Course Overviews: Photo A/B/C & Graphic Design A/B



Photography A

This is an entry-level photography course. Students will learn how to shoot, compose, process/manipulate and print their own digital photographs. The design skills explored in Studio in Fine Arts and Studio in Graphics A are expanded through a different set of media: the camera, treatment of technical choices, and manipulations created in Adobe Photoshop post-process.  Student work is evaluated according to mastery of technical skills as well as quality of pieces produced.

*NOTE: In all photography courses, students will have access to a D-SLR in class.  Students are asked to supply their own digital camera (any point and shoot or D-SLR is okay) for out of class/weekend assignments, no camera phones are allowed.  A handful of digital cameras will be available for semester long sign-out.  Please see the photo teacher for more details. 



Photography B & C

After learning fundamental skills in Photography A, students work at an accelerated pace incorporating the study of studio lighting, special effects and more conceptual based projects; each adding to the abilities to create sophisticated, artistic photographs. Students will also look at varied photographic images throughout history, explore their meanings, and learn to critique works of art.  Evaluations are based on quality of work and skills mastered.


 Graphic Design A & B

Studio in Graphic Design is a fast-paced, exciting survey course that integrates visual art and digital media to introduce students to many of the skills needed for Graphic Design careers. It serves to give a background in the history, movements and expanding technologies needed in commercial art, along with an understanding of advertising and consumer perspectives. Students will create multimedia projects utilizing the Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign), to create designs that demonstrate efficient typography and layout skills.  Most projects include client and artist scenarios providing real life experiences. Evaluations are based on craftsmanship, design, pursuit, invention, and expression.


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