GCC Photography

Glendale Community College

Course Descriptions

From the introductory courses on, students are encouraged to explore different techniques and ideas in self motivated projects. Most classes are hybrid classes allowing students to work traditionally or digitally with emphasis placed on creating a professional work flow regardless of the medium. All the instructors teaching in the photography program are working artists and photographers who are dedicated to student learning.

Photography 101 – Introduction to Photography – 4 Units
Photography 103 – Medium and Large Format Photography – 4 Units
Photography 106 – Lighting I – 4 Units
Photography 107 – Special Projects – 2 to 4 Variable Units
Photography 112 – Lighting II – 4 Units
Photography 115 – Professional Practices for Photographers – 2 Units
Photography 118 – Documentary Photography – 4 Units
Photography 121 – Photoshop I – 3 Units
Photography 122 – Photoshop II – 3 Units
Photography 130 – Digital Photography – 4 Units
Photography 140 – Fine Art Photography – 4 Units
Photography 142 – Commercial Photography – 4 Units

Course Descriptions

Photography 101 – Introduction to Photography – 4 Units

Photography 101 is a beginning course in which students will be introduced to basic camera
features and photo composition. The course covers consumer level digital camera and
35mm film camera features such as the aperture, shutter, and light meter, methods to obtain
proper exposures and creative control, and composition to improve image quality. Students
will learn to process and print traditional black and white photos as well as digital methods of
of image reproduction. Emphasis is placed on print quality and composition throughout the
course. This is a foundation course required for the photography certificate.
Prerequisite: None

Photography 103 – Intermediate Black and White – 4 Units

Photography 103 is an in depth examination of traditional black and white films and paper.
The course covers the Zone System method of pre-visualizing the subject as it would appear
in the final print before making the exposure, then gearing the exposure, developing, and printing
processes towards reproducing the pre-visualized tones. Included in the course are film, paper,
and chemical chararactics. Students create projects usiing course information. Print quality
and design are emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Photo 101 or equivalent

Photography 106 – Lighting I – 4 Units

Photography 106 is a course in which students explore the creative use of available light,
studio hot lamps, and on-camera flash. The course covers principles of light, exposure
control, and light effects on image desgn. Student create projects using course content.
Emphasis is placed on composition and print quality throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Photography 101 or equivalent

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Photography 107 – Special Projects – 2 to 4 Variable Units

Photography 107 is designed for advanced photo students to concentrate on a single project
duriing the course. The student will explore and combine an aesthetic and expressive use
of the photographic medium to complete projects with developed artist’s statements. Research
and reading assignments will be made where applicable.
Prerequisite: Photo 106 or equivalent

Photography 112 – Lighting II – 4 Units

Photography 112 is a course in which students work in the lighting studio using strobes. The
course covers principles of studio light, key, fill, background setups, exposure control for
strobes, and portrait and still life techniques. Students create projects using course information.
Print quality and design are emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Photography 106 or equivalent

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Photography 115 – Professional Practices for Photographers – 2 Units

Photography 115 is an advanced photography course covering principles and practices within
the field for hire or exhibition. Students will contstruct artist resumes and artist statements
related to their work. Course includes promotion, portfollio layout, releases, estimates, invoices,
gallery negotations, and image licensing issues for photographers. Students must have a
developed body of photographic work that will be used for class projects.
Prerequisite: Photography 106 or equivalent

Photography 118 – Documentary Photography – 4 Units

Photography 118 is a photo course focusing on documentary approaches in photography.
Students are introduced to and guided through documentary styles, project and theme
development, and technical and design techniques used to communicate theme. Students
create a series of related images using course information. Print quality, concept, and
design are emphasized thoughout the course.
Prerequisite: Photography 106 or equivalent

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Photography 121 – Photoshop I – 3 Units

Photography 121 introduces students to basic imaging techniques using Photoshop, an
industry standard graphics software and image editor. Students will work with tools, layers,
adjustments, and layer masks to create graphics, enhance images, and composite. Students
create projects using course information.
Prerequisite: None

Photography 122 – Photoshop II – 3 Units

Photography 122 is a second level Photoshop course for students who already have a solid
understanding of Photoshop basic tools and techniques. Existing Photoshop skills are built
upon to create high resoluiton composited images. Special effects and advanced methods
of layout, compositiong, masking, and image enhancing are covered in the course. Students
create projects using course information.
Prerequisite: Photography 121 or Photography 130 or equivalent

Photography 130 – Digital Photography – 4 Units

Photo 130 is an advanced digital course which introduces students to professional digital SLR
(Single Lens Reflex) and medium format camera features, capture, file types, working with an
image editor, file archiving, basic image corrections, and output and delivery methods. Students
work with professional digital cameras to create projects emphasizing commercial photo concepts.
Prerequisite: Photography 101 or equivalent

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Photography 140 – Fine Art Photography – 4 Units

Photo 140 is a photo course focusing on fine art approaches in photography. Student are
introduced to and guided through artistic styles, project and theme development, and technical
and design techniques used in fine art photography. Students create self-motivated projects
intended for exhibition within a fine art context. Priint quality, concept, and design are emphasized
throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Photography 106 or equivalent

Photography 142 – Commercial Photography – 4 Units

Photo 142 is a photo course focusing on editorial and commercial approaches in photography.
Students are introduced to and guided through editorial styles, project and theme development,
and technical and design techniques used in commercial photography. Students create projects
to fulfill specified criteria as they would in a professional setting. Print quality, concept, and design
are emphasized throughout the course.
Prerequisite: Photography 106 or equivalent

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