Students pursuing a Photography minor develop their artistic, creative and technical capabilities to communicate effectively using digital images. The minor provides a solid foundation in the fundamentals of operating digital cameras and editing images using Adobe Photoshop. Elective courses allow students to tailor their studies in various directions, such as multimedia or photojournalism. Students create online portfolios to showcase their work. Open to all majors, including Communications

  • COM1410 Digital Photography I
  • COM2411 Digital Photography II

Choose four from the following courses:

  • COM2460 History of Photojournalism
  • COM3200 Film as Literary Narrative
  • COM3290 Great Directors
  • COM3411 Documentary Photography Projects
  • COM3461 Photojournalism
  • COM3462 Advanced Photography
  • VDA2210 Digital Storytelling
  • VDA2640 Cultivating Creativity

Course Descriptions

Fundamental visual art principles constitute the basis of effective visual communication. This hands-on course explores these fundamentals while applying the creative approaches unique to digital photography. Students will learn how to use advanced digital cameras (DSLR) to create an on-line portfolio, as well techniques to manage and archive media. In addition, students will develop a framework to analyze and evaluate photographs, whether created by themselves or others. PREREQUISITE: None

This course builds on and deepens work with the fundamental visual art principles introduced in Digital Photography I. Students will employ advanced techniques using digital cameras and the college’s digital darkroom (Adobe Photoshop). Students will enhance their online portfolios, as well as create hands-on communication projects that benefit the college community. The framework for analyzing and evaluating images will be expanded.

This course is a survey of photojournalism, tracing the development from Civil War origins to contemporary practice. Changes in photographic technology and the resulting impact on the craft will be examined. Students will discuss the role of photojournalists who record history in a society built on images.

In this course, the basis of our study is comprised of the careful viewing and detailed intensive analysis of five (5) contemporary American classics. Students analyze technique and content, as well as artistic vision, linking dramatic action to technical elements that define film as an art form.

One approach to cinematic studies is to consider the films of certain recognized great directors. Among the directors to be considered in this course are Alfred Hitchcock, Spike Lee and Francois Truffaut.

This course is and advanced level course for students who want to pursue in-depth photography projects. The interdisciplinary projects combine image making with areas of student academic focus. The projects often include documenting comminity activities and organizations. Final work will be presented in a variety of digital and analog formats. Lab fee charge.

Students will learn how to find news stories, cover the issues and present the results. From creating single images with captions to photo-essays with text, students will combine the disciplines of photography and journalism to become visual storytellers. Ethics, integrity and accuracy will be emphasized, along with creating content for The Yellow Jacket. Lab fee charged.

This course cultivates the development of a student’s personal photographic style. Students will consciously explore a range of genres, such as nature photography, abstract photography, commercial photography and landscape photography. Students will also investigate a variety of tools, ranging from shooting film to using studio lighting. Culminating projects that benefit the college community will be created. Lab fee charged.

The cinema has emerged as one of the most powerful socializing forces in modern society. This survey course traces the development of modern film in the 20th Century.

Students will learn how to communicate multilevel stories of a place, moment, person or time by creating multimedia projects. Working with text, still photography, video, music and audio, students will create digital stories and post them online. Students will combine timeless art principles (including viewpoint, composition, light, angle and setting) with literary fundamentals (such plot diagramming and character development) to create modern video projects.

The premise of this course is that a creative mindset can be consciously cultivated. Students will immerse themselves in the artistic process, developing tools and techniques necessary to become effective creative problem solvers. Experiential classes will combine hands-on art making with the study of research-based theories. To build art making confidence, the course kicks off with the easy to learn and relaxing Zentangle method of drawing. Lab fee charged. PREREQUISITE: None
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