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LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE | 08-09 CATALOG [REV. 11/08]

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Chair: Daniel Marlos

(323) 953-4000 ext. 2835

Chemistry Basement

www.lacitycollege.edu/academic/departments/medarts/photo/index.html

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 PROGRAMS OFFERED


Associate of Arts:

Applied Photography

 

Certificates:

Photography - Commercial

Photography - Freelance

 

The LACC program is nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding of its kind. Many LACC Photography majors become employed in the industry either during or after completion of the degree program. Students interested in photography as a hobby or because it relates to their career goals (e.g. journalism, public relations, art, real estate, business, etc.) will also benefit greatly from our class offerings.

 

 DEGREE PROGRAMS 

 

Photography

Associate of Arts Degree

Career Program

This curriculum will prepare you for a career in professional photography, as a photographer and/or photographic laboratory technician. Training includes lighting, design and professional techniques of color and black and white photography for various publication media, advertising, portraiture and display, as well as custom production of commercial color prints using a wide variety of materials and techniques and state of the art equipment including digital cameras, inkjet printers and scanners. Students will be introduced to computer digital imaging technology, including instruction in Adobe Photoshop techniques, and Internet website design classes.

 

To enroll in Photography 1, you must complete Photography 10 or 20, or approval of 10 or more samples of your black and white work, by the instructor. You will need a manual (or automatic with fully manual capability) 35mm single lens reflex camera with a full range of adjustable apertures, shutter speeds and focusing. If you are in Photo 1 or above, you will have access to the department 4 x 5 view cameras and 120 size roll film cameras. Estimated semester expenses for film, paper and other personal supplies are about $200 to $300, depending on the class.

 

Courses required for the Associate of Arts degree and Certificate of Completion are as follows. Photography 1 is the prerequisite for most photography classes. See Course Descriptions for specific information.

 

REQUIRED PHOTOGRAPHY

Students may complete course work toward an Associate of Arts degree and/or Certificates of Completion in photography.

 

Photography

Associate of Arts Degree

Career Program

 

CORE UNITS                                                                           UNITS

Photo 10............................................................................................ 3 units

Photo 1............................................................................................. 6 units

Photo 28............................................................................................ 1 unit

 

PLUS       complete requirements from Option A or B (below);

AND         additional elective units to total 36 units in the major;

PLUS      18 units of general education requirements

                                                (consult with a counselor for specific courses);

PLUS      additional elective units to total 60 units for the

                                                Associate of Arts degree.

 

Recommended courses including General Education for photography majors are Art 201, Art 204, Cinema 1, Cinema 2, CAOT 31, Journalism 101, Law 1, Photography 3, 6, 7, 15, 17, 20, 22, 34, 42, 46, 49 and 50.

 

To complete general education requirements in this area of study, Plan B for the AA/AS Degree is required.

PLAN B: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section. Plan B is not designed for transfer to a four-year college.

3 Units             English Composition

3 Units             Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units             Natural Sciences

3 Units             Humanities

3 Units             Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units          Health/Physical Education

3-5 Units          Math Competency
 

 

 CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS 

 

A certificate in Commercial, or Freelance, Photography will be issued by the Media Arts Department upon application of the student with the department upon successful completion of the courses listed above with a satisfactory grade.  

 

OPTION A: PHOTOGRAPHY

Commercial Certificate

 

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

Photography 1.................................................................................... 6

Photography 3................................................................................... 6

Photography 6.................................................................................... 3

Photography 46................................................................................. 3

Photography 49.................................................................................. 6

Photography 50.................................................................................. 3

 

Total Units...................................................................................... 27


OPTION B: PHOTOGRAPHY

Freelance Certificate

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

Photography 1.................................................................................... 6

Photography 7.................................................................................... 3

Photography 15...................................................................................3

Photography 20.................................................................................. 4

Photography 34.................................................................................. 3

Photography 46.................................................................................. 3

Photography 107................................................................................ 3

Photography 207.................................................................................3

 

Total Units...................................................................................... 28

 

HEALTH ADVISORY FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Because students enrolled in the Photography program are required to precisely mix photographic chemicals, some of which are toxic, it is advisable that a student be able to clearly understand oral instructions and reading materials that are distributed in class and lab. Consequently, it is advisable for students to possess reading comprehension at the English 28 level (Intermediate Reading and Composition) or higher.  

 

 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

 

NOTE: Not every class is offered each semester. Refer to the current class schedule for current class offerings.

PREREQUISITES: Specified prerequisites must be completed with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 1

Elementary Photography

6 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite:  Photography 10 or 20 with a satisfactory grade, or approval of Black and White portfolio of 10  to 15 prints, by instructor, which must be presented to the instructor during semester previous to semester of enrollment. All work in the portfolio, including processing, must be by the student.

Advisory:  Photography 28 and English 28/31 or equivalent.

The beginning course for Photography majors, with intensive training in all phases of professional techniques, emphasizing view camera operation, exposure and development control of film, printing for optimum technical and aesthetic values, basic lighting techniques, theory of photographic processes, and basic sensitometry. Estimated material cost is approximately $225. Owning a professional quality light meter is recommended. Owning medium format or 4x5 camera equipment is not essential.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 3

Basic Commercial Fields

6 UNITS - (A)

Prerequisite: Photography 1 with a satisfactory grade.

Advisory: Photography 28 and English 28/31 with a satisfactory grade.

Concept, design and specialization subject lighting for commercial advertising is emphasized.  Studio electronic flash and accessories are utilized.  Color 4 x 5 transparencies and prints, digital prints, and black and white enlarging is incorporated in assignments. 

Estimated material cost is approximately $300-$400.. Owning camera equipment is recommended, but not essential.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 6

ADVANCED COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY

3 UNITS – (RPT 1) (CSU)

Prerequisite: Photography 3 with a satisfactory grade.

Advisory: Art 201 Recommended concurrent enrollment in Photo 28 or 33.

Advisory: English 28 or equivalent.

Professional lighting techniques for commercial subjects is stressed in conjunction with specialized assignments related to current commercial requirements and practices including publication illustration.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 7

EXPLORING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

3 UNITS

Advisory:  English 28/31 or equivalent

A practical course in the uses and applications of professional digital cameras.  Camera controls and elements of composition will be stressed.  Digital cameras may be provided by the department for student use.  Students may use their own cameras to supplement assignments.  Owning a digital camera is not a requirement.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 10

Beginning Photography

3 UNITS - (UC: CSU)

Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in Photography 28 and English 28/31 or equivalent. 

Basic principles of photography from the mechanical creation of the image with camera and film to enlarging the photograph for display, while applying the guidelines of composition, communication and self-expression.  35 mm single lens camera required.  Automatic cameras are OK, but they must have manual shutter speed and lens opening capability.  An approximate supply cost is $125.  You must attend the first lecture meeting, or be replaced by students wishing to add.  The first scheduled class is the first lecture meeting.  Do not attend the first lab meeting.  Labs will meet only after announced in lecture class. 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 15

Fundamentals of Portraiture

3 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite: Photography 1 with a satisfactory grade.

Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in Photography 28.

Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours.

This course offers a study of modern photographic lightings in portraiture, using professional cameras and lighting equipment.  Photographic films, exposure factors, developing techniques, and print display are presented.  Lightings for groups, environmental portraiture and posing techniques are studied as well.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 17

Introduction to Color Photography

3 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite: Photography 10 or 20 or equivalent with a satisfactory grade.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours.

Students enrolled in this class will learn about color photography from its beginning to the present with new materials on the present market.  Light and its characteristics are studied in order to better understand perception and the individual’s interpretation of color.  Estimated cost is $100.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 20

Beginning Photojournalism

4 UNITS - (CSU)

Advisory: Concurrent enrollment in Photography 28 and English 28/31 with a satisfactory grade.

Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 6 hours to be arranged.

Photography for those interested in becoming photographers for publications (magazines, wire services, newspapers, in-plant publications).  Provides instruction, practice and application with cameras, shooting, procedures, and darkroom processing and photojournalism methods.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 22

Creative Photo-Vision

3 UNITS – (RPT 2) (A)

Prerequisite: Photography 1 with a satisfactory grade.

Advisory: Photography 28.

Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours.

Designed as a workshop in sensitive seeing, this course offers photography students some of the avenues of self-expression through nontraditional photographic techniques including non-silver processes, collage, hand-coloring, serial imagery and other alternative processes.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 28

Laboratory Processes

1 UNIT – (RPT 3) (A)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Laboratory 3 hours.

This course is designed for the photography student who wishes to increase laboratory skills, relative to concurrent photography classes, through extended contact with equipment and faculty. Students will not be permitted to use any of the photo lab facilities if they drop or are excluded from the main photo lecture section.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 33

Advanced Laboratory Processes

1 UNIT – (RPT 3) (A)

Prerequisite: Photography 28 with a satisfactory grade.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Laboratory 3 hours.

This course will concentrate on lab instruction designed to familiarize students with safety factors and the technology of film and paper processes. Students will not be permitted to use any of the photo lab facilities if they drop or are excluded from the main photo lecture section.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 34

History of Photography

3 UNITS – (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

A survey of the historical development of the medium including major technological inventions and advancements, styles and movements, and important photographers from 1826 through the 1960’s. Special attention is paid to the impact of the photographic image and how it has shaped modern culture worldwide.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 42

Color Printing

6 UNITS – (A)

Not offered every semester.

Prerequisite: Photography 1 with a satisfactory grade.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 9 hours.

An introductory color course, which develops a technical proficiency and an aesthetic awareness of the creative uses of color photography, including color design theory, composition, perceptual and psychological aspects of color. Emphasis is placed on negative to positive printing, developing the ability to choose material, light, expose and process 4x5 color negatives and produce up to 16x20 color prints. Assignments for the freelance photographer include scenic, portraiture, commercial and advertising. Cost of materials is approximately $200.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 46

Photographic Digital Imaging {Adobe Photoshop}

3 UNITS -  (A)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 2  hours. Laboratory 3 hours.

This digital imaging course incorporates the use of computers and photo digitizing software to alter, enhance, and create new images that can be output to film and print media.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 49

Advanced Photographic Digital Imaging

6 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite: Photography 46 with a satisfactory grade.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 9 hours.

(see "Health Advisory" under Certificate Programs)

This digital imaging course will incorporate the use of photographic and graphic design digital software, scanners, printers, and cameras to create and output images.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 50

Specialty Fields

3 UNITS – (RPT 3) (A)

Prerequisite: Photography 3 with a satisfactory grade or instructor’s approval of advanced level portfolio.

Laboratory 9 hours.

An independent study course designed to create a photography portfolio. This class is designed for advanced students and gives special attention to their individual concepts and goals.

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 107

INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

3.00 UNITS

PREREQUISITE: Photo 007 and Photo 46.

Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 3 hours.

 

An in-depth course in the workflow of professional digital photography. RAWcapture, processing, color management, archiving, transferring files, andprinting will be stressed. Students will also explore studio lighting usingtungsten lights and will develop a portfolio demonstrating technical andaesthetic proficiency. A limited number of professional digital cameras maybe provided by the department for student usage. Owning a digital SLRcamera is not a requirement but is highly recommended.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY 207

ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

3.00 UNITS

PREREQUISITE: Photo 107.

Lecture 2 hours, Laboratory 3 hours.

 

An advanced course in the technical and practical aspects of professionaldigital photography. Topics will include: advanced RAW processing,advanced archiving, advanced digital SLR techniques, electronic flash forthe studio and on location, as well as digital tech training including PhaseOne software and the medium format digital back. Additionally, students willlearn self-promotion techniques, practice professionalism in the photographicindustry, and create a working portfolio.

 

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