Professional Photography

Professional Photography – Portrait Course Descriptions

Award: Associate of Applied Arts (AAA)
Academic Year: 2016–2017

Semester 1

MAT772 Applied Math -OR-

3 credits—This course is designed to present basic facts of arithmetic including whole numbers, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, English and metric measurement, ratio-proportion, percents, introduction to algebra, and introduction to geometry. Instruction includes use of scientific hand-held calculators and emphasis placed on critical thinking, problem solving skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Math Elective 3 credits

PHT102 Photo Design I

3 credits—This course identifies the fundamental design and compositional elements contained in quality images used for professional photography. The course provides exposure to several photographic styles which can be drawn upon for each individual's photographic journeys.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT106 Introduction to Image Editing

3 credits—This course will provide a basic introduction to raster based still digital image manipulation using industry standard software. This course is designed to provide students with a workable understanding of the digital software interface and tools used in imaging workflows.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

2016–2017 Course Cost: $575.50

PHT108 Camera I

3 credits—This course is an introduction to the basics of camera handling, exposure and meter usage.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT108.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT109 Print I

3 credits—This course is an introduction to the basics of processing camera outputs and applying techniques used to produce a professional print. This course also emphasizes the fundamental print finishing methods used in the professional photography industry to enhance a photograph's overall presentation.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Pre/Co-requisite(s): PHT108

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PSY102 Human and Work Relations -OR-

3 credits—Human Relations is the study of self and social behavior. Emphasis is placed on the understanding and application of social science theories and research for the development of effective interpersonal and organizational relationships.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology -OR-

3 credits—This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

3 credits—This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Semester 2

COM781 Written Communication in the Workplace -OR-

3 credits—This course focuses on composition and editing of curriculum-specific technical and business-related writing projects. Instruction includes formatting, information gathering, document drafting, editing, and written employment strategies.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in ENG061.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

ENG105 Composition I

3 credits—Composition I emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate COMPASS scores or equivalent.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT110 Camera II

3 credits—This course is an extension of Camera I and expands on camera captures, introducing editing workflows and image conversions. Additional camera accessories and optical image management are explained along with common problems with optics and what can be done to correct for them.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): PHT108

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT111 Print II

3 credits—This course emphasizes color output and the need for a properly managed original image, and properly managed output devices that result in either physical prints or virtual presentations.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): PHT109 and PHT106

Pre/Co-requisite(s): PHT202 or PHT204

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT132 Photo Design II

3 credits—This course presents the physical, physiological, and psychological dimensions of color and light as perceived by people. The interaction of colors is explored as it relates to studying the forms of color, color harmonies, and color contrasts.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT102.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT202 Basic Portraiture

3 credits—This course presents an introduction and an overview of the professional portrait field. The course will introduce management techniques used in portrait studios. The course will include instruction on studio equipment and utilizing natural light and studio lighting to produce acceptable portraits.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT106, PHT108, and PHT109.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $550.50

PHT204 Basic Commercial Photography

3 credits—This course presents an overview of a profession in commercial still photography. Techniques, assignment types, expectations, working conditions, types of photography products used, studio procedures and equipment requirements will be discussed. Simple commercial techniques will be applied in practical assignments.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT106, PHT108, and PHT109.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Semester 3

PHT215 Portrait Image Editing

3 credits—This course will deal with adjusting and enhancing images after capture and before final output using computer imaging software. Emphasis will be on images used in the portrait photography industry.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): PHT106

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT220 Intermediate Portraiture

3 credits—This course is designed to assist the student in learning advanced portrait techniques and the business tools needed to start and maintain a portrait studio. The course creates an awareness of the work environment the student will enter. This course builds on the skills learned in Basic Portraiture and will include portrait assignments incorporating the criteria for acceptable portraits while utilizing studio lighting and natural lighting.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT202.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $550.50

PHT241 Portrait Business

3 credits—This course overviews the day to day operations specific to a portrait photography business, including business structure, cost of doing business, invoicing, staffing and business taxes.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT202.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

3 credits—This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis on developing interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Semester 4

PHT217 Advanced Portrait Image Editing

3 credits—This course will deal with multiple images in portrait production giving a series of images that will be used together in an album or multi-image presentation a consistent look, or insuring a series of images that will be combined into a composite image will have appropriate balance.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): PHT215

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT240 Portrait Production and Portfolio

3 credits—This course is designed to assist the student in learning production portrait techniques and the customer services needed to start and maintain a portrait studio. The course creates an awareness of the work environment. This course builds on the skills learned in Intermediate Portraiture and will include various portrait assignments in the studio, outdoors and on location. A portfolio presentation is required upon completion.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT220.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $585.50

PHT244 Wedding Photography

4 credits—This course presents an overview of the professional wedding field. The course will include instruction on equipment, lighting and posing utilized for photographing a wedding. The course will also cover marketing, sales techniques and the day-to-day business procedures needed to operate a wedding business.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): PHT220

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

Portrait Photography Emphasis Electives

BUS102 Introduction to Business

3 credits—An introductory survey course which provides an overview of the major functions in business with relation to current social, economic and environmental concerns.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

GRA133 Desktop Publishing

4 credits—This course introduces the student to computer generated layout and design production skills using electronic publishing software. Emphasis is a "hands-on" introduction to the leading page-layout application program utilized in the graphic communications industry.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64

2016–2017 Course Cost: $714.00

MGT110 Small Business Management

3 credits—A study of current theory and practices in creating and running a small business. The course includes the study of management functions as well as a discussion of business startup, including the creation of a business plan.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MKT110 Principles of Marketing

3 credits—An overview of the processes, problems and activities associated with the planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion and distribution of ideas, goods and services to create exchanges.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MKT140 Principles of Selling

3 credits—Planned learning activities and experiences emphasize the psychology of selling, the selling process, sales techniques, and selling as a professional career.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

NET109 A+ Certification Prep Course

4 credits—This course will teach basic knowledge of desktop and laptop operating systems. This course will teach the important knowledge and skills necessary to competently install, build, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot and repair personal computer compatible hardware including troubleshooting basic network and internet connectivity, dial-up, DSL, and cable. Additionally, this course will also cover the latest memory, bus, peripherals, and wireless technologies.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 64

2016–2017 Course Cost: $719.00

PHT208 Basic Photojournalism

3 credits—This survey of photojournalism as a profession leads to publishable photographs through practical assignments. The techniques and working style of outstanding photojournalists are presented in multi-image programs.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT210 Visual Communication

3 credits—This course is a survey of the tools, materials and processes used for the production of visual messages in society. Course work includes practical application in the selection, utilization and implementation of materials in the preparation and design of messages.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT216 Commercial Image Editing

3 credits—This course will deal with adjusting and enhancing images after capture and before final output using computer imaging software. Emphasis will be on images used in the commercial photography industry.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): PHT106 and PHT111

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT218 Advanced Commercial Image Editing

3 credits—This course will deal with multiple images in commercial production; giving a series of images that will be used together in a catalog or brochure a consistent look, or insuring a series of images that will be combined into a composite image will have appropriate balance.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): PHT216

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT227 Intermediate Commercial

3 credits—This course builds on the theory and techniques learned in Basic Commercial Photography. Lighting and image control will be presented in a variety of situations both in the studio and on location.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT204.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT229 Intermediate Photojournalism

3 credits—This course prepares students to find employment with various publications and media outlets including newspapers, magazines, public relations departments and internet outlets. Portfolio presentation is required upon completion

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in PHT208.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT235 Tech. for Studio Promotion

3 credits—This course emphasizes fundamental promotional methods used in professional portrait photography studios and provides exposure to the various advertising and marketing strategies to promote the studio and raise public awareness.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT202 or PHT204.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT242 Audio Visual Presentations

3 credits—This course introduces the student to the aspects of planning, producing, distributing and presenting computer based multimedia. Macintosh and PC computer platforms will be utilized to complete assignments. Students will integrate digital photography and digital audio to produce assignments.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT110 or MMS103.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT245 History of Photography

3 credits—This course introduces the student to the history of the photographic profession and it's ascent to the modern art form we know today. The people, processes, and their contribution to society throughout photography's short history will be discussed and studied. In addition, the medium's future will be examined.

Lecture Hours: 48

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT247 Commercial Production and Portfolio

3 credits—This course will look at a number of challenging situations likely to be encountered by commercial photographers, including ones that require advanced lighting solutions, large teams of people, or extensive planning and preparation. This course analyzes a variety of photographic styles and considers the importance of developing a personal photographic style. Students will be required to produce and present a portfolio of their commercial images.

Lecture Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): PHT227

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT248 Commercial Business

3 credits—This course overviews the day to day operations specific to a commercial photography business, including business structure, cost of doing business, invoicing, staffing and business taxes.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT204.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT249 Advanced Commercial Lighting

3 credits—The course will cover advanced lighting theory and techniques, working with a number of both common and challenging lighting situations likely to be encountered by commercial photographers, on location and in studio.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT204.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT251 Fine Art Photography

3 credits—This course will present an overview of the Fine Art Photography field. Outlets will be identified for selling personal fine art photography. The course will also include instruction on how to apply to shows and give direction on how to present, display, and sell fine art photography.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT111.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT252 Film and Print Scanning

3 credits—This course will study the conversion from analog film and prints into a digital format that can be used within electronic image editing and output.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): PHT215 or PHT216

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

PHT253 Art Direction

3 credits—This course will provide an overview of the working relationship between the photographer and the art director, as well as explore skills needed for good communication and collaboration.

Lecture Hours: 48

Pre/Co-requisite(s): A minimum grade of D in PHT204.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

Math Electives

MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts

3 credits—This is a one semester, liberal arts mathematics course that satisfies the minimum general education requirement for math. The course is designed to impart math skills which are helpful in everyday life as well as to expose students to areas of mathematics they may not have seen before. Topics include problem-solving skills, set theory, algebra, consumer mathematics, probability, and statistics. Other topics may be included.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of D- in MAT063 or equivalent COMPASS score.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MAT122 College Algebra

5 credits—Begins a two semester sequence to prepare students for the calculus sequence. The central theme is the concept of functions, their properties, graphs and applications. Functions studied include polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions.

Lecture Hours: 80

Prerequisite(s): MAT102 or equivalent COMPASS score.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $842.50

MAT128 Precalculus

4 credits—This one-semester pre-calculus course is intended for the student with a solid algebra background who intends to take calculus. It is also beneficial (but not required) for the student to have a background in trigonometry. The course will emphasize functions using an analytical, numerical, and graphical approach. The student will study linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions along with their applications.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate placement scores

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

MAT134 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry

3 credits—The second course of a two-semester pre-calculus sequence. Topics include trigonometry and applications, vectors, analytic geometry, and polar and parametric equations.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT122 or equivalent COMPASS score.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MAT156 Statistics

3 credits—This course is a study of descriptive statistics including graphical representation, central tendency, correlation and regression, intuitive treatment of probability and inferential statistics including hypothesis testing.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): MAT063

2016–2017 Course Cost: $505.50

MAT210 Calculus I

4 credits—The first in a calculus sequence, this course covers topics including functions and their graphs, limits, derivatives, applications of the derivative, and integrals.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C- in MAT134 or MAT128 or appropriate placement scores.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

MAT216 Calculus II

4 credits—A continuation of MAT-210, this course covers topics including integration techniques, applications of integration, infinite series, conic sections, parametric and polar equations.

Lecture Hours: 64

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C- in MAT210.

2016–2017 Course Cost: $674.00

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