Photographic Imaging Technology

Photographic Imaging Technology - A.A.S. Degree

Recommended Course Sequence

Core Courses

Course Title Credits
VCOM 1001 Introduction to Visual Communications
Description
VCOM 1001 This is an introductory course that prepares all students for entry into the Visual Communications field. General overviews will be given of the visual arts, photography and graphic design fields. Students will learn basic computer operation, how to use the local network, and learn general operational methods used in the Visual Communications Department. Additionally, students will learn to prepare, mount and display artwork. All these skills are a prerequisite for other courses in the Vis Com Department. Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 05/15/2006 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1001

2
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 1300 Intro to Adobe Lightroom
Description
VCOM 1300 Adobe Lightroom helps photographers organize and manipulate their images. It works hand in hand with Adobe Photoshop and Bridge but adds many new options and features. This course will explore the power and features of Lightroom and how it can import, catalog, save and organize thousands of images and save the photographer a lot of time upfront in the workflow. Then Lightroom's develop and print modules can modify, manipulate and improve digital images in a non-destructive manner. We will wrap up this class with practice outputting images to web, to CD and to labs to create products and images for client viewing. Bring a few hundred images to class for hands-on practice during this class.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 08/23/2010 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1300

2
VCOM 1430 Introduction to InDesign
Description
VCOM 1430 Students will become familiar with Adobe InDesign as an electronic publishing program. Emphasis will be placed on software operation. Use of text, graphics, tabs, style sheets, and master pages will be incorporated into projects. Prerequisites: None.

Credits: 2

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

Course Outline: VCOM1430

2
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 1523 Film and Darkroom
Description
VCOM 1523 Creating black-and-white prints in a traditional darkroom requires an understanding of the relationship between light, chemical and silver-based materials (photographic film and paper). This class concentrates on the basics of film exposure, film development and the printing of negatives in a traditional 'wet' darkroom. The class will learn to make properly-exposed and -developed negatives. In the printing darkroom, students will work with resin-coated paper, learning to control contrast and density, and exploring techniques such as dodging, burning and solarization. Safe, responsible darkroom habits are a critical part of the course curriculum. By semester's end, each student will have produced a portfolio of black-and-white prints.

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 05/23/2013 - 12/31/9999

Course Outline: VCOM1523

2
VCOM 1565 Color Printing Systems
Description
VCOM 1565 This course builds on the printing skills from the Basic Darkroom Techniques course by providing the theory and practice of traditional color printing by both automatic and custom printing equipment. At the heart of this course is a thorough understanding of color theory, color application, color recognition and color adjustments and management as it relates to the production of high-quality color photographs in all facets of the industry. The student will use numerous custom and semi-automatic color printing devices to produce color photographs ranging from wallets to 3-foot enlargements. The ultimate test of skills in this area is for a photographer or photo technician to be able to recognize and create a high-quality photograph in order to stay competitive in the industry. Prerequisites: VCOM1525 - Basic Darkroom Techniques.

Credits: 4

Effective Dates: 05/16/2005 - 12/31/2015

Course Outline: VCOM1565

4
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 1580 Introduction to Digital Imaging
Description
VCOM 1580 This course introduces the student to the technology needed to capture a digital image, manipulate it and then output the image back to a hardcopy. As the technology changes we will incorporate it into this course. Discussions of concepts, philosophy and industry impact of this technology will be held in each class session to help the student to understand how this technology will impact the student's careers and the industry as a whole. Projects will include the operation and discussion of digital cameras, photo CDs, flatbed and slide scanners, Macintosh computers, b/w and color printers and film recorders. Students will use and evaluate a minimum of three different imaging software during the course. Prerequisites: VCOM1000 or instructor approved Macintosh experience.

Credits: 2

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

Course Outline: VCOM1580

2
VCOM 1730 Advanced Photo Lighting Techniques
Description
VCOM 1730 This course builds on the skills learned in Photo Lighting Techniques to increase the student's knowledge of on-location lighting techniques, advanced studio lighting, and use of multiple lighting sources. Students will use a hands-on approach to apply ambient and artificial lighting techniques to real-life situations in portraiture; still-life subjects; and architectural subjects. Portrait and still-life lighting techniques will cover lighting as it relates to composition with an emphasis in using lighting to bring emotion and a flattering rendition of the photographic image. Prerequisites: VCOM1021, VCOM1515 or instructor approval

Credits: 2

Effective Dates: 08/22/2005 - 12/31/2015

Course Outline: VCOM1730

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 2551 Digital Studio Workflow I
Description
VCOM 2551 Digital photography is rapidly becoming the media of choice. Photographers are faced with a variety of image management issues as they explore new techniques and photographic opportunities. Students in this course will use a full digital studio to capture, manipulate, output and manage images via a standardized digital workflow process. In this course an emphasis is placed on color management. Students will explore both the technical issues involved in using digital equipment, and investigate the creative options available to the professional digital photographer. Prerequisites: VCOM1010, or instructor approval.

Credits: 2

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

Course Outline: VCOM2551

2
VCOM 2552 Digital Studio Workflow II
Description
VCOM 2552 This course enhances the skills and knowledge from VCOM2551 and takes workflow beyond capture, image management and output stages into the correction of difficult images and unusual situations. Advanced skills in Adobe Photoshop will be covered as the photographer learns how to solve technical issues and create unique products to help them succeed in the competitive workplace. Prerequisites: VCOM1006, VCOM1010, VCOM1021, VCOM1580, VCOM2520, VCOM2551

Credits: 2

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

Course Outline: VCOM2552

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
VCOM 2605 Audio/Video for Presentations
Description
VCOM 2605 This course introduces the student to the planning, designing and production of photo/video based presentations and audio. Students will learn how to develop timelines, narrative scripts and storyboards. Students will become familiar with techniques of audio, video and still images creation, compression and formatting appropriate for use in interactive multimedia and linear presentation. Delivery and packaging of a variety of digital media will also be covered. Prerequiste: None.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/21/2006 - 05/31/2015

Course Outline: VCOM2605

3
Technical Elective(s)* 7
Total Core Credits: 45

General Education Courses

Course Title Credits
ENGL 1150 Composition I
Description
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.

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 08/24/2009 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 1

Course Outline: ENGL1150

3
SPEE 1020 Interpersonal Communication
Description
SPEE 1020 This course focuses on the practical and theoretical concepts of human communications and the styles used in personal, social and professional environments. Students will also acquire skills in critical thinking, perception, listening, emotional communication, verbal and non-verbal expressions and conflict resolution. Meets MnTC Goal 7

Credits: 3

Effective Dates: 03/26/1999 - 12/31/9999

MNTC Goals: 7

Course Outline: SPEE1020

3
General Education Elective(s)** 6
General Education Elective(s) (MnTC Goal 3 or Goal 4 )*** 3
Total General Education Credits: 15
Total Program Credits: 60
* Select Technical electives from the following subject areas: VCOM .
** Select General Education electives from any MnTC goal area.
*** Select General Education electives from MnTC goal area.