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SWC Photo & Digital 

ART 101

Design I, 3 units, Fee: $10.

Offered: Fall, Spring

Introduces the visual form.  Develops a comprehensive analysis and utilization of the elements and principles of two-dimension design to create unified, vidi artworks.  Emphasizes the function of design in art, contemporary culture, and mass media.  Includes theoretical and practical exploration of design and color for fine and applied arts.

[Transfer: D; CSU, CSU GE CI, UC], AA


ART 121 (no longer offered, replaced by Art 205)

Darkroom and Digital Photography I, 3 units, Fee: $15.

Note:  This course will discontinue once the new AA in Photography & Digital Imaging is approved by the Chancellor’s Office.

Offered: Fall, Spring

Focuses on photography as a creative art, emphasizing aesthetic, composition, content, and technical aspects of the medium.  Introduces camera operation, darkroom techniques, and digital imaging techniques.  Students must furnish an adjustable camera.

[Transfer: D; CSU, CSU GE CI, UC],

AA (old AA in Photography which will discontinue when the new AA in Photography & Digital Imaging is approved by the Chancellor’s Office.)


ART 137

Web Site Development for Artists and Graphic Designers, 4 units, Fee: $15.

Prerequisite: ART 192 or equivalent

Offered: Usually Spring Only

Comprehensive introduction to Web page development with an emphasis on the information design and graphic design strategies necessary for the creation of successful user interfaces. The course teaches the use of Macromedia’s Dreamweaver software for the construction of Web sites. Topics include preparing images for the Web, page layout, and working with type and animation.

[Transfer: D; CSU], AA, C, E


ART 137L

Web Site Development for Artists and Graphic Designers Laboratory, 1 unit


ART 138

Digital Imaging for Photographers and Production Artists, 3 units, Fee: $15.

Prerequisite: ART 192 or equivalent

Recommended Preparation: Advanced skills on Macintosh computers, Adobe Photoshop, and advanced photographic skills

Offered: Usually Fall Only

Presents advanced techniques in the use of Adobe Photoshop with an emphasis on the production of photographic images. Students will be introduced to system calibration, color theory and the use of the zone system for precise control of digital output. Students will apply

these concepts to the production of a portfolio of digital photographs.

[Transfer: D; CSU],

AA, E


ART 138L

Digital Imaging for Photographers and Production Artists Laboratory, 1 unit, Fee: $.


ART 156

History of Photography, 3 units

Offered: Usually Fall Only

Hybrid Course

Covers the survey of the history of photography from its invention to its continued use as an art and communication form.  Emphasizes the aesthetic and historical influences on photography, as well as photography effects upon society and culture.

[Transfer: D; CSU, CSU GE C1], AA


ART 192

Introduction to Digital Imaging, 3 units, Fee: $20.

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Fee: $10. Designed for graphic artists and photographers. Covers basic instruction in the electronic operation of photographic imagery, composites, and collages. Instruction will include basic training on Macintosh computers using Adobe Photoshop software, film and flatbed scanners, black and white, and color printers.

[Transfer: D; CSU; UC], AA, C


ART 192L

Introduction to Digital Imaging Laboratory, 1 unit, Fee: $.


ART 197

Portfolio Development for Visual Artists, 3 units

Offered: Usually Spring Only

Designed to allow third-semester art majors to develop both a traditional and digital portfolio of their work. Includes contemporary issues in art research on career opportunities, galleries, art schools, methods of documentation, and resume writing. Includes visits to local museums and art galleries.

[Transfer: D; CSU], C, E


ART 205

Beginning Digital Photography, 3 units, Fee: $15.

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ART 205L

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Emphasizes aesthetics, content, technical aspects, ways of seeing, and creativity in photography. Explores camera operation, color and grayscale optimization, digital capture, and Camera RAW. Appropriate for students without prior photographic experience. Requires an adjustable digital camera with manual exposure and Camera RAW capabilities or equivalent.

[Transfer: D, CSU], AA, C


ART 205L

Beginning Digital Photography Laboratory, 1 unit, Fee: $5.

Corequisite: ART 205

Offered: Fall, Spring, Sumer

Allows photography students to practice and review techniques and concepts introduced in Digital Photography I. Provides an opportunity for the student to refine photographic skills beyond normal classroom time.

[Transfer: D, CSU]


ART 206

Intermediate Digital Photography, 3 units, Fee: $15.

Offered: Fall, Spring

Focuses on creative assignments in a variety of photographic styles. Includes intermediate techniques of exposure control, high dynamic range, digital photographic aesthetics, digital workflow, medium and large format cameras, and electronic flash. Assignments are in color and grayscale. Requires an adjustable camera with manual exposure mode. A digital SLR is recommended.

[Transfer: D, CSU], AA


ART 206L

Intermediate Digital Photography Laboratory, 1 unit, Fee: $5.

Offered: Fall, Spring

Corequisite: ART 206

Allows photography students to practice and review techniques and concepts introduced in intermediate photography. Provides an opportunity for the student to refine photographic skills beyond normal classroom time.

[Transfer: D, CSU]


ART 207

Studio & Lighting Techniques, 3 units, Fee: $15.

Prerequisite: ART 205

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ART 207L

Offered: Variable

Explores artificial lighting including strobes within the studio and the outside world. Emphasizes the control of light, quality of light, mixing natural and artificial light, basic portrait and product lighting. Introduces techniques and concepts used in fine art and advertising photography. Requires an adjustable camera with a manual exposure mode. A digital SLR camera is recommended.

[Transfer: D, CSU], AA, C


ART 207L

Studio & Lighting Techniques Laboratory, 3 units, Fee: $5.

Corequisite: ART 207

Offered: Variable

Allows photography students to practice and review techniques and concepts introduced in Art 207.  Provides an opportunity for the student to refine photographic skills beyond normal classroom time.

[Transfer: D, CSU]


ART 208A

Darkroom & Film Photography I, 3 units, Fee: $15.

Prerequisite: ART 205

Recommended Laboratory: ART 214A or 215A

Offered: Variable

Introduces film and darkroom photographic processes. Applies camera and exposure techniques learned in Art 205 to chemical and silver-based photographic processes. Requires an adjustable film camera.

[Transfer: D], E


ART 208B

Darkroom & Film Photography II, 3 units, Fee: $15.

Prerequisite: ART 205

Recommended Laboratory: ART 215A, Art 215B

Offered: Variable

Refines basic film and darkroom skills learned in Art 208A, and emphasizes more complex creative silver-based photographic processes.  Introduces an intermediate level of zone system exposure, medium format cameras, and large format cameras.  Requires an adjustable film camera.

[Transfer: D], E


ART 209

Photography Business Practices, 3 units

Recommended Preparation: BUS 149

Offered: Variable

Emphasizes business related skills for a variety of photographic careers. Includes assisting, freelance, assignment production, studio work, photojournalism, stock photography, self-employment, and other photographic fields. Covers self-branding, organization, planning, client relations, legalities, pre-production work, budgeting, scheduling, and talent scouting. Requires participation in field trips, scenarios, and observing lectures by guest speakers. [Transfer: D], C, E


ART 210

Portrait Photography (Formerly Art 199A), 3 units, Fee: $15.

Prerequisite: ART 207

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ART 207L

Offered: Spring Only

Explores diverse aspects of portraiture including studio, headshots, environmental, and fashion photography.  Introduces lighting and equipment specific portraiture.  Emphasizes styles, compositions, psychological considerations, and concepts associated with portraiture.  Requires an adjustable camera with manual exposure mode.  A digital SLR is recommended.

[Transfer: D, CSU], C, E


ART 210L

Portrait Photography Laboratory, 1 unit, Fee: $5.

Corequisite: ART 210

Offered: Variable

Allows photography students to practice and review techniques and concepts introduced in Portrait Photography.  Provides an opportunity for the student to refine photographic skills beyond normal classroom time.

[Transfer: D]


ART 211

Editorial & Advertising Photography, 3 units, Fee: $15.

Prerequisite: ART 207

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ART 207A

Offered: Fall Only

Emphasizes the commercial application of photography. Discusses the relationship between photographer, art director, and client. Applies photography principles to magazine articles, advertisements, marketing, and promotion. Requires an adjustable digital camera with manual exposure mode and Camera RAW capabilities. A digital SLR is recommended.

[Transfer: D], C, E


ART 211L

Editorial & Advertising Photography Laboratory, 1 unit, Fee: $5.

Corequisite: ART 211

Offered: Variable

Allows photography students to practice and review techniques and concepts introduced in Art 211: Editorial and Advertising Photography. Provides an opportunity for the student to refine photographic skills beyond normal classroom time.

[Transfer: D]


ART 212A

Photographic Alternatives I, 3 units, Fee: $15.

Prerequisite: ART 205

Recommended Laboratory: ART 214A, 215A

Offered: Spring Only

Explores alternative processes and techniques in photography. Emphasizes chemical based processes including liquid emulsions such as cyanotypes and Liquid Light, as well as other techniques. Introduces alternative applications of technology in photography, including xerographic, digitally created negatives, and the merging of digital and chemical techniques. [Transfer: D], E


ART 212B

Photographic Alternatives II, 3 units, Fee: $15.

Prerequisite: ART 212A

Recommended Laboratory:  ART 215B

Offered: Spring Only

Refines skills and concepts associated with alternative processes. Further explores liquid emulsions, alternative negative creation, and alternative cameras. Emphasizes aesthetics and conceptual issues relevant to non-traditional photography.

[Transfer: D], E


ART 213

Special Topics In Photography, 3 units, Fee: $15.

Prerequisite: ART 207

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ART 213L

Offered: Variable

Provides additional exploration of photography through the examination of selected topics chosen from the following photographic genres:  wedding, product, commercial, application of photography to industry, and the use of specific photographic techniques in fine arts.

[Transfer: D], E


ART 213L

Special Topics in Photography Laboratory, 1 unit, Fee: $5.

Corequisite: ART 213

Offered: Variable

Allows photography students to practice and review techniques and concepts introduced in Art 213:  Special Topics In Photography.  Provides an opporutnity for the student to refine photographic skill beyond normal classroom time.

[Transfer: D]


ART 214A

Photography Laboratory Practice 1, 1 unit, Fee: $5.

Prerequisite: ART 205

Offered: Variable

Allows photography students who have completed a beginning photography course to practice and review techniques and concepts introduced in photography related classes.

[Transfer: D]


ART 215A

Darkroom Photography Laboratory Practice I, 1 unit, Fee: $5.

Prerequisite: ART 206

Offered: Variable

Allows photography students to practice and review techniques and concepts introduced in photography related classes. Develops a photography portfolio for job application, transfer, or gallery exhibition purposes. [

[Transfer: D]


ART 216

Advanced Photography (Formerly Art 123), 3 units, Fee: $15.

Prerequisite: ART 206 & Art 207

Recommended Concurrent Enrollment: ART 216L

Offered: Spring Only

Emphasizes advanced problem solving in the photographic medium with the production of an individual student portfolio.  Expands on concepts and techniques from beginning photography and intermediate photography.  Requires an adjustable camera.

[Transfer: D, CSU], AA


ART 216L

Advanced PhotographyLaboratory, 1 unit, Fee: $5.

Corerequisite: ART 216

Offered: Variable

Allows photography students to practice and review techniques and concepts introduced in advanced photography.  Provides an opportunity for the student to refine photographic skills beyond normal classroom time.

[Transfer: D]


ART 290 I-IV

Cooperative Work Study In Applied Visual Arts (Internship)

Requires an internship acquired by the student.

Offered: Variable

[Transfer: D], C, E


ART 299

Independent Study, 1-3 units,

[Transfer: D, CSU, **UC]

D

CSU

CSU GE C1

UC

**UC




AA


E  

= May transfer to some schools.  Contact the school in question for more information.

= May transfer to a CSU

= Will transfer to CSU as GE category C1 humanities requirement.

= May transfer to a UC

= UC Limitation:  credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the

   scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus

   Note:  Please contact for other transfer agreements.


= Required For Associates of Art in Photography & Digital Imaging

= Applies to Certificate of Achievement in Professional Photography

= Applies to Elective For Associates of Art in Photography  & Digital Imaging


For more information, please visit the SWC Course Catalog.