So what that means:
We are going to learn about the fundamental principles of design and figure out how to master those through digital imagery (most likely photography). These principles apply to all areas of design whether it be websites, fashion, interior decorating, advertising, apps, architecture, etc. so it goes well beyond just photography and this class. You will demonstrate your understanding of these, not by a Scantron, but by actually creating images built upon these principles. The 6 we will focus on are (click on the terms to watch a quick intro tutorial):
Understanding the portfolio requirements is key to this class since that is what drives the majority of the assignments and material. So we'll look at each of the 3 sections with:
- the CollegeBoard definition
- a translation of the CollegeBoard definition into normal language
- a food metaphor (don't ask why but I hope it helps)
Requirements & Credit
This counts like any other class. The only difference is when and where you complete the work. No bells and no walls required!
You do not have to take another photography class before taking this but having some experience with cameras and editing is highly recommended. If you haven't taken a photo class at HBHS you should talk to Mr. Schwab first.
It is an AP course so it includes weighted credit for your GPA.
It counts for your Visual Performing Arts (VPA) credit.
College credit can be earned by submitting the final portfolio to the CollegeBoard and passing.
Image by James Hernandez
The structure of this course gives students a lot of freedom in how they decide to complete their coursework and improve as a photographer but it is very important that they stay disciplined and do not fall behind.
The class will meet every third Monday from 3pm-6pm in room I8. The exact dates will be on the Canvas course calendar once the school year starts.
Class meetings will include the introduction and discussion of upcoming assignments and course principles as well as class critiques (see below). Students are expected to attend each class session in its entirety in order to stay on track.
Each week, students will have assignments and course material that is due on Sunday night. All of these assignments are geared toward successfully completing a 29 image portfolio at the end of the year. Peer reviews and instructor feedback will be provided for weekly assignments.
Each quarter, students will submit a portfolio review of images created so far. Students can and should use images from the weekly assignments, provided they received positive scores and feedback on those images previously
Image by Sarah Cudahy
Optional Lab & Office Hours
- Mondays and Thursdays from 1pm-4pm
- Tutorial Tuesday-Friday
- Other times available upon request
Image by Julia Thompson
Assignments & Grades
- Assignments- 15%
- Class Participation & Professionalism- 25%
- Portfolios- 60%
Image by Mitzi Williams
Creating meaningful work is an ongoing process that requires continual refinement and improvement. Giving and receiving critiques is a major part of this class. It will happen in face to face settings and will also take place via Canvas discussions. Instructor feedback will also be available on a daily basis during lab time and office hours in order to get help on assignments while students are actively working on them. Students will be required to present their work to the class and engage in an evaluative discussion about each piece.
Image by Ethan Tweitmann
- No camera equipment is required to take this class.
- The best camera is the one you have on you- smartphone, DSLR, GoPro, etc.
- All necessary equipment is available for checkout or on-campus use. It is highly recommended though that students have access to a DSLR camera. The exact model and brand does not matter.
- It is suggested that students purchase Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography subscription ($9.99/month) in order to have access to Lightroom and Photoshop outside of class. Students that do not or can not purchase this subscription will need to use lab hours to edit and process their images.
- Reliable internet access
Image by Joshua Estrada
Policies and Procedures
- Read and agree to the Technology Usage Contract
- Be Professional
- Be Respectful
- Be On Time
- Ask Questions- If you don’t understand something, it is your responsibility to ask a classmate or the instructor for help in a timely manner.
- ALL assignments must be turned in on time to receive credit. Assignments submitted to Canvas will only be graded once but students have the opportunity to have their work checked as many times as needed BEFORE the due date.
- The structure of this class offers a lot of freedom and flexibility but with that comes the expectation of responsibility and effective time management. Since this class encourages the process of learning with opportunities for feedback and revisions it is essential that all assignments are turned in on time. No late work will be accepted.
Image by Tiana Troilo
You can't walk out of the grocery store with food without paying (legally, at least) and you can't take someone's image off this internet and use it without his/her permission (legally, at least).
All of the photos in this syllabus are from HBHS students. I asked for their permission and gave them photo credit.
Artistic integrity and current copyright law will be covered throughout the year in order to ensure all student work is original in concept and execution.
Image by Courtney Jones
All students are expected to be active participants online and in class throughout the duration of the course. It is essential that all students are aware of and display proper netiquette at all times in order to foster a professional learning environment.
Image by Cayley Hebert