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VSAR 176 - Photographics (Applied Photography) I

Course Details
Course Code:
VSAR 176


Calendar Description:
The main emphasis of this course will be the introduction of 35mm film camera and darkroom procedures as they relate to the graphic arts, portraiture, landscape, and still life photography. Black and white developing, the zone system and the fine print, hand colouring, and print toning will be stressed. Exploration of the camera as a design tool will tie this course to graphic design. Students will be given instruction in photographic portfolio development and will be introduced to business and employment concerns. Introductions to video production and digital photography are also included.

Date First Offered:

Total Hours:             45
Lecture Hours:         1
Laboratory Hours:    2

Total Weeks:

This course is offered online:


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:


Rearticulation Submission:

Course Content:
Darkroom Procedures - This course will introduce students to the following:

- Basic darkroom layout
- Basic black and white developing of film
- Enlarging techniques
- The fine print, zone system, designing with the camera
- Hand colouring and print toning
- 35mm and 4x5 camera operations (view camera)

Audio visual instruction - this component will introduce students to the creation of audio-visual slide programs and basic video techniques. The following areas will be dealt with:

1. Scripting - storyboards etc.
2. Shooting and lighting
3. Editing and sound mixing
4. Cross over between slides and videos (This section will begin during the first semester and continue in depth into the second semester)

- Portfolio projects will be strongly emphasized

Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learner will be able to:

- demonstrate and describe basic camera and darkroom procedures including enlarging, hand colouring and print toning
- demonstrate an understanding of basic audio visual skills including story boards, shooting, lighting, editing, and sound mixing
- apply basic video skills such as scripting, storyboards, lighting, and simple camera work
- effectively use the camera as a design tool

During this course, learners will initiate the creation of a photo portfolio, which can be used for transfer to other programs for further training or to pursue employment concerns.

Grading System:

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Assignments:     60 %    
Participation:     40 %   

Number of Assignments:

Nature of Participation:
Attendance and critiques

Percentage of Individual Work:

Course Offered in Other Programs:

Other Programs:
Associate of Arts Degree
Associate of Arts Diploma - Fine Arts
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