Art of Digital Photography I/II

Course Number: 638/639; G Block 638g/639g

Open To:
Grades 9-12

Course Length:
Full Year; 10 Units

UC/CSU Approved: Visual & Performing Arts “F” requirement. Satisfies one semester of the VAPA graduation requirement.

Course Description:
This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of digital photographic manipulation and/or computer generated graphics. It will cover the elements of photographic composition, as well as the basic to intermediate features of Adobe Photoshop. The Elements of Art and the California Visual Arts Standards will guide the curriculum as students develop visual understanding and apply critical thinking skills. The history of photography and the camera will be covered. The class is designed to broaden and refine technical, aesthetic, and creative skills. Students are introduced to the basic issues in photographic composition and the basic materials and processes necessary for taking good pictures. The curriculum covers subjects including shutter speed, white balance, aperture, depth of field, and elements and principles of art. During this course, students will develop critical thinking and communication skills and become more technical and creative in their approach to photography. Additionally, they will develop the ability to interpret, assess, and communicate the meaning of photographs from historical, cultural, and personal perspectives.

Textbook/Class Resources:

  • Digital Photography by Bruce Warren. ISBN: 978-0-495-89779-8

Level of Difficulty:
Moderate
Difficult
  Very Difficult

Estimated Homework Per Class:
30 minutes
30-60 minutes
60-90 minutes

Prerequisites:
None