Course code:



I - Introductory

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

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Photography is a common language spoken across cultural, economic, and geographical boundaries—used in news gathering, commerce and fine art.

Being able to use the camera as an effective tool for self expression or in the pursuit of a documentary project is a skill which is applicable to a large number of COA students. A broad introduction to photography and digital printing, this course will introduce the principles and applied techniques of contemporary photographic practices.

Designed to put the student in charge of her or his camera, we’ll begin with basic camera controls such as aperture and shutter speed and progress on to more advanced topics such as the proper use of ‘flash’. Also covered will be an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Lightroom as well as good printing practices in a digital environment.

Students will be evaluated on the quality of finished prints included in a final portfolio, their participation in class exercises and critiques, and individual growth over the course of the term.



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