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ART 120 | PHOTOGRAPHY Professor Darrell Kincer Course Content Via Moodle
All course content, including grades, attendance, assignments/rubrics, handouts, samples, PowerPoints, etc., will be found and accessed through Georgetown Colleges Moodle site: https://scholar.georgetowncollege.edu/, ART120(A): Photography, FA12.
General Information Course: ART 120, Photography (3 credit hours) Semester: Fall, 2012 Time: Tuesday, Thursday 8:3010:50 AM Instructor: Professor Darrell Kincer Office: WAB 107 Phone: ext. 7976 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays from 1:002:30 PM and Tuesdays, Thursdays from 1:302:30 PM, or by appointment; see
sign-up sheet outside of office
Course Description This course explores both traditional darkroom and digital photography practices. Students will be instructed in the operation of the camera, subject, and compositional considerations, image refinement, and a variety of printing methods. All students will receive help in expanding their knowledge and vision for the photographic medium as well as prepare them for further development of personal photographic work. Special fee applies, please see Financial Planning and Expenses section of the College Catalog. Fall and Spring
Recommended Texts - The Photo Book (also called The Photography Book), Phaidon Press, ISBN: 0714844888 - The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers, Scott Kelby, ISBN: 0321700910
- Demonstrate a core knowledge of photography through lectures, demonstrations, writing assignments, and studio projects - Develop basic visual literacy and critical analysis of photographic images through lectures, writing assignments, and studio
projects - Creative use and application of traditional analog materials through studio projects - Effective presentation of photographic work through studio projects - Proficient and creative use of digital camera through studio projects - Understanding and application of digital post-production techniques, including imaged editing/manipulation, presentation, and
digital printing through studio projects - Apply quantitative skills in relation to exposure, mixing chemistry, and file/ image size and resolution control through tests and
studio projects - Expand the ability to think creatively and develop problem solving skills through studio projects
Foundations & Core Outcomes
- Acquire a core of knowledge addressing major questions from the fine arts - Students will cultivate skills in inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, and quantitative
Department Outcomes - Skills in formal and contextual analysis - The ability to relate ones own creative ideas and intentions to the wider contemporary and historical context - Technical skills showing knowledge of traditional and digital media thereby enabling the student to execute work with
competence and clarity
Credit Hours & Class Time - Georgetown College policy expects a student to complete 45 hours worth of work for every hour of academic credit, therefore it
is expected that students will invest at least 135 hours in this course. - Class sessions typically include lectures and demonstrations, in-class work time for projects, and critiques. On occasion there may
be field trips or guest presentations. In-class time accounts for approximately 75 hours. - Students are expected to invest the remaining 60 hours (or more) of work outside of class. This breaks down to an average of
four hours of homework per week that will primarily be devoted to completing course projects.
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- The digital lab, darkroom and other supplies/equipment/technology within the Wilson Art Building will be available outside of class time (as long as there is not another class meeting in the room at that time). Open studio hours will be posted outside of classrooms for reference. The Wilson Art Building is open daily from 6:30 AM until 12:00 midnight.
Attendance Policy Art Department Policy requires students to attend 80% of the class meetings in order to earn credit for the course, however it is strongly advised that they attend every class. In relation to this policy: Students may miss the equivalent of three classes without affecting their final grade. Students will receive a absence for arriving late to class or leaving early without the professors consent. If you do not
arrive by the time the professor begins to lecture or provide class instruction, you are considered late. For in-class workdays, you will be counted late if you arrive five minutes after class begins.
Students will receive a absence if they arrive extremely late or leave extremely early without the professors consent. Very late or early is approximately 2030 minutes, but is ultimately at the discretion of the professor.
Missing more than three classes will negatively affect a students final grade at a rate of 5% points for each class missed beyond three. Example: a student with a 92% in the class with four absences will lower his/her final grade to 87%.
A student will automatically fail the class if he/she misses the equivalent of six classes. Be aware: points may also be deducted for lack of class participation or distractions during class. This includes, but is not
limited to, personal use of the internet for email, Facebook, etc. or use of personal electronic devices. As a common courtesy, these activities should be completed before/after class or during breaks.
Lectures and demonstrations will NOT be repeated. Therefore, attendance at all class sessions and careful note taking is critical. In case of an absence, students are responsible for obtaining all notes from classmates; check the Moodle site for any missed handouts or assignments. It is also wise to alert the professor ahead of time if you know you will not attend class. Also, alert the professor if you are participating in a college athletic team or other activity that may routinely affect your attendance.
Grading Opportunities and Guidelines - Grading opportunities for this course will be comprised of one written assignment, two tests, and five studio projects. Each
opportunity will have a specific point value for a total of 195 points. Final grade will be an average of all points earned, alongside consideration of class attendance, and any extra-credit opportunities.
- Each studio project will have a specific rubric detailing the critical elements of that assignment for grading, typically including: materials needed/provided, properly completing the assignment, craft and quality, originality and/or creativity, and participation in critique.
- Projects must be completed and ready to present before class starts unless otherwise indicated. Late submissions will be penalized 20 percentage points for each class that it is late, this includes work that is not ready to present at the beginning of class. Note: submit you project ahead of time if you will be absent the day it is due to avoid penalties for late submission.
- Absence during critique will automatically lower your grade by 20 percentage points due to lack of participation. Note critique dates, plan ahead, and consult with the professor to potentially arrange an alternate activity for improving your grade. If for some reason your project is not completed on time, you should still attend and participate in the critique.
- Any work completed on time and meeting the minimum requirements may be resubmitted for potential grade improvement according to the professors discretion. Consult the rubric for each assignment about specifics.
- At times it is difficult to spend significant amounts of time discussing each students work. Always consider speaking to the professor outside of class, perhaps during office hours, to receive one-on-one feedback about projects and/or grades. Basic grading standards A (100-92%) Outstanding work in concept, quality, craft, and presentation/defense; displaying attributes that go above
and beyond the project requirements. This type of work will always stand out as unique in quality and/or content/concept during critique.
A/B (91-88%) Very good work in concept, quality, craft, and presentation/defense. B (87-82%) Good work, but could use minor improvements. B/C (81-78%) Good work but could stand improvement. C (77-70%) Satisfactory work but needs strong improvement in some aspect. D (69-60%) Poor/below average work with problems or insufficiencies, or does not meet the minimum requirements for
the project. F (59-0%) Unacceptable work, having major problems or insufficiencies, and/or does not meet the minimum
requirements for the project.
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Conduct and Policies Information regarding the Undergraduate Honor System can be found at http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/studentlife/honor-system/ . General infractions include cheating, plagiarism, stealing, lying, and double assignments. Any assignment that incorporates referenced, borrowed, or copyrighted materials must be accompanied by a bibliography. Projects will not be accepted without proper documentation.
Phones, Electronic Devices, the Internet, etc. Please use common courtesy and refrain from the use of cell phones or other electronic devices during class time. Avoid checking Facebook, email, browsing the web, etc. unless directly related to a course project. These activities divert attention and typically handicap a students potential to succeed. If it is impera