Photography (PHOT)

PHOT-110 3 Units Smart Phone Photography

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course explores the utilization of smartphone technology to create fine art photography. Topics covered will include exploring how to see the world through a camera, organize visual spaces and fill these photographs with meaningful content that can communicate personal vision to a broader audience.

Transfers to CSU only

PHOT-120 3 Units Introduction to Photography

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This non-darkroom, lecture/demonstration course is designed to introduce the student to basic concepts of photography and to improve upon technical skills in the operation of both digital and film cameras. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of design, composition, and creative vision. The course will explore the many applications of photography, career possibilities, and it's impact as a major communication force. Not intended for photography majors.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

PHOT-121 3 Units Beginning Darkroom Photography

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-120 with a minimum grade of C.

This beginning course in traditional photography methods is designed to teach basic skills in black white printing. This course provides guidance in film processing, use of laboratory equipment and chemicals, traditional darkroom printing and presentation techniques.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

PHOT-122 3 Units Intermediate Photography

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-121 with a minimum grade of C.

Lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experimentation providing technical skills necessary for refining camera operations, exposure, film development, printing and presentation. Class emphasis will be on developing image content via a small body of work. A brief survey of the history of photography will be integrated with discussions and illustrations of contemporary practice and criticism.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

PHOT-123 3 Units Advanced Darkroom Photography

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-122 with a minimum grade of C.

This course is an exploration of special processing and fine printing techniques. Topics include techniques associated with the Zone System and Alternative Processes. Appreciation of contributions by photographers of diverse backgrounds.

Transfers to CSU only

PHOT-150 3 Units Beginning Digital Photography

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-120 with a minimum grade of C.

Explore the digital darkroom. This course is an introduction to digital imaging processes. Acquire tools for expressive communication, using Adobe Photoshop for image editing and printing. Develop skills in a variety of outputs for both fine art and commercial applications. Survey photography's role in society and culture, including the evolution of various photographic genre and the contributions to the development of digital photography by people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

PHOT-151 3 Units Intermediate Digital Photography

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-150 with a minimum grade of C.

A further exploration of digital photography and digital imaging processes, involving a deeper understanding of the technical and aesthetic issues of digitally created images. This course emphasizes personal creative expression in relation to artistic practice. Additional study of photography?s role in society and culture, including the evolution of various photographic genre and the contributions to the development of digital photography by people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Formal critique of images. Exploration of collaborative strategies involving Quicktime VR and alternative presentation of images.

Transfers to CSU only

PHOT-152 3 Units Advanced Digital Photography

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-151 with a minimum grade of C.

PHOT 152 continues to refine and extend the skills of photographic seeing by exploring the role of the computer in personal studio practice as well as in contemporary culture.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

PHOT-153B 1.5 Units Adobe Lightroom

27 hours lecture; 27 hours total

This course provides the basics of Adobe Lightroom. Topics include techniques to manage, adjust, and present large volumes of digital photographs. Prepares student for optional Adobe Certified Expert exam for industry certification.

Transfers to CSU only

PHOT-155 1 Unit The Digital Fine Print

36 hours activity; 36 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-150 with a minimum grade of C.

This course is an exploration of the process of consistently producing excellent digital prints. Students will explore the factors to produce high-quality, digital, archival, exhibition quality fine art prints.

Transfers to CSU only

PHOT-170 2 Units Multimedia for Photographers

72 hours activity; 72 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-150 with a minimum grade of C.

This course is an introduction to the creative concepts and technical elements of acquiring video, audio, and still images to create documentary style multimedia content.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

PHOT-172 2 Units Night Photography

72 hours activity; 72 hours total

This course will explore creating images illuminated by artificial light sources as well as the light of the full moon. Emphasis will be on evaluating existing lighting situations to create images that result in a finished portfolio of nocturnal work. Locations may include Fort Mason, the Presidio and the Marin Headlands.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

PHOT-180 3 Units History of Photography

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course traces the history of still photography from the earliest investigations of the camera obscura to 21st Century electronic imaging. Emphasis will be on photography as social force and artistic practice. Required for photography majors. Cross-listed with ARTH-180.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

PHOT-181 3 Units Contemporary Issues in Photography

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

This course will focus on contemporary trends in post-World War II photography. The diversity of photographic practice, both digital and traditional methods, will be explored as well as photography's role in modern and postmodern society.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

PHOT-182 3 Units Photography in a Multicultural United States

54 hours lecture; 54 hours total

Examination of photography's role in shaping ideas about race, class, gender, sexuality and identity. The course emphasizes critical analysis of images from a wide range of genres including: commercial photography, portraiture, social documentary, photojournalism, ethnographic and scientific photography, and fine-art photography.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

PHOT-200 3 Units Lighting for Photography 1

27 hours lecture; 81 hours lab; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-151 with a minimum grade of C.

Introduces fine art and commercial applications of ambient and studio lighting for film and digital photography. Covers basic lighting principles and techniques for lighting, tabletop setups, and larger sets. Materials fee may apply.

Transfers to CSU only

PHOT-210 3 Units Lighting for Photography 2

27 hours lecture; 81 hours lab; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-151 with a minimum grade of C.

A continuation of the Lighting for Photography 1 course with an emphasis on portrait photography both in the studio and on location. Covers expressive and interpretive lighting for both fine art and commercial applications. Includes on-location lighting techniques, complex lighting situations, and use of multiple lighting sources. Materials fee may apply.

Transfers to CSU only

PHOT-230 3 Units Lifestyle Photography

27 hours lecture; 81 hours lab; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-150 with a minimum grade of C.

This class covers the ideas, aesthetics and the execution of Lifestyle Photography. students will produce images through assignments where they can explore the Lifestyle sub-genre of photography. Class activities will be based off real world assignment that a working photographer might encounter throughout their professional career.

Transfers to CSU only

PHOT-261 3 Units Photography Workshop

108 hours activity; 108 hours total

Recommended Preparation: Completion of PHOT-121 and/or PHOT-150 with a minimum grade of C.

This course provides students with tools for critical analysis of images. Students will develop a self ¬determined body of work over the course of the semester. The class will exhibit their work in the NVC gallery at the end of the semester, giving students experience in promoting, hanging, and exhibiting their artwork.

Transfers to CSU only