1500 North Verdugo Road, Glendale, California 91214

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.

Please note that course numbers were updated this year and the new course numbers are reflected below.

Photography 101 – Introduction to Photography – 4 Units

Photography 103 – Medium and Large Format Photography – 4 Units

Photography 105 – Projects in Traditional Photography – 3 Units

Photography 111 – Lighting I – 4 Units

Photography 112 – Lighting II – 4 Units

Photography 130 – Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers – 4 Units

Photography 132 – Digital Photography II

Photography 140 – Fine Art Photography – 4 Units

Photography 142 – Commercial Photography – 4 Units

Photography 144 – Documentary Photography – 4 Units

Photography 146 – Advanced Projects in Photography – 4 Units

Photography 156 – Professional Practices for Photographers – 3 Units

Photography 158 – Contemporary Photography and Practices – 3 units

Photography 160 – Photoshop I – 3 Units

Photography 170 = Field Studies in Photography – 1.0 to 3.0 Units

Course Descriptions

Photography 101 – Introduction to Photography – 4 Units

PHOTO 101 introduces students to basic camera controls and techniques in both traditional and digital photographic methods. The historic development and diverse cultural history of photography is surveyed throughout the course. Signifi cant photographic works are presented and discussed to provide a context for the production and critique of photographic images. Note: Single Lens Refl ex (SLR) and Digital Single Lens Refl ex (DSLR) camera are available for checkout from the Photography Department. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 3 hours. Recommended Preparation: MATH 155 and ESL 125. Course Typically Off ered: Winter/ Spring/Summer/Fall. Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

Photography 103 – Intermediate Black and White – 4 Units

PHOTO 103 introduces students to medium and large format fi lm cameras and builds on black and white skills learned in PHOTO 101. Students learn to pre-visualize and image during exposure, developing, and printing processes. Students create personally inspired projects throughout the course. Significant photographic works by historic and contemporary photographers are presented to provide the diverse cultural contexts for the production of photographic images. Lecture 2 hours/Studio 4 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 101. Course Typically Offered: Spring. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Photography 105 – Projects in Traditional Photography – 4 Units

PHOTO 105 allows students to refine and develop skills learned in PHOTO 103. This course provides a concentrated study in black and white photographic techniques. Students combine technique and concept to explore the black and white process and participate in group and individual critique throughout the term. Students study the work of historic and contemporary photographers working in black and white photography. Students are encouraged to develop their own expressive aesthetics and concepts in their work. Lecture 1.5 hours/Laboratory 4.5 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 103. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Photography 111 – Lighting I – 4 Units

(Previously PHOTO 106) PHOTO 111 students explore the creative use of available light, basic studio lighting, and on-camera fl ash. Principles of light, lighting design in relation to concept, exposure control are presented. Students learn to control light through exposure and use light modifi ers. Students create projects using course content. Photographic works of signifi cant photographers are presented throughout the course. Note: Students who previously completed PHOTO 106 prior to Fall 2019 will not receive credit for PHOTO 111. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 101. Course Typically Off ered: Fall/Spring. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Photography 112 – Lighting II – 4 Units

PHOTO 112 is a course in which students work in the lighting studio using strobes. Students learn the principles of studio strobe lighting, key, fi ll, background setups, exposure control for strobes. Students learn to control and utilize studio strobe lighting systems. Students create projects using course content. Photographic works of signifi cant photographers are presented throughout the course. Lecture 3 hours/ Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 111. Course Typically Off ered: Fall. Transfer Credit: CSU

Photography 130 – Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers – 4 Units

PHOTO 130 is an intermediate Photography course that teaches Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for digital photography. Students create projects using their own digital photos, using Adobe Lightroom to organize and edit photos, and Photoshop to retouch and enhance their images. Basic image exporting and printing are covered. Signifi cant photographic works are presented and discussed to provide a context for the production and critique of photographic images. This is required for photography majors. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 101. Course Typically Off ered: Fall/ Spring. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Photography 132 – Digital Photography II – 4 Units

PHOTO 132 provides second level instruction in digital image editing and cataloging software, like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for digital photography. Retouching, compositing and printing skills are enhanced with hands on training. Students work on projects using their own digital photos. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 130 or equivalent. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Photography 140 – Fine Art Photography – 4 Units

PHOTO 140 is a photo course focusing on fi ne art approaches in photography. Students are introduced to and guided through artistic styles, project and theme development, and technical and design techniques used in fi ne art photography. Students create selfmotivated projects intended for exhibition within a fi ne art context. Signifi cant documentary photographic works are presented and discussed to provide a context for the production and critique of photographic images. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 111 or PHOTO 130 or equivalent. Transfer Credit: CSU.

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 fulfi ll specifi ed criteria as they would in a professional setting. Signifi cant documentary photographic works are presented and discussed to provide a context for the production and critique of photographic images. Lecture 2 hours/Laboratory 6 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 111 or equivalent. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Photography 144 – Documentary Photography – 4 Units

(Previously PHOTO 118) PHOTO 144 is a photo course focusing on documentary approaches in photography. Students are introduced to and guided through documentary styles, project and theme development, and design techniques used to communicate theme. Students create projects using course information. Signifi – cant documentary photographic works are presented and discussed to provide a context for the production and critique of photographic images. Note: This course may not be taken by students who have completed PHOTO 118 prior to Fall 2019. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 111. Transfer Credit: CSU

Photography 146 – Advanced Projects in Photography – 4 Units

(Previously PHOTO 107) PHOTO 146 is designed for advanced photo students to concentrate on a single project during the course. The student explores and combines an aesthetic and expressive use of the photographic medium to complete projects with developed artists’ statements. Research and reading assignments will be made where applicable. Note: Students who previously completed PHOTO 107 prior to Fall 2019 will not receive credit for PHOTO 146. Lecture 3 hours/Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 111. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Photography 156 – Professional Practices for Photographers – 3 Units

(Previously PHOTO 115) PHOTO 156 is an advanced photography course covering principles and practices within the field for hire or exhibition. Students construct artist resumes and artist statements related to their work. Course includes promotion, portfolio layout, releases, estimates, invoices, gallery negotiations, and image licensing issues for photographers. Students must have a developed body of photographic work that will be used for class projects. Note: Students who previously completed PHOTO 115 prior to Fall 2019 will not receive credit for PHOTO 156. Lecture 3 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 101. Course Typically Offered: Spring.

Photography 158 – Contemporary Photography and Practices – 3 Units

(Previously PHOTO 145) PHOTO 158 is a survey of techniques and practices of contemporary photographers and their relationship to past practices and movements within Photography. Current trends in photographic image making are presented. Students examine the crossover of fi ne art, documentary, commercial and editorial practices as well as the impact of digital methods in photography. Note: Students who previously completed PHOTO 145 prior to Fall 2019 will not receive credit for PHOTO 158. Lecture 3 hours. Recommended Preparation: ENGL 120 or ESL 151. Course Typically Offered: Spring. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Photography 160 – Photoshop I – 3 Units

(Previously PHOTO 121) PHOTO 160 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. Note: Photography majors should enroll in PHOTO 130 rather than PHOTO 160. Note: This course may not be taken by students who have completed PHOTO 121 prior to Fall 2019. Lecture 2.5 hours/Laboratory 1.5 hours. Prerequisite: None. Course Typically Off red: Fall/Spring. Transfer Credit: CSU.

Photography 170 – Field Studies in Photography – 1.0 – 3.0 Units

PHOTO 170 provides students with hands on experience photographing in the fi eld. Students will travel and study in the United States at the student’s own expense. Each course offering will concentrate on a specific target area, chosen for its cultural or social significance. Each student will create an individual project that relates to each site, under the direction of a Glendale Community College Photography instructor. Note: This course may be taken 4 times; a maximum of 12 units may be earned. Each repetition must be in a different area of the United States. Lecture 0.5-1.5 hours/Laboratory 1.5-4.5 hours. Prerequisite: PHOTO 101.

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  1. Hello there,

    I would like to know more about this program. I am starting my masters program in a year and I am looking into learn photography while I have some free time.
    Where can I obtain more information about cost/fees, class dates and program details?

    Thank you in advance.

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