Photography: Documentary

Spring 2021
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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This class will explore how digital photography can be used as a tool for creative documentation. Students will focus on principles of visual documentation in presenting accurate narratives about contemporary social, environmental, and/or personal issues. The course is project based – students will identify, research, and make images on an issue of their choice throughout the entire quarter. Work will culminate in a final portfolio that may take the form of the student’s choice (virtual exhibition, printed zine or photobook, multimedia website, etc.) Final projects must address a particular topic (from your perspective) and clearly communicate your message to a broad audience.

To successfully participate in this program, students will need access to reliable internet, a computer capable of running Adobe programs, and a DSLR camera. DSLR cameras will be available to rent via Media Loan but students must be able to come to campus for equipment pick-up if equipment rental is needed.

Students can expect our remote teaching to be around 1-2 hours of remote meeting per week and 4-6 hours of asynchronous coursework/independent work time per week, using Canvas and Zoom. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous participation if conditions require.



previous college-level photography coursework and a portfolio

Spring 2021 Registration

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Students must present a portfolio that demonstrates a basic working knowledge of camera operation, lighting, and image processing (digital or analog); this can be at the Academic Fair or in an email with a link to an electronic portfolio.  Previous college-level photography coursework is recommended.  Contact the faculty for more information.

Course Reference Numbers

(4): 30157

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Fields of Study
Preparatory For

photography, photojournalism, visual art, media

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