PHOT 1100 This hands-on introductory course is designed to familiarize students with the industry standard Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera. Coursework will cover operation of manually-adjustable DSLR camera functions such as controlling motion, depth of field, ISO, white balance through various indoor, outdoor, and natural lighting conditions. Gaining an understanding of the controls and adjustments will be the key to this course; but students will also be exposed to additional skills such as management and output of images as part of the digital workflow procedures, photographic composition, use of on-camera flash, presentation of finished images, and uses of images in the industry.
PHOT 1200 The essence of good photography is the ability to apply principals of photography to the understanding of light and lighting conditions. This course teaches students to differentiate and control light by distinguishing qualities of light in terms of direction, color, contrast, and intensity. It builds on this differentiation by teaching ways to modify light, both in the studio and on location. this course covers the use of various types of light meters and light modifiers used in all different lighting conditions from studio, to window light, to indoor flash, and to outdoor light. Consideration is given to the use of traditional lighting methods and the significance of these methods in the commercial photography market.
PHOT 1350 Photographers not only need to master their digital camera but also master the software that downloads, organizes, manipulates, enhances, stores and outputs their images for the clients. The two main software (but not the only) that this course will introduce is Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. Since these two software can be used separately and interchangeably, both are being introduced in this one course. Skilled use of the computers operating system software will be covered and expected as well. Essential for skillful use of these software will be a thorough understanding, identification, and ability to use the 100+ tools that both Lightroom and Photoshop bring to the user. Projects will be designed to exercise as many tools and techniques as possible. Be prepared to bring personal images to class for hands-on practice.
PHOT 1650 In this course the student will learn to apply the traditional principals of design to the process of photography. Students will explore ways that professional photographers apply cultural, historical, and aesthetic principals in order to communicate specific ideas. The course allows students to explore photographic subject matter including people, landscapes, and still life in terms of photographys visual language. Students will discuss and develop their personal style as a photographer, and identify this style within a historical and cultural context. Students will also view the work of contemporary masters, and students will make images and participate in critique sessions to further expand their command of visual aesthetics.
PHOT 1750 In this course, students will learn the fundamentals of commercial portraiture. Students will apply knowledge of lighting and exposure, along with understanding of posing and styling, in order to make images for todays discriminating consumer. Assignments will include a variety of genres of portrait photography and pictorial styles. Students will also make images in a variety of lighting conditions including existing environmental portraits, studio lighting, and existing ambient and window light conditions.
PHOT 1850 This course is designed to introduce the visual artist/technician to the concepts, uses and operation of digital single lens reflex (DSLR) video cameras. Emphasis will be placed on the use of DSLR camera and video/audio equipment to augment the practice of photography for special events such as weddings, anniversaries, and other events. Camera capture techniques using different compositions, zooms, views and angles will be covered along with basic story-boarding and time-lining. Basic video editing will cover importing, organizing, clip management, transitions, special effects, and adding audio tracks that can be used to create multimedia presentations. Information on storage and presentation to the client and customer will also be covered. Access to a DSLR video-capable camera and high capacity memory cards is recommended.
PHOT 2200 The purpose of this course is to give photography students an opportunity to gain access to and experience to their chosen career path before graduating from the photography program. Student will begin the course by working with the instructor to identify their intended career or continuing education path following completing of the program. The student and instructor will customize a course of study intended to help the student achieve his or her career/continuing education goals upon graduation. Students may choose to participate in Industry Internships, take part in community service learning projects, or conduct industry research in order to gain better insight and access to the students intended career path. Upon completion of the study, students will assess and compare their own industry readiness to the expectations of the marketplace.
PHOT 2450 This course will bring the student to the advanced level of image processing by building on the tools and skills from PHOT1350 Photo Software. This project based courses will simulate make real-life projects and challenges that a photographer will face in this industry. Some of the skills that students will expected to master will be advanced portrait retouching, non-destructive based editing, image enhancement, corrective techniques, creating composites and solving image problems. These advanced skills in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom will be the primary emphasize in this class as the photographer learns how to solve editing, workflow and technical challenges and create unique products to help them succeed in the competitive workplace.
PHOT 2510 In this course, students will take part in the planning, photography, and post-production of studio commercial photography projects. Emphasis will be given to studio lighting, and students will apply lighting and aesthetic skills to a variety of assignments including architecture, food, still-life objects, glassware, and textiles. Students will also replicate industry work as they make images according to client specifications regarding size, cropping, file format output, color, and other layout considerations.
PHOT 2550 This course builds on the printing skills introduced in the prerequisite courses by providing advanced color theory and practical application of digital color printing techniques by using various types of printing equipment. At the heart of this course is a thorough understanding of color theory, color application, color recognition and color adjustments and color management as it relates to the production of high-quality color photographs in all facets of the industry. The student will use numerous computer systems and printing devices to produce color photographs ranging from wallets to large enlargements. The ultimate test of skills in this area is for a photographer or photo technician to be able to create and recognize high-quality photographs in order to stay competitive in the industry.
PHOT 2650 Successful photographers have a set of skills that include time management, organization, marketing, professional ethics, accounting and general business policies. These are the topics covered in this courses. The purpose is to prepare the individual for all the aspects of the business side of this industry. Whether the photographer or technician works for themselves as an entrepreneur or is employed by a photography company this knowledge will be beneficial to their success.
PHOT 2750 In this course, students will make a professional portfolio intended to align with the students career or continuing educational goals upon graduation from DCTC. Students will begin by clarifying and assessing their own post-college goals and then comparing those goals to the expectations of the niche market (s) they intend to pursue. Students will create a print portfolio as well as an electronic presentation of their work. Portfolios will be presented at a juried Senior Portfolio Show attended by all graduating students.
ENGL 1150 This course emphasizes the process of writing expository and persuasive essays using effective writing skills and a variety of research techniques. Also included in the course content are critical reading and logical reasoning.
Meets MnTC Goal 1 - PREREQUISITES: Student must score an 86 or above on the Accuplacer Sentence Skills assessment OR complete developmental courses through English Essentials AND score a 78 or higher on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension Assessment OR complete College Reading I or II.
SPEE 1020 This course is intended to increase student?s awareness of the processes, models, and theories of interpersonal communication relative to relationships that impact people?s personal and professional lives. Through self-analysis and reflection, case studies, practical application, and critical thinking, students will examine the influence of communicative behaviors on themselves, their personal relationships, groups, and society. Concepts include self-esteem, self-fulfilling prophecies, perception, ethics, emotion, conflict, cultural awareness, language, nonverbal communication, social media, and listening. Meets Goal 7.