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Art Studio 262

ARTS 262: Digital Photography (2-D or 3-D, consult professor for distinction)

Prerequisites: ARTS 261 or permission of instructor

Credit Hours: (3) One hour lecture, demonstration or critique; three hours studio

Provides the technical skills needed for art students to explore digital options in photographic image making. Besides digital manipulation and printing of photographs, students will explore several methods of digital presentation such as CD-Rom portfolios and simple web exhibitions. Another option is preparing photographic images for video editing and animation. Includes basic understanding and use of the digital camera. Digital cameras are recommended, but not required.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both ARTS 262 and ART 311.

 

Detailed Description of Content of Course

I. Lecture
    A. History
        1. Its all about light and space
        2. Examples of traditional photography compared to digital photography
    B. Technical
        1. Mechanical/chemical compared to the bit-map
        2. What digital means and what it can do
        3. Presentation of examples of digital photographs
II. Technical Instruction
    A. Learning to scan
        1. Dots per inch and resolution
        2. File size
        3. Size and format of the image
        4. The use and understanding of the digital camera
    B. Learning to digitally manipulate images
        1. Basic understanding of software possibilities
        2. Color
        3. Preparation for printing
    C. Printing
        1. Kinds of paper
        2. Kinds of printers
        3. How to print
    D. Digital presentations of work
        1. PowerPoint presentation on CD ROM
        2. Basic HTML for web presentation
        3. Preparing images for video editing (video students only)
 

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course will include lectures in the history of digital photography and its aesthetic possibilities. Demonstrations of technical skills in scanning, digital camera work, software usage, and printing will be followed by hands on lessons to direct student learning. Students will be guided in applying technology to aesthetic choices and making expressive artistic works for a variety of presentation possibilities.
 

Goals and Objectives of the Course

The computer has opened up many possibilities in the field of photography as an art form. This course will provide the technical skills needed for art student to explore digital options in photographic image making. Students can shoot images using a digital camera or can scan their photographic negatives and prints in preparation for digital experimentation. Using computer software students will apply a variety of textures, colors, and collage techniques to their photographic images. Students will print their images using an assortment of papers and mount them for gallery presentation. Besides printing their images students will also explore several methods of digital presentation such as CD ROM portfolios and simple web exhibitions. Video art students will learn to prepare photographic images for video editing and animation. Graphic design students can concentrate on the use of the digital camera.
 

Assessment Measures

This course is project directed. Students will accomplish a number of exercises that demonstrate their proficiency in digitally enhanced photographic image making. Students will be expected to finalize a number of completed works. These images will be printed using a variety of papers and mounted for gallery presentation. Students will also be required to create a CD portfolio and web portfolio. Preparing images for video editing is also an option for those who wish to animate and edit their images in video art pieces.
 

Other Course Information

This class is particularly useful for students in photography and video art. Any other art student who is interested in basic scanning and digital manipulation and collage of photographic images will also benefit in this class. Graphic design students who may have the computer skills can further explore the use of the digital camera.
 

Review and Approval

October 2, 2012

August 18, 2005 Revision by Dr. Steve Arbury, Chair