Photographer Assistant

Photographer Assistant - Certificate

Recommended Course Sequence

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
VCOM 1010 Introduction to Photoshop
Description
VCOM 1010 This is an introduction of the basic tools used for image manipulation in Adobe PhotoShop. Image modification and compositing, use of the scanner, and mastery of PhotoShop tools are stressed. Image adjustment and enhancement and layer masks are also taught. Prerequisites: None. DUAL NUMBERED COURSE IDES1010.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 06/01/2003 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1010

2
VCOM 1021 Introduction to Photography
Description
VCOM 1021 In this course the student will learn how to use all the manual 35mm camera controls to create good black and white photographs. We will practice using the motion and depth-of-field controls in different kinds of outdoor and natural lighting conditions. The student will combine the knowledge of different films and exposure techniques with the study of artistic composition to produce pleasing images. Discussion of basic accessories and special techniques will round out the camera knowledge. Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/21/2006 - 12/31/2015

Course Outline: VCOM1021

3
VCOM 1360 Photography Workshop
Description
VCOM 1360 This course allows the student to choose the types of learning experiences they would like to be involved in. Emphasis is placed on the student and the instructor designing a specific educational goal and clearly defining the intended skills and results to be accomplished. This course will meet the highly creative and unique areas of photography or imaging that are not covered by any other course content. Much of the time the student will be expected to work with minimal supervision. Can be taken multiple times. Prerequisites: Approval is based on instructor recommendation and a minimum of previous photographic experience.

Credits:

Effective Dates: 06/01/2003 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1360

1
VCOM 1515 Photo Lighting Techniques
Description
VCOM 1515 The essence of good photography is the ability to recognize and expose for different lighting conditions. This course covers the use of all types of light meters under all different lighting conditions from indoor flash to outdoor and difficult light. This will be a study of the properties of light ranging from color temperature to direction and quality of both natural and artificial lights. Other related areas include how different film, filters, and lenses react to these lighting conditions. Prerequisites: VCOM1021 or concurrent enrollment.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 05/01/2004 - 12/31/2015

Course Outline: VCOM1515

2
VCOM 1570 Portrait Photography
Description
VCOM 1570 This course covers the use of studio lighting and cameras to produce professional looking portraits. Emphasis will be on the use of medium (120) format camera and film to capture images of people. A critical skill in this area is the ability to use the correct lighting to enhance the character and features of the customer. Projects will also include the use of gray cards, light meters, and posing techniques. Prerequisites: VCOM1020, VCOM1510.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 06/01/2003 - 12/31/2015

Course Outline: VCOM1570

2
VCOM 2510 Commercial Photography
Description
VCOM 2510 In this course the student will learn how to use all the features of a large format, 4x5 view camera to produce commercial style images. By using special image distortion correction and depth of field controls, the student will setup and shoot many different types of images, such as still life, product, advertisement, and others. The use of studio lighting will be discussed and used during these projects as well as the use of natural lighting when photographing outdoor commercial projects. Prerequisites: VCOM 1020, VCOM 1515, and VCOM 1570 required.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 06/01/2003 - 12/31/2015

Course Outline: VCOM2510

2
VCOM 2520 Digital Photography
Description
VCOM 2520 In this course the student will apply the fundamentals of photography, lighting, and digital imaging in order to produce professional quality digital photographs. Students will apply the principals of digital photographic "workflow" to projects which will include studio portraits, still life, and outdoor architectural projects. Students will apply techniques of working with layouts, file management, and color management to produce images both for print and web production.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 06/01/2003 - 12/31/2015

Course Outline: VCOM2520

2
VCOM 2540 The Business of Photography
Description
VCOM 2540 Professional photographers who use the craft to pay their bills will tell you the the vast majority of their duties do not revolve around photography itself, but the many and varied activities that support the business of photography. This course, therefore, does not teach students photography per se. This course will teach students about the skills, tools, and resources necessary to succeed in busines. Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 08/21/2006 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM2540

2
VCOM 2581 Photo Portfolio
Description
VCOM 2581 This hands-on course will guide the student through the creation of a photography-based portfolio. Concepts in assemble techniques, display options and presentation methods will be at the heart of this course. Upon completion the student will have an industry-ready photographic portfolio in preparation for career exploration.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 08/20/2007 - 12/31/2015

Course Outline: VCOM2581

2
Technical Elective(s)* 1
Total Core Credits: 19
Total Program Credits: 19
* Select Technical electives from the following subject areas: VCOM .