectively evoking a response within an ad-design solution’s target market.
  3. Critique design solutions and develop strategies for strengthening their conceptual and technical effectiveness.
  4. Structure a problem solving strategy for delivery of the client’s message to his market, making efficient use of current design, production and delivery technologies.
  5. Synthesize components of ad-design solutions into cohesive presentations to/for clients that are technically and conceptually effective.
  6. Integrate professional, ethical, and legal standards into business practice.

VSCAASMMD

  1. Integrate the principles and elements of design into cohesive problem solving techniques for multimedia/web design assignments.
  2. Critique design solutions and develop strategies for strengthening their conceptual and technical effectiveness.
  3. Structure a problem solving strategy for delivery of the client’s message to his market, making efficient use of current design, production and delivery technologies.
  4. Synthesize components of multimedia/web solutions into cohesive presentations to/for clients that are technically and conceptually effective.
  5. Create or evaluate and select illustrative, photographic, layout, and/or responsive imagery for use in effectively evoking digital/web-based solutions for multiple devices.
  6. Integrate professional, ethical, and legal standards into business practice.

VSCAASPHI

  1. Integrate principles and elements of design into cohesive problem solving techniques for photographic and video assignments.
  2. Critique digital photographic and/ or video images and develop strategies for strengthening their conceptual and technical effectiveness.
  3. Structure a problem solving strategy for delivery of the client’s message to his market, making efficient use of current design, production and delivery technologies.
  4. Synthesize photographic images and / or video from a variety of sources and formats into cohesive presentations to/for clients that are technically and conceptually effective.
  5. Collaborate with art directors, clients, models and others to achieve the desired conceptual effect of requested imagery.
  6. Integrate professional, ethical, and legal standards into business practice.
Disabilities Support Statement:

The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.

Minimum Technology Requirements:
Minimum technology requirements for online, hybrid, video conferencing and web conferencing courses.