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Photography (PHOTO)

PHOTO 100 (GA) Introduction to Photography (3) An introduction to the aesthetics, history, and science of photography including practical and critical approaches to the art of photography.

PHOTO 100 Introduction to Photography (3)

PHOTO 100 is an introduction to the aesthetics, history, and science of photography including practical and critical approaches to the art of photography for beginning students.

The course will introduce students to photography as an art form and as an important medium in commercial applications, news and journalism, science, and industry. The course will look at photography in a social/historical context and showcase the work of important photographers. The course will examine the impact of technological, economic, and cultural forces on photography and, in turn, the role that it plays in our daily life, culture, and society.

The course will also expose students to the various styles and techniques used in making photographs and give them the opportunity to gain experience and practical know-how in creating their own photographs. Through the process of assembling and critically examining "galleries" of their own work and the work of others, they will be encouraged to develop a more informed critical point of view about photography as an art and important form of human expression.

Grading will be based on three photographic assignments that will account for 50% of the semester grade. In addition, there will be four exams (on photographic history, aesthetics, technical aspects of photography, and image manipulation) that will account for 40% of the semester grade. The remaining 10% of the semester grade will be based on participation in class critiques.

Students will be required to have access to a digital camera and the internet.

PHOTO 100 will be offered in the fall and spring semesters each year.

General Education: GA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Arts
Effective: Spring 2006

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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