Courses

Photography

PHOT 40, Photography as Activism
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 188 or ENGL 88 or readiness for college-level English

Photography can be used as a powerful tool for social change. This course examines the historic and contemporary role that photography has played in activist activities throughout the United States and abroad.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 50A, History & Aesthetics Pre-1945
Lec-70 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 188 or ENGL 88 or readiness for college-level English

This course will address the history of photography from its invention until 1945. Included are discussions and illustrated lectures of the lives and achievements of important photographers and processes of the time. Students visit museums to view photographs and participate in class discussions.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 50B, History & Aesthetics Since 1945
Lec-70 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course examines various aspects of photography, including photographers, photographs, and technical innovations, within their historical, social and cultural contexts. Although students will study photography as it has been applied to journalism, science, fashion, advertising, etc., emphasis will be on photography as art.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 51, Beginning Photography
Lec-35 Lab-70 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ESL 188 or ENGL 88 or readiness for college-level English

A basic course introducing photographic capture, processing and output practices.
Introduction to small format cameras and use; 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
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Students should own a camera with manual operations such as ISO, shutter and aperture.

PHOT 52, Photographers and Their Images
Lec-17.5 P/NP Available

Professional photographers present and discuss their work in technical and aesthetic terms, a unique opportunity for photography students to be exposed to renowned photographers and discus topics in question and answer format.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 57, Photography for the Web
Lec-52.5 Lab-17.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 51 ADVISE.: VMD 105 and VMD 140; PHOT 100 or VMD 101

An exploration of techniques used to acquire, prepare, and process photographs for online use. Emphasis on image sizing, optimization and compression, and basic webpage construction leading to the production of an online portfolio from a simple gallery to a customized website

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 60A, Photoshop for Photographers 1
Lec-35 Lab-70 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CNIT 100M or PHOT 51

An introductory Photoshop course that emphasizes the technical aspects of digital post production workflow in photography.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly Beginning Photoshop

PHOT 60B, Photoshop for Photographers 2
Lec-35 Lab-70

PREREQ.: PHOT 60A or PHOT 81D or VMD 154 ADVISE: PHOT 51; (PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101)

An in-depth exploration of digital tools that will provide students skills to create expressive images and explore various electronic methods of output. Students will integrate available technical resources in preparation for a rapidly changing field. The course includes lectures, demonstrations, creative assignments, lab exercises and class critiques.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly Intermediate Photoshop.

PHOT 80, Outdoor & Ambient Lighting
Lec-52.5 Lab-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demonstration of exit skills ADVISE: PHOT 100

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

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 81A, Intermediate Photo: B & W Film/Darkroom
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 51 ADVISE: PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101

An intermediate black and white film photography course with emphasis on film processing and darkroom printing. Topics include camera exposure, black and white films and enlarging papers, contrast control, camera filters, elementary lighting, manipulation of film characteristics, finishing techniques, visual communication and the aesthetics of photography.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 81A, B&W Film/Darkroom
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ: PHOT 51 ADVISE: PHOT 51; PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101

A black and white film photography course with emphasis on film processing and darkroom printing. Topics include camera exposure, black and white films and enlarging papers, contrast control, camera filters, elementary lighting, manipulation of film characteristics, finishing techniques, visual communication and the aesthetics of photography.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly Intermediate B&W Film/Darkroom

PHOT 81B, Advanced Black & White Darkroom
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and (PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101) or demonstration of exit skills

An intensive exploration of the controls and materials of the black and white photographic process. The course emphasizes fine printing, optimization of the negative, archival processing procedures and an exploration into various films, papers and developing chemistry.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 81D, Intermediate Photo: Digital
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 51 ADVISE: PHOT 100; ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

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
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 82, Zone System Techniques
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and (PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101)

Using advanced metering, film processing and darkroom printing techniques, students will produce black & white photographs with meticulous control of exposure and contrast. Students will be required to produce a portfolio of fine prints resulting from Zone System techniques.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 83, View Camera Techniques
Lec-35 Lab-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demonstration of exit skills ADVISE: PHOT 81A and PHOT 80

An introductory course in large format photography for professional and artistic use. Students will explore the unique applications of a manual 4x5 view camera, including perspective correction, and selective focus. Course will cover techniques needed to properly expose and process large format film, and produce digital files from negatives. Cameras and accessories are available to students.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 85A, Beginning Lighting Techniques
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ: PHOT 51 ADVISE: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101

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
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 85B, Advanced Studio Lighting Techniques
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 85A and (PHOT 100 or DSGN 101 or VMD 101) or demonstration of exit skills ADVISE: PHOT 83 or PHOT 102C; PHOT 60A

Studio lighting for aspiring commercial and fine art photographers with emphasis on technique and aesthetics. Students will have hands-on experience with tungsten lights, LED lights and studio strobes. Employing classic and current lighting techniques at an advanced level, students will work individually and in groups.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 86, Mixed Media and the Photographic Image
Lec-35 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and PHOT 100/VMD 101/DSGN 101 ADVISE: PHOT 67

This is a beginning, intermediate, and advanced exploration of the photographic image through various alternative and non-silver processes. Students will learn a variety of traditional non-silver printing methods which can also be combined with more contemporary mediums.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 90, Portraiture
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 85A; Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101

An advanced studio lighting course introducing students to the technical, aesthetic and historical aspects of photographic portraiture. Students have hands-on experience with classic and contemporary lighting techniques using constant studio light sources and strobes. Students work individually and in teams.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 92, Fashion Photography
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 85A

A hands-on photography course exploring the technical and aesthetic components of fashion photography that include posing, composition and lighting. Emphasis on camera handling as well as fashion dress, makeup and hairstyling.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 93, Editorial Photography
Lec-35 Lab-17.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 85A and (PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills)

This course includes camera handling, operation of speed lights and studio strobes as well as indoor and outdoor lighting. Editorial photography is a branch of commercial photography that produces electronic images for print and online trade and consumer publications. In this course, students will practice making these types of photographs "for hire."

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 99, Business Practices of Photography
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

A business course for photographers. Students will learn practical and essential business skills such as marketing, self-promotion strategies, networking, pricing, and estimating taxes.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 100, Design Fundamentals
Lec-35 Lab-70 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Foundational design course, covering the theories, processes, vocabulary, and techniques common to visual design disciplines. Students will develop and apply their knowledge through analysis, critique and individual and collaborative exercises and projects.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

PHOT 100 = VMD 101 = DSGN 101

PHOT 1001, Using Your Digital Camera

Focus is on fundamentals of digital capture and camera operation and functions such as ISO, shutter speed, and aperture control. Students will also learn the foundations of aesthetics and composition for image-making.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit
PHOT 1002, Beginning B/W Photography

Focus is on the fundamentals of film camera operation, black & white film processing and darkroom printing. Foundations of aesthetics and composition for black and white film image-making will be explored. The course includes open lab time to process and print black and white film.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit
PHOT 1003, Lightroom 1: Library & Develop

Focus is on the fundamentals of Adobe Lightroom's Library and Develop Module and instruction on how to professionally develop and organize digital images. Setup, workflow, organization, image management, rating, editing, non-destructive image processing, and delivery of images regardless of output type will be explored. The course includes open lab time to work on images.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit
PHOT 1005, iPhoneography

This course focuses on what students need to know to shoot, process and deliver images with their iPhone as a compliment to their professional photography practice. The iPhone�s basic and advanced camera controls, applications for shooting and processing images, and the principles to capture and share images with this mobile device will be explored. The course includes lab time to work on images.

Units: 0
Credit type: Noncredit
PHOT 101C, Self Portraiture
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ: PHOT 51

This course explores the challenges and benefits associated with photographing oneself. Public versus private portraiture is thoroughly examined. Emphasis is placed on the study and application of North Light specifically as it applies to dimensional devices.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 101D, Landscape Photography
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ: PHOT 51

Techniques leading to a creative treatment of landscape photography using film or digital media. Illustrated lectures of important historical and contemporary image-makers. Emphasis on photographic fieldwork, interpretive lighting, design, camera technique, post production processing and filtration to support personal vision and conceptual ideas.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 101E, Environmental Portraiture
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 51 ADVISE: PHOT 80 or PHOT 85A or PHOT 100

An introduction to photographing people in their own environments with an emphasis on creating powerful portraits while working with and highlighting their personalities. Use of available indoor and outdoor light in multiple combinations. Working successfully with subjects. Analysis and application of lighting techniques for child, family, group and candid portraiture.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 101G, Pinhole Photography
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

An in depth exploration of the photographic image created through the design, construction and use of pinhole cameras. Students will experiment with paper negatives, litho film, conventional black and white film and contact printing methods. Demonstrations and hands-on experience and field work will be emphasized.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 101P, Plastic Camera Photography
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

An exploration of creating photographic images with plastic/toy cameras. Students will learn the differences between various models of plastic cameras, how to modify their cameras for optimum results, color and black and white films, working with limited exposure controls and both natural light and flash. The history of plastic cameras and examples of many artists' work in the medium will also be covered.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 101S, Introduction to Image Scanning
Lec-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: PHOT 60A

A basic course introducing scanning hardware, software and techniques used in professional settings. Scanning transparent, reflective, and three-dimensional originals, including retouching and optimizing scanned files for various uses.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 102A, Architectural Photography
Lec-35 Lab-17.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 51 and (PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101) and (PHOT 85A or PHOT 80)

Commercial and fine art applications specifically related to issues of architectural perspective control, lighting, various camera lenses, and camera accessories.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 102B, Documentary/News Photography
Lec-35 Lab-17.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 80 or PHOT 85A ADVISE: PHOT 100 or VMD 101 or DSGN 101

This course explores photojournalism and documentary photography while addressing business and legal issues.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 102C, Phase One - Capture One
Lec-35 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 51 and PHOT 85A ADVISE: PHOT 83 and PHOT 81D; (PHOT 90 or PHOT 85B)

A digital photography course to help students prepare for the Phase One Certified Professional (POCP) Exam. Topics include Phase One medium format digital camera handling & configurations, tethered and non-tethered capture, device calibration, file processing, image manipulation and enhancement and output using Capture One software.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 102D, Beginning Drone Piloting and Imaging
Lec-35 field trips P/NP Available

An introduction to using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones. This course is designed to give the student the ability to safely and competently fly a drone. Emphasis is placed on safety, equipment selection, and flying. Provides a starting point to drone data collection for multiple disciplines and careers.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Essential equipment needed for this course will be provided by the college.

PHOT 102E, Capture One Pro
Lec-35 Lab-17.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ: PHOT 51 ADVISE: PHOT 81D

Capture One Pro is a professional level imaging software. Topics include DSLR tethering and capture, importing and processing workflow for RAW files, sessions, catalogs, color correcting, exporting, global and selective adjustments. This is a companion class to medium format Phase One camera-based class PHOT 102C.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 130, Portfolio Production
Lec-35 Lab-70 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ: PHOT 81B or PHOT 81D

Students will produce a portfolio that prepares them for a career in commercial
photography, fine. arts or transfer to a four-year institution. The course addresses
technical and aesthetic issues as well as portfolio presentation and marketing strategies.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 140, Industry Internship
P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Approval of Photography Department ADVISE: PHOT 85B and PHOT 90 and PHOT 60B

Photography related work experience and further career development in a supervised setting. Work experience in an approved industry facility such as a photography studio, publication, design studio, art gallery or museum and/or production team. Or work in the photography department. Professional presence, networking, communication and interview skills are addressed. One unit of credit is earned for each 60 hours of unpaid, or 75 hours of paid work.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 145, College Internship
P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Approval of the Photography Department

Photography related work experience and further career development in a supervised setting. On campus college work experience in CCSF Photography Department. Resume writing, networking, communication and interview skills. One unit of credit is earned for 60 hours of unpaid, or 75 hours of paid work.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 200A, Photography Service Learning
Lec-17.5 Lab-122.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 85B or PHOT 90 or PHOT 93

Photography Service Learning provides an environment for students to gain real-world skills and practice service learning. Students will work with CCSF departments and/or non-profit organizations to produce projects for actual clients. Students will gain practice with client communications, technical problem solving, and project management for individual and collaborative photography services for projects including websites, printed materials, brochures, and other communications projects.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
PHOT 200B, Photography Service Learning II
Lec-17.5 Lab-122.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: PHOT 200A

Advanced opportunities for students to gain real-world skills, learning through service work with CCSF departments and/or non-profit organizations. Students will produce complex projects for actual clients and have significant autonomy with communications and technical problem solving, as well as take on leadership and management roles in individual and collaborative projects.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable