Photography for Non Art Majors

Florida State University-Valencia Study Center

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Photography for Non Art Majors

  • Host University

    Florida State University-Valencia Study Center

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description: This course is for students who have no prior experience making self-expressive photographs. There is very little technical information taught. Most of the students? efforts will be focused on making photographs that communicate original personal ideas for others to understand.

    Course Objectives: This course is designed to help students accomplish the following:

    ? Use subject matter to develop a unique and personal photographic style via various projects;
    ? Develop awareness of the visual aspects of interacting in culture though introducing and practicing self-expressive photography;
    ? Express thoughts and ideas visually with photographs so that others may understand an engage their interest, intentions and convictions.
    Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    ? Articulate an understanding of the historical evolution of Photography
    ? Demonstrate how visual communication and expression are affected by visual choices;
    ? Effectively use photography as a medium to expand critical and creative thinking;
    ? Use of visual elements to strengthen personal artwork.
    Assessment: Grades are based on four major factors.
    ? Perceptual Sensitivity. Is the work inventive? Have you gone beyond clichés? Do your choices effectively advance your conceptual intentions?
    ? Compositional Cohesion. Is every square inch of the composition fully engaged? Is the image appropriately unified? Energized? Balanced? Well thought out?
    ? Learning Process. Did you use class time effectively and come prepared? Did you take risks ((with your work)))? How many solutions did you invent for each problem?
    ? Critical Thinking. How substantial were your contributions to team meetings and critiques?


    ? Digital Camera
    ? Removable storage such as a Flash USB Drive (thumb drive) at least 8 gig or other portable drives.
    - Text: A Short Course in Digital Photography

    You will be graded on the following:
    1. Facebook portfolio
    2. In-class assignments & homework assignments
    3. Written & verbal formal analysis of works of art (emphasis on color concepts)
    4. Vocabulary tests & theory final exam - slide analysis.
    5. Attendance is KEY!

    Grades for photo problems are assigned in consideration of these important criteria:
    1. Compositional Quality (design unity/gestalt) - the successful resolution of an artistic statement; the elements and principles of design working together in harmony to create a cohesive unit with nothing superfluous; the resulting work is of visual interest and seems to be complete.
    Gestalt - relating to unity, a sensing that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; an instantaneous recognition that the artistic statement is meaningful; it "works" and it's delightful or curiously interesting in many ways.
    Aesthetic Quality (creativity/imagination) - in an historical/contemporary context, a sensing of the degree to which the artistic statement is uniquely resolved and visually interesting.
    Expression - a sensing of the degree to which the artistic statement is uniquely personal and sensitively meaningful to its creator.
    2. Photographic Quality - a sensing that the structuring and interaction of the properties of value, as well as color temperature, have been sensitively considered and selectively applied, appropriate to the assignment.
    3. Technical Quality execution/effort - the care with which the artistic statement has been produced and presented for viewing; recognition of the degree of craftsmanship (awareness, understanding, technical ability and skill applied through research, focus, discipline, patience, sensitivity to detail, love/passion/devotion, time and effort) and personal investment inherent in the manufacture of a visual image.
    4. Comparable Quality - a final judgment in consideration of the above factors in relation to the work of other members of the class in fair competition.

    Summary of Criteria for Course Grading:
    1. Quality of work.
    2. Improvement over time representing a responsible attitude and willingness to work.
    3. Participation in class discussions and critiques.
    4. Record of attendance and tardiness.
    5. Willingness to accept and use constructive criticism.
    6. Willingness to challenge one's concepts and abilities.
    7. Performance on tests.
    It should be understood that in order to earn a grade that is better than average, you must present resolved work; that you display an eagerness to learn and a willingness to be challenged; that you participate intelligently and sensitively in class discussions and critiques; that you are conscientious and reliable. All of the above factors will be determinants of the final grade for the semester.


    You will be expected to attend all classes and lectures, complete all assignments, and participate fully in classroom discussion.

    Grades will be as follows:

    A: Exceptional performance, effort and accomplishment, beyond expectations.
    B: Very good work, consistent effort and participation, full attendance.
    C: Satisfactory work, average effort, good attendance.
    D: Poor work, effort, or attendance.
    F: Unacceptable work or excessive absence.

    Attendance: Attendance is very important and will reflect on your grade. Each absence will lower grade by a letter grade. Tardiness will result in an absence (2 late arrivals = 1 absence) If you miss 2 days, and your grade was a C, you will fail the class as a result of missing too large a portion of the course to make up.

    Schedule for PHOTO: we meet 10 times, we are going to have some flow to our shooting days, as I am investigating the city. My plan is to bring you the best of what the location has to offer you as photographers.

    Week 1 Introduction to Course, Materials, Syllabus, Expectations,
    P: Composition Basics: an over view. Read pages: 1 to 94 of text
    Photographing on location: Antique Market and Fruit Market
    Assignment: 10 elements, loaded to Facebook. Take home test on reading.

    Week 2
    In Class: Critique of first assignment.
    P: Lecture on History of Photography, Read pages 173- 202. Lecture on Portrait photography, walk to train station.
    18th. Portraits: Faces of the Streets. go to Boboli Gardens to photograph on location.

    Week 3
    Critique of Project 2 Faces of the Streets.
    Lecture on Self-Portraits: Francesca Woodman
    Self-Portrait in 5 kinds of light
    Walking tour?tba

    Week 4
    Critique of Project 3 Self Portraits
    Assignment: 4 Group photo project
    Walking tour?.tba

    Week 5
    Assignment 4 Group Photo Crit
    Presentation on Narrative in Photography, series of 5 images
    Final assignment, we will have a critique
    Walking tour?.tba

    Week 6
    Final assignment, we will have a critique during our last class.

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