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Program Contacts

Instructional Specialist Demi Anderson (928) 776-2035
Instructional Specialist Michelle Peters (928) 776-2035
Dean Craig Ralston (928) 776-2311

Quick Facts


About the Photography Certificate

The Photography certificate focuses on proficiency in analog and digital photography skills, basic design skills, and marketing skills to prepare students for entry-level employment in the various photography fields.

Students will develop technical competencies in analog and digital photographic processes.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Photography Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

 

  1. Articulate and use compositional elements of the photographic image. (ART 112, ART 150, ART 151, ART 154, ART 156, ART 157, ART 258)
  2. Identify properties of light and their visual impact. (ART 150, ART 151, ART 154, ART 156, ART 157, ART 258)
  3. Construct lighting set-ups for various commercial and fine art applications. (ART 150, ART 151, ART 154, ART 156, ART 157, ART 258)
  4. Edit images for output in the traditional and digital darkroom. (ART 137, ART 150, ART 151, ART 154, ART 156, ART 157, ART 230, ART 237, ART 258)
  5. Work independently or as a team to successfully complete photographic projects. (ART 137, ART 150, ART 151, ART 154, ART 156, ART 157, ART 230, ART 237, ART 296)
  6. Articulate and apply industry standard business practices. (ART 232, BSA 231)
  7. Develop creative solutions to visual problems. (ART 112, ART 130, ART 137, ART 150, ART 151, ART 154, ART 156, ART 157, ART 230, ART 232, ART 237, ART 258, ART 296)
  8. Identify, analyze, synthesize and communicate design principles. (ART 112, ART 137, ART 150, ART 151, ART 154, ART 156, ART 157, ART 230, ART 232. ART 237, ART 258, ART 296)
  9. Identify and articulate traditional and non-traditional art examples and how those examples affect popular visual literacy. (ART 112, ART 137, ART 150, ART 151, ART 154, ART 156, ART 157, ART 230, ART 232, ART 237, ART 258, ART 296)
 

Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
ART112 Two-Dimensional Design

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 112. Two-Dimensional Design (3). Shared Unique Numbering LogoART 1112 . Introduction to visual language utilized in all areas of art. Basic compositional principles and elements of two-dimensional design practiced through assigned projects. Various media explored. Application of design principles. Two lecture. Four lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Creative process
2. Application of design principles
a. Unity and variety
b. Rhythm
c. Balance
d. Emphasis and focal point
e. Proportion and scale
3. Application of design elements
a. Shape and volume
b.Space
c. Line
d. Texture
e. Light
f. Color
g. Time
h. Value
4. Two-dimensional art media tools
5. Formal elements and principles of design
6. Historical and contemporary art examples
7. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Define and employ the steps of the creative process. (1)
2. Use design principles to develop two-dimensional works of art. (2)
a. Unity and variety
b. Rhythm
c. Balance
d. Emphasis and focal point
e. Proportion and scale
3. Use design elements to develop two-dimensional works of art. (3)
a. Shape and volume
b. Space
c. Line
d. Texture
e. Color
f. Value
4. Use art media and tools to create two-dimensional works of art. (4)
5. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (5)
6. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of teh fine rts or crafts. (6)
7. Use media specifric terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (7)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART137 Adobe Photoshop I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 137. Adobe Photoshop I (3). Digital image fundamentals. Technical and creative use of Adobe® Photoshop® image manipulation software. Use of peripheral commercial hardware and software for image capture. Application of design principles. Two lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Digital image fundamentals
2. Adobe® Photoshop® software program
3. Digital image capture
4. Digital image import
5. Digital image export
6. Digital image manipulation
7. Digital image composition
8. Digital image output processes
9. Formal elements and principles of design
10. Historical and contemorary art examples
11. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Articulate compositional elements of the digital image.
2. Use the functions of the Adobe Photoshop image manipulation program.
3. Convert images to a digital format using scanning hardware and software.
4. Import elements into an Adobe Photoshop document.
5. Export Adobe Photoshop images to other software programs.
6. Manipulate and enhance digital images.
7. Plan, design and execute an original digital image project.
8. Output digital images to a printer or electronic file.
9. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design.
10. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts.
11. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art.

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART150 Photography I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 150. Photography I (3). Fundamentals of photography. Creative camera operation. Identifying, measuring and controlling light values. Basic darkroom techniques and controls including film processing, contact printing and enlarging. Exhibition quality photography. Application of design principles. One lecture. Five lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Basic vocabulary
2. Manual, fully adjustable 35mm camera and lens options
3. Aperture and shutter speed
4. Creative depth of field options
5. Shutter speed control
6. Light measurement and light meter reading
7. Light values and properties
8. Properties of black and white and color film
9. Film processing techniques
10. Darkroom enlarging and processing techniques
11. Image contrast and density control
12. Split filtration of contrast enlarging filters
13. Image cropping techniques
14. Print presentation and preservation techniques
15. Model release and copyright issues
16. Record keeping and organization
17. Formal elements and principles of design
18. Historical and contemporary art examples
19. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Analyze photographic images and express an informed opinion about technical and aesthetic characteristics using the basic vocabulary of the photographic idiom. (1, 19)
2. Use a manual, fully adjustable 35mm camera. (2)
3. Choose appropriate aperture and shutter speed exposure combinations. (3)
4. Vary the depth of field using aperture settings for visual impact. (4)
5. Control motion using shutter speed setting for visual impact. (5)
6. Identify and measure properties of light and explain their effects on film and visual impact. (6)
7. Compose light values. (7)
8. Explain the properties of black and white and color film. (8)
9. Expose and process black and white film. (9)
10. Operate an enlarger to expand negatives into prints and process silver emulsion photographic printing paper. (10)
11. Manipulate contrast and density in a photographic print. (11)
12. Use split filtration to achieve a more complete tonal range in a photographic print. (12)
13. Compose a photographic print using cropping techniques. (13)
14. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (17)
15. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (18)
16. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (19)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

2. Portfolio review.

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ART154 Digital Photo I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 154. Beginning Digital Photography (3). Creative digital camera operation. Identifying, measuring and controlling light values. Digital darkroom techniques, workflow applications and output processes. Application of design principles. Requires a Digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera with manually adjustable aperture, shutter speed, and focus. Prerequisite: ART 137 (may be taken concurrently). One lecture. Five lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Photographic vocabulary
2. SLR Digital camera operation
3. Aperture and shutter speed
4. Lens focal length
5. Depth of field
6. Motion
7. Light measurement
8. Properties of light, direction, diffusion, temperature
9. Properties of digital sensors
10. Resolution and its relationship to image capture and output
11. Image capture formats
12. Image editing formats
13. Optional digital capture methods
14. File management workflow
15. Camera Raw editing workflow
16. Photoshop editing workflow
17. Image print output
18. Image web output
19. Model release and copyright issues
20. Recordkeeping and organization
21. Formal elements and principles of design
22. Historical and contemporary art examples
23. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Analyze photographic images and describe the technical and aesthetic characteristics. (1)
2. Use a manual, fully adjustable SLR digital camera. (2)
3. Ascertain correct aperture and shutter speed exposure combinations. (3)
4. Identify the effect of various focal length lenses on the photographic image. (4)
5. Vary the depth of field using aperture settings for visual effect. (5)
6. Control motion using shutter speed settings for visual impact. (6)
7. Identify and measure properties of light and explain their effects on exposure and visual impact. (7)
8. Compose light values as significantly as subjects. (8)
9. Explain the differences between various digital sensors and their effects on image capture. (9)
10. Illustrate the proper determination of image resolution for digital input and output. (10)
11. Identify image capture formats and explain their uses. (11)
12. Identify image editing formats and explain their uses. (12)
13. Use optional digital capture methods to acquire digital images. (13)
14. Establish a file management workflow to facilitate image archiving. (14)
15. Employ Camera Raw editing workflow techniques to manipulate and enhance digital images. (15)
16. Employ Photoshop editing workflow techniques to manipulate and enhance digital images. (16)
17. Optimize digital images for print output. (17)
18. Optimize digital images for web output. (18)
19. Document model releases and copyright protections. (19)
20. Document industry standards i record keeping and organization. (20)
21. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (21)
22. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (22)
23. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (23)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART156 Photographic Lighting

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 156. Photographic Lighting (3). Fundamentals of photographic lighting. Understanding, measuring and controlling lighting situations. Studio and location lighting. Application of design principles. Prerequisite: ART 150 or ART 154. Two lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Properties of light
2. Ambient light sources
3. Artificial light sources
4. Exposure calculation
5. Lighting ratios
6. Background brightness control
7. Studio lighting
8. Location lighting
9. Formal elements and principles of design
10. Historical and contemporary art examples
11. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify properties of light and their visual impact.
2. Identify and control ambient light sources for visual impact.
3. Manipulate and compose light values from artificial light sources.
4. Ascertain correct exposure calculations.
5. Calculate balanced lighting ratios.
6. Control background brightness for visual impact.
7. Construct studio lighting set-ups for various commercial and fine art applications.
8. Construct on-location lighting setups for various commercial and fine art applications.
9. Identify, analyze, and utilize the formal elements and principles of design.
10. Recognize historical and contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts.
11. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art.

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART157 Digital Photography II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 157. Digital Photography II (3). Advanced creative digital camera operation and exposure control. Advanced digital darkroom techniques, workflow applications and output processes. Application of design principles. Requires a Digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera with manually adjustable aperture, shutter speed and focus. Application of design principles. Prerequisite: ART 154 and ART 237 (ART 237 may be taken concurrently). One lecture. Five lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Advanced metering
2. Exposure compensation
3. Studio lighting
4. Electronic flash
5. Advanced file management workflow
6. Advanced Camera Raw editing workflow
7. Advanced Photoshop editing workflow
8. Advanced image print output
9. Advanced image web output
10. Creative use of digital cameras
11. Digital exploration of different photographic genre
12. Pre-visualization and post-visualization techniques
13. Digital photography in the marketplace
14. Photographic vision
15. Recordkeeping and organization
16. Formal elements and principles of design
17. Historical and contemporary art examples
18. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Compute correct exposure combinations using a handheld exposure meter. (1)
2. Articulate exposure compensation concepts. (2)
3. Apply basic studio lighting concepts. (3)
4. Define the proper use of electronic flash units. (4)
5. Establish a file management workflow to facilitate image archiving. (5)
6. Employ advanced Camera Raw editing workflow techniques to manipulate and enhance digital images. (6)
7. Employ advanced Photoshop editing workflow techniques to manipulate and enhance digital images. (7)
8. Optimize digital images for print output. (8)
9. Optimize digital images for web output. (9)
10. Explain and use the digital camera for creative expression. (10)
11. Record examples of different photographic genre through digital exploration and experimentation. (11)
12. Synthesize pre-visualization and post-visualization concepts to create a unique visual statement. (12)
13. Identify the use of digital photography in the marketplace. (13)
14. Define photographic vision and its use in creating unique aesthetic statements. (14)
15. Document industry standards in record keeping and organization. (15)
16. Identify, analyze, and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (16)
17. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (17)
18. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (18)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART232 Portfolio Development

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 232. Portfolio Development (2) (Spring). Develop traditional and electronic graphic design and fine arts portfolios. Create resume and other career search materials. Develop advanced design and technical skills. Exhibition skills. Apply design principles. Completed body of art work needed for class. One lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Self promotion
2. Business skills
3. Portfolio design skills
4. Formal elements and principles of design
5. Historical or contemporary art examples
6. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Assemble, prepare and maintain a traditional and/or electronic professional design or fine art portfolio. (1-5)
2. Write comprehensive resumes, cover letters, and artist statements. (1-3)
3. Research local and regional job, exhibition, and/or grant opportunities. (1,2)
4. Identify basic copy write laws as they apply to the designer or artist. (1,2)
5. Document art work using appropriate media. (1,3-5)
6. Interview using the portfolio. (1-5)
7. Use, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (4)
8. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (5)
9. Present traditional and/or electronic portfolio for review. (1-5)
10. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (6)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART237 Adobe Photoshop II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 237. Adobe Photoshop II (3). Still photography digital manipulation. Use of computer and peripheral hardware and associated commercial software with Adobe Photoshop software to alter photographic images. Production of still image files and hardcopy output. Application of design principles. Prerequisite: ART 137. Two lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Elements of photomontage
2. Digital image capture
3. Digital image manipulation
4. Digital image output processes
5. Formal elements and principles of design
6. Historical and contemporary art examples
7. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Digitally integrate two or more photographic images into a photomontage.
2. Digitize photographic images.
3. Use industry standard software to transform images.
4. Convert computer files into hardcopy images.
5. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design.
6. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts.
7. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art.

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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BSA231 Social Media Marketing

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
BSA 231. Social Media Marketing (3). Theory and practice in the use of social media in online marketing. Includes history of social media, preparation for social media marketing, and ways to engage with social media. Reviews platforms and marketing tools used to create social media campaigns. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. History and foundations of social media
2. Social media planning
3. Social media platforms
4. Social media campaigns
5. Ethics and social responsibility

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Describe the history and foundations of social media. (1)
2. Describe social media planning. (2)
3. Analyze social media platforms. (3)
4. Create a social media campaign. (4)
5. Explain use of an online customer relationship management program. (4)
6. Analyze ethics and social responsibility in social media. (5)

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Select 6 credit hours from the following courses:
ART151 Photography II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 151. Photography II (3). Advanced study of film and silver emulsion paper developers. Introduction to medium format photography. Night photography and creative color transparency film processing. Application of design principles. Prerequisite: ART 150. One lecture. Five lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Film developer options
2. Silver emulsion paper and developer combinations
3. Medium format camera and film variations
4. Lithographic film
5. Infrared film media
6. Night photography
7. Alternative uses for color transparency film
8. Chemical toning and image preservation
9. Record keeping and organization
10. Formal elements and principles of design
11. Historical and contemporary art examples
12. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Appraise the effects of different film developers on the final image. (1)
2. Categorize the effects of different silver emulsion papers and developers on the final image. (2)
3. Use a medium format camera and media. (3)
4. Expose and process lithographic film. (4)
5. Expose and process infrared film. (5)
6. Compensate for reciprocity failure in low light exposures. (6)
7. Use color transparency film in non-traditional context. (7)
8. Analyze the effects of chemical toning on visual impact and print preservation. (8)
9. Document industry standards in record keeping and organization. (9)
10. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (10)
11. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (11)
12. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (12)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART230 Digital Printing Tech

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 230. Digital Printing Technology and Applications (3) (Spring). Fundamentals of digital print technology, including color management, short run print processes, and fine art giclee printing. Application of design principles. Prerequisite: ART 137. One lecture. Five lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Printing vocabulary
2. Methods of input
3. Major printing processes
4. File format management
5. Color management principles
6. Monitor calibration hardware and software
7. Paper profiles
8. Short run printing - Color laser printer
9. Short run printing - Color copier
10. Giclee printing for fine art application
11. Formal elements and principles of design
12. Historical and contemporary art examples
13. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Analyze printed images and express an informed opinion about technical and aesthetic characteristics using the basic vocabulary of the printing industry. (1)
2. Identify and articulate methods of digital input. (2)
3. Describe the major printing processes. (3)
4. Optimize and convert various file formats for output. (4)
5. Articulate the principles of color management. (5)
6. Calibrate a color monitor utilizing industry standard hardware and software. (6)
7. Create profiles for paper/printer combinations. (7)
8. Prepare and print files using the color laser printer. (8)
9. Prepare and print files using the copier. (9)
10. Prepare and print fine art files using the giclee process. (10)
11. Identify, analyze, and utilize the formal elements and principles of design. (11)
12. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (12)
13. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (13)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART258 Photographic Lighting II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 258. Photographic Lighting II (3). Advanced photographic lighting techniques. Studio and location lighting applications. Application of design principles. Prerequisite: ART 156. Two lecture, three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Advanced metering techniques and exposure controls
2. Mixed light sources
3. Photographic studio set-up
4. Location lighting set-up
5. Care and safety of studio and lighting equipment
6. Use of light modifiers
7. Advanced lighting concepts
8. Formal elements and principles of design
9. Historical and contemporary art examples
10. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Utilize advanced metering techniques and exposure controls. (1)
2. Control mixed light sources for visual impact. (2,6)
3. Construct an efficient photographic studio. (3)
4. Construct an effective on-location lighting set-up. (4)
5. Explain proper care and safety techniques used in a photographic studio. (5)
6. Use light modifiers including reflector and diffusion devices. (1,6)
7. Apply advanced lighting techniques and concepts. (1,2,6,7)
8. Identify, analyze and utilize formal elements and principles of design. (8)
9. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts. (9)
10. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art. (10)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

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ART296 Internship: Art

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
ART 296. Internship: Art (3). Supervised field experience with businesses, corporations, government agencies, schools and community organizations to expand career interests and apply subject knowledge relevant to the workplace. Individualized internship placements to develop personal and professional skills, including professional ethics, leadership, and civic responsibility. Prerequisite: Student must have a GPA of 2.0; have completed specific degree requirements as required by the program; and have completed the internship application process. [Repeatable for a total of 6 credit hours towards degree/certificate requirements.] S/U grading only.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Organizational overview of assigned placement
2. Integration of job description and organization's requirements
3. Elements of documentation of experience
4. Planning and time management
5. Professional, legal, and ethical issues
6. Communication, critical thinking, and problem solving
7. Specialized equipment, tools, and software required in the placement
8. Formal elements and principles of design
9. Historical and contemporary art examples
10. Critique

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Exhibit appropriate workplace behaviors and professional ethics.
2. Apply discipline specific knowledge and skills in the professional workplace.
3. Define and utilize technical terms in written and oral communications.
4. Use critical thinking, problem solving, ethical awareness, and effective writing
5. Interpret written and oral instructions.
6. Initiate and complete assigned responsibilities.
7. Maintain documentation required to comply with government employer or nonprofit agency regulations.
8. Use specialized equipment, software, and tools as required.
9. Analyze and interpret data for specified reports.
10. Identify opportunities for improvement in process and documentation related to the workplace.
11. Articulate job description and position in assigned organization.
12. Identify, analyze and utilize the formal elements and principles of design.
13. Recognize historical or contemporary examples of the fine arts or crafts.
14. Use media specific terminology to critique and evaluate works of art.

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Critique and evaluation of art and artifacts.

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
1. Record of Student Internship workplace hours.
2. Individual Education Plan (IEP) as approved by supervision faculty.
3. A daily journal, or work log of tasks, including dates, descriptive comments, problems and solutions.
4. A reflective paper or project as specified by the supervision faculty.
5. A minimum of two evaluations by the workplace employer or supervisor.
6. Student's self-evaluation of experience.

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