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Total Credit Hours: 28

This certificate program is for individuals who wish to be introduced to the basics of photography and photographic design. Those who wish to pursue photography on a part-time or hobby basis may be interested in the program. All courses apply toward the A.A.S. degree in Photography.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To prepare students for employment and apprenticeship in the photographic industry upon completion of the 1-year program
  • 1a) Black and White film processing and printing competency
  • 1b) Color printing and processing competency
  • 1c) Basic Digital Photographic technologies including image capture and output
  • 1d) Digital software applications
  • 1e) Understanding fundamental lighting techniques
Goal 2 To prepare students for transfer of credits into the 2-year AAS Photography program at MVCC or its equivalent or into a two or a four-year institution
  • 2a) Students are accepted at a 2-year or 4 year photography program
Goal 3 Students will develop the means to effectively communicate through oral, written, and visual methods
  • 3a) Students will participate in project critiques demonstrating the ability to discuss both their own work and the work of their peers, as well as demonstrate respect and sensitivity to the cultural diversity represented by the critique participants
  • 3b) Students will demonstrate an ability to engage in analytical discourse with the instructor and peers
  • 3c) Students must competently and effectively communicate via written or oral exam for testing competencies
  • 3d) Students are expected to develop a professional portfolio or exhibition of works for public viewing
Goal 4 Students will be provided the opportunity to explore their individualized artistic sensibilities and understanding of historic figures in photography
  • 4a) Students will understand the works of numerous masters from various backgrounds and cultures in photography and the Arts
  • 4b) Students will research and organize resources to broaden their understanding of the field of Photography
  • 4c) Students will produce work that reflects their cultural
Goal 5 Students will use technology effectively to collect, analyze and display data
  • 5a) Students will be able to access electronic sources effectively and efficiently to collect data
  • 5b) Students will successfully complete a major project using personal computer applications
  • 5c) Students will be able to safely and competently understand and operate various types of required photographic equipment
  • 5d) Students will demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative problems by using through the process of mounting and presenting work
  • 5e) Students will understand legal and ethical uses of information and imagery
Goal 6 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • 6a) Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • 6b) Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information
Plan of Study
PT101 Photography 1
This course provides an understanding of principles as applied to all phases of photography. It covers instruction in photo optics, camera equipment, film and paper emulsion, photographic chemicals, filters and lens attachments, lighting, composition, and exposure control. See when this course is offered ...
PT102 Photography 2
This course provides advanced technical skills in photography. Topics include advertising, portrait, and industrial photography. It includes the use of 35mm, 2 1/4, and view cameras. Laboratory procedures such as densitometry, studio lighting, sheet and roll film processing and enlarging are covered. Prerequisite: PT101 Photography 1. See when this course is offered ...
PH112 Science of Light 1
This course introduces the concepts of light and optics. Topics include the historical development of optical instruments, electromagnetic spectrum, lenses and image formation, light-sensitive materials and processes, color filters, Kirlean imaging, and holography. Examples are chosen from a variety of fields, including photography, human vision, and nature. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA90 Esssential Math Skills, or MA091 Introductory Algebra. See when this course is offered ...
PT111 Art Sources
This course introduces the fundamental aspects of creativity, design, and the exploration of art forms as applied to the creation and enhancement of photographic applications. It covers the sources of creativity, design principles, and the understanding and practice of art movements. See when this course is offered ...
PT103 Video and Narrative
This course allows students to develop a body of video work that addresses both linear and non-linear narrative structures and explores the creation of meaning through the combination of sound, movement, and narrative progression. Students incorporate both DSLR video and smartphone video in the development of course work. Discussions and readings include historical and theoretical explorations of video as an art form and means of visual communication. Students further hone their technical skills using current video software and applications while gaining practical experience with a variety of equipment options and techniques for video capture.Prerequisites PT106: Multimedia Photograpgy See when this course is offered ...
PT105 Publishing Tchnqs for Photo
This course covers the techniques used to reproduce photographs for print production. Reproduction for newspaper, magazine, and bookwork is discussed. Halftones, duotones, and posterizations are produced using the vertical and horizontal process cameras. Darkroom processing and offset prepress procedures are included. See when this course is offered ...
EN101 English 1: Composition
EN101 English 1: Composition C-3 Cr-3 This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading), and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. Student Learning Outcomes: 1) Demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas in a clear and concise manner through informative, argumentative, formal and informal writing at a level suitable for successful college students. 2) Develop a practical and fundamental understanding of the relationship and interaction between the writer and the reader while exploring human knowledge, values, ethics, language, and social institutions. 3) Broaden the student’s intellectual autonomy and their ability to use language for the purposes of reading, writing, learning, communicating, and critical thinking. 4) Gain a practical understanding of primary and secondary sources and how to properly utilize and cite these sources. 5) Discuss the history and methodology of rhetoric and composition. 6) Exhibit clear concise writing skills in both professional and academic writing. 7) Achieve a level of writing fluency satisfactory for success in college courses. 8) Display a clear understanding of proper documentation procedures to avoid plagiarism. See when this course is offered ...
Photography Elective
Photography Elective

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