Photography Classes - Credit, Degree Applicable Courses


PHOT 50A. History and Aesthetics of Photography (4)

Lec-4, field trips   P/NP Available
Illustrated lectures on the achievements of important photographers. Designed to stimulate visual thinking and creative problem solving. Visits to museums, films and slide lectures. UC/CSU

PHOT 50B. History and Aesthetics of Photography Since 1945 (4)
Lec-4, field trips   P/NP Available
History of photography since 1945, highlighting achievements of important photographers. Designed to stimulate visual thinking and creative problem solving. Topics covered are: avant garde, surrealism, symbolism, fictional photographs, structuralists, post-modernism, pop art, current uses of landscape images, contemporary color, and photography's interactions with modern painting, video, performance and computer. Visits to museums and galleries. UC/CSU

PHOT 51. Beginning Photography (3)
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
A basic course introducing photographic capture, processing and output practices. Introduction to small format cameras including both film and digital; exposure calculations, film and digital capture, scanning, digital printing, and presentation techniques. This course explores both the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography UC/CSU

PHOT 52. Photographers and Their Images (1)
Lec-1   P/NP Available
Professional photographers present and discuss their work in both technical and aesthetic terms. This is a unique opportunity for photography students to meet world renowned photographers and discuss topics in a question and answer format CSU

PHOT 55. Color Theory of Photography (3)
Lec-3   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demonstration of exit skills ADVISE: Completion/concurrent enrollment in PHOT 53

Basic principles of photographing with slide film; special demands of color technique; color relationships; light qualities; kinds of films; class demonstrations; critiques of color transparencies. CSU

PHOT 57. Photography for the Web (3)
Lec-3, lab-1   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 and MMSP 120 or demo of exit skills COREQ.: MMSP 130

Introduction to the role of photography in multimedia. Beginning digital imaging, image acquisition, and the production process. Emphasis on the application of these skills integrated with other digital media. Using these techniques, students will explore conceptually the use of photographic images in multimedia. Includes lab assignments anddemonstrations of hardware and software necessary for the contemporary photographer to succeed in the electronic age. CSU

PHOT 67. Digital Negatives for Darkroom Printing (3)
Lec.-3, lab-1   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 and PHOT 60A ADVISE: PHOT 81A and PHOT 86

Creation of film negatives from digital files for use in a traditional darkroom. Students will perfect their negatives in the digital realm, output them using digital techniques and then print them using traditional, historical and alternative printing methods in the darkroom. CSU

PHOT 80. Outdoor and Ambient Light Photography (3)
Lec-3, lab-1, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 ADVISE: DSGN 101

A hands-on, how-to course in managing natural light. Emphasis is on outdoor and existing light; designed to relate lighting to photo-aesthetics and visual communication. CSU

PHOT 81A. Intermediate Photo: B & W Film/Darkroom (3)
Lec-3, lab-3   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demonstration of exit skills. ADVISE: PHOT 53.

An intermediate black & white film photography course with emphasis on film processing and darkroom printing. topics include camera exposure, black & white films and enlarging papers, contrast control, camera filters, elementary lighting, electronic flash, medium format cameras, finishing techniques and aesthetics of photography. UC/CSU

PHOT 81B. Advanced Black and White Darkroom Techniques (4)
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills
An intensive exploration of the controls and materials of the black and white photographic process. Emphasis on fine printing, optimization of the negative and archival processing procedures, and an analysis of films, papers and developer combinations. CSU

PHOT 81D. Intermediate Photo Digital Intermediate Photo: Digital (3)
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 ADVISE: DSGN 101; and ENGL 93 or ESL 160

A digital photography course advancing the technical and creative concepts introduced in Beginning Photography. Topics include: Digital camera configurations, exposure control, workflow management, nondestructive editing, image manipulation and enhancement, archiving, printing options, and presentation. Discussions on visual literacy and contemporary photography as well as review of student work are integral. CSU

PHOT 83. View Camera Techinques (2)
Lec-2, lab-1, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 ADVISE: DSGN 101

An exploration of the 4 x 5 view camera through hands-on experience. Investigation of exposure, perspective control, and camera movements, as applied to studio, architectural and fine art photography. Cameras and accessories are available to students.

PHOT 85A. Beginning Lighting Techniques (4)
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demonstration of exit skills. ADVISE: PHOT 53, 55, 83, and DSGN 101 (concur.)

Through demonstration and hands-on experience students explore the basic and technical use of ambient, tungsten and electronic flash illumination as it is used in photography. Students will work with a variety of lighting equipment and accessories. CSU

PHOT 85B. Advanced Studio Lighting Techniques (4)
Lec-4, lab-2, filed trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 55; 85A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills ADVISE: PHOT 83.

Advanced lighting techniques with an emphasis on electronic strobe and mixed lighting techniques as used in advertising and product photography. Emphasis on client-photographer relationships, solving photographic problems imaginatively, and building a quality portfolio. CSU

PHOT 86. Mixed Media and the Photographic Image (3)
Lec-2, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills ADVISE: PHOT 53.

An exploration of the photographic image, exposing students to the concept of manipulation of the original to reveal forms of expression which are unattainable through straight photography. Emphasis will be given not only to established non-silver processes, but also to the integration of more contemporary mediums. CSU

PHOT 90. Portraiture (4)
Lec-3, lab-3   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 85A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills ADVISE: PHOT 83.

Introduction to photographing people utilizing tungsten, strobe, and daylight, with an emphasis on creating as well as interpreting the personality. Use of multiple lighting techniques in the studio and on location. Working successfully with subjects. Analysis and application of lighting techniques for social portraiture, including wedding, school, yearbook, family, and executive portraiture. CSU

PHOT 93. Editorial Photography (2)
Lec-2, lab-1, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills or demonstration of exit skills

Techniques leading to a creative treatment of typical editorial assignments, including use of several format cameras, variable lenses, multiple electronic flash and typical effects essential to quality storytelling pictures. Students produce a portfolio including feature news, publicity, public relations, and feature story photographs. CSU

Photo 99. BUSINESS PRACTICES OF PHOTOGRAPHY  (3)
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 ADVISE: DSGN 101
A course for both commercial and fine-art photographers who want to run successful businesses. Topics include writing a business plan, marketing and self-promotion, freelance skills, using computers, legal issues, pricing and estimating, taxes, insurance, and copyright.

PHOT 101B. Hand Tinting Photographs (1)
Lec-1, field trips   P/NP Available
An exploration of the art and technique of the hand tinted black and white print. A history of the process from the early years of creating a look of realism to the creative use of the medium today as tool to create an alternate reality. Hands-on instruction in Goloring methods such as chemical toning and masking, translucentoil paints, water-based dyes, oil pastels, opaque or textured materials. A study of the use of hand colored images in a variety of styles and applications including exhibition prints, picture postcards, studio portraits, advertising and editorial work. CSU

PHOT 101C. Self Portraiture (1) CSU

PHOT 101D. Landscape Photography (1) CSU

PHOT 101E. Informal Portraiture (1) CSU

PHOT 101F. Polaroid and Emulsion Transfer (1) CSU

PHOT 101G. Pinhole Photography (1) CSU

PHOT 101H. Digital Negatives for Black and White Contact Printing (1) CSU

PHOT 102A. Architectural Photography (2)
Lec-2, lab-1   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 85A or demonstration of exit skills. ADVISORY: PHOT 55, 83.

The process of documenting buildings and other structures in their environments. Interiors and exteriors of domestic places are photographed for architectural applications. Topics specifically related to issues of architectural photography include: perspective control, use of different format cameras, filtration for incompatible light sources, attention to detail, and daylight effect on form. The role of the relationship of photographer to designer will be examined. CSU

PHOT 102B. Documentary/News Photography (2)
Lec-2, lab-1   P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills ADVISORY: PHOT 55.

An exploration of photojournalism and documentary photography as applied to newspaper and magazine work, photo essay assignments and book projects. Legal and business issues, including fund raising and grant writing to support extended projects. Captioning and writing text to accompany photographic work. Mastering of story format using a variety of photo equipment and materials including location lighting, available light photography with high speed films, color transparency materials, and developing and printing in Black and White. CSU

PHOT 104. Selected Topics in Photography (4)
Lec-4   P/NP Available
This course will explore through lectures, laboratory or studio demonstrations and exercises, field trips, class discussions, film, video, and/or television leading to a critical analysis and/or practical understanding and application of the topic or skill set under consideration. CSU

PHOT 130. Portfolio Production (3)
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips   P/NP Available
Prereq.: DSGN 101 and PHOT 81B or 85B or 90 or 93 or 95A

Students will produce a portfolio to begin the process of preparing them for a professional photography career, photographic gallery exhibition, or transfer to a four-year institution. The class will address technical and aesthetic issues as well as portfolio presentation and marketing strategies. CSU