Demonstration Room 1015 ... LECTURE 2 HOURS PER Day (MTWT)
Graphics Lab. 1024 ... 2.5 HOURS PER Day
Lab: MTWR 9:00 pm- 12:00 pm, room, 1015
Lecture: MTWR 12:10 - 1:35 pm, room. 1024-A
Phone Nos. Graphics Lab (714) 992-7000>press1>ext.28160
Art Depart. Office (714) 992-7317
This course addresses the technical, aesthetic, and conceptual challenges
implicit with digital photography. The class is structured on
a studio model, in which you can expect to be spending most of your
time in class working on projects under the supervision.
By the end of the course you will be expected to be able to do the following.
• Utilize various digital capture technologies
• Use the computer as you would traditional darkroom controls.
• Use the computer to alter, manipulate, and recombine photographs.
• Effectively convey some artistic, personal, political, or social
• Analyze and comment upon both your own and other people's work
in an informed, helpful manner.
• A portfolio of original digital art work
Attendance of both lectures and labs is critical. The success of this
class relies a upon the ongoing exchange of ideas between participants.
If you cannot make it to a class it is your responsibility to obtain
the information you missed. I don’t repeat lectures. However,
I’m more than happy to clarify any questions you may have. Two
absences, including coming late and/or leaving early will lower your
grade by one full grade. You will be dropped after the third absence.
It is very important that you show up for class promptly and that you
are prepared to work when you arrive. Class meetings will comprise supervised
studio time, discussions of work, demonstrations, and class discussions
from assigned readings.
Use of ipod is not allowed in the class. Out of consideration for others,
please turn your cell phones and pagers off during the lectures.
I will not accept late work. Handing in work late deprives you of critical
feedback from the class and robs your peers of the opportunity to develop
their ability to talk about photographs. Therefore, it is imperative
that work be ready for discussion at the specified time. If you know
you will miss a discussion session, you must see me ahead of time to
make some other arrangements.
Grades are based on the photographs you produce as well as upon your
participation in class‚which includes showing up, being attentive
to your own and others' work, and being prepared to get things done
when you arrive. The specific breakdown of your grade is as follows.
• Projects 40%
• Individual and Group Critiques 20%
• Final Project 40%
If the work is a basic repeat of the work presented to them, the student
will receive a "C". "C" is acceptable completion
of the work and should be considered "average". To be awarded
an "A" or a "B", you will have to do superior or
above average work respectively.
use the following criteria in the grading of your photographs:
1. Technical. Is printing appropriate to the subject
matter? Have materials and processing been handled in a consistent,
2. Formal. Do your photographs effectively employ visual
strategies? Characteristics such as framing, tonality, placement of
subject in the frame, etc. all figure in this level of evaluation.
3. Intention. Do your technical and formal strategies
work effectively together to communicate an intended meaning? Is your
intention significant or trivial, engaging or tedious, ambitious or
or Classroom Critique:
Every 4th day there is a review and presentation of assignments. This
includes the presentation of the required work in front of the class.
The showing of extra or additional work demonstrating, your understanding
of the material may result in extra grade points. The presented work
is to be titled and mounted on mat board using photo-mount or cut window
The final project is your opportunity to apply the techniques and ideas
covered in the course to the production of a portfolio of images whose
subject is of your own choosing. You may elect to revisit and expand
upon one of the topics or approaches covered in prior assignments, or
you may head off in another direction entirely. Your images must related
to one another. In other words, your final group of pictures should
not be a collection of your "greatest hits," but rather a
formally and conceptually unified body of work.
Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long ISBN: 9781584505204
Photo Course by Dennis P. Curtin. (Can be downloaded from photocourse.com
as a PDF file)
The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby Paperback -ISBN:9780321580092
Additional third party text such as: "Adobe Classroom in a Book:
Photoshop CS4" may also be of assistance.
Supplemental Reading: A bookcase of magazines and catalogues is maintained in our lab as a
reference for students.
You will need the following items for the Next class:
Your Photographic Student ID - EVERY TIME YOU WALK INTO THE
LAB, YOU MUST CLOCK IN. These hours are reported to the instructor
and may be used in grading.
Your time spent in the lab is also important for the school; For each
scheduled hour outside of class time the Graphics Lab helps school to
get grants and assistance to buy new equipment and supplies for our
You will need media to store your digital images. You may use USB
Flash drives, or any other media types for this purpose.
disks and media with your names. Always have an extra media for backups.
Backing up your work is an essential part of "safe computing".
Defective disks are not a good excuse for not turning in your assignments.
Color Printing Cards - The color print card is required
if you wish to print on the ACG's color printers or color Copier. The
card price is $12.00 and is available from the bookstore.
• Pricing for laser prints is $ .50 for 81/2x11 $1.00 for 11x17.
• Inkjet prints of your image on various supplied papers types
are charged based on saturation of color evaluated by the lab tech.
• Large format prints 32" wide are $6.00 per linear foot.
• See lab aid for payment by punching out color print card we
cannot take cash.
• See lab tech or myself for printing process to inkjet or large
Information and Policies
Always bring your digital cameras to the class with you.
Attendance will be monitored very closely. Any absences in excess of
three will result in lowering your final grade. The three excused absences
are for illness and emergencies only. In case of absence for any reason
please notify me in advance. If an illness or emergency requires more
than three absences please contact me as soon as possible. Official
documentation will be required.
Class will start promptly at the scheduled time. You are expected to
Please come to class prepared to work. This means that you bring all
the relevant tools, books, notebooks, reference material, and the current
Each student is responsible for all information given out in class whether
or not she/he is present. If you miss a class it is your responsibility
to find out what you missed and catch up. The same is true for assignments.
Projects that are not submitted on time may be penalized. Absence from
class and not knowing what the requirements and due dates of the assignments
are, are not acceptable reasons for turning in work late. Assignments
may be re-done at any time during the course for a higher grade.
You are required to meet for a Final Exam at the end of the semester.
More information will be given nearer the time.
information is excerpted from the current college catalog.
are expected to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting
material which demonstrates their level of knowledge and which is used
to determine grades. Such standards are founded on basic concepts of
integrity and honesty. These include but are not limited to the following
Students shall not plagiarize, which is defined as:
a. stealing or passing off as ones own the ideas or words of another.
b. using a creative production without crediting the source.
following cases constitute plagiarism:
paraphrasing published material; without crediting the source,
making significant use of an idea or a particular arrangement
of ideas, e.g. outlines,
writing a paper after consultation with persons who provide suitable
ideas and incorporating those ideas into the paper without acknowledgment,
submitting under ones own name term papers or other reports
which have been prepared by others.
Students shall not cheat, which is defined as:
a. using notes, aids, or help of other students on tests or exams in
ways other than those expressly permitted by the instructor,
b. misreporting or altering the data in laboratory or research projects
involving the collection of data.
Students shall not furnish materials or information in order to enable
another student to plagiarize or cheat.
may deal with academic dishonesty in one or more of the following ways:
an appropriate academic penalty such as an oral reprimand (as in cases
where there is reasonable doubt that the student knew that the action
violated the standards of honesty); assign an "F" on all or
part of a particular paper, project, or exam (for example where it was
felt that it was a one-time occurrence); or assign an "F"
in the course (as in cases where the dishonesty was serious, premeditated,
or part of an ongoing scheme).
to the appropriate administrators, with notification of same to the
student(s), for disciplinary action by the College. Such a report will
be accompanied by supporting evidence and documentation.
Please take note of the safety features in and close to your
classroom, as well as study the posted evacuation route. The most direct
route of egress may not be the safest because of roofing tiles or other
potentially hazardous conditions. Similarly, running out of the building
can also be dangerous during severe earthquakes. During strong quakes
the recommended response is duck-cover-and hold until the shaking stops.
Follow the guidance of your instructor. You are asked to go to the designated
assembly area. Your cooperation during emergencies can minimize the
possibility of injury to yourself and others.
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College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students
with disabilities upon request of the student (in a timely manner) and
upon verification of the disability.