UNIVERSITY MISSION
Felician University is an independent co-educational Catholic/Franciscan University founded and sponsored by the Felician Sisters to educate a diverse population of students within the framework of a liberal arts tradition. Its mission is to provide a full complement of learning experiences, reinforced with strong academic and student development programs designed to bring students to their highest potential and prepare them to meet the challenges of the new century with informed minds and understanding hearts. The enduring purpose of Felician University is to promote a love for learning, a desire for God, self knowledge, service to others, and respect for all creation.

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES MISSION
The School of Arts and Sciences is committed to promoting the University’s Franciscan-Felician mission by providing an environment that fosters the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development of our students. The Liberal Arts curriculum challenges students to explore creative ways of thinking within a broad scope of study that integrates intellectual traditions with essential values. Our diverse programs encourage students to become lifelong learners and compassionate contributors to the well-being of others throughout their lives.

DEPARTMENT OF ART MISSION
The Art Program at Felician College produces artists with the skills, knowledge, and critical sensibility to effectively communicate ideas through individual forms of expression. Offering a variety of courses in Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Photography and New Media, the Department's objective is to emphasize the teaching of technique in concert with the critical study of different historical forms of art production, providing a life-long reference of cultural understanding.

Through a rigorous and dynamic curriculum, graduates of the Art Program will be able to implement a variety of creative skills and techniques, as well as produce a range of forms and styles; critique works of art based on their survey knowledge of major historical examples and schools of thought; recognize trends in contemporary cultural thinking; understand the importance of the arts in society; assess their personal strengths and interests; and create and present work suitable for exhibition and publication. Ultimately, graduates will be able to integrate and synthesize their skills, knowledge, and experience into a powerful career strategy.


ART-274-R COLOR AND DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
ART-274-HON/R COLOR AND DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
3 credits, undergraduate, traditional
Fall 2017
TH 2:35-5:05, Martin 301

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION
Michael J. Nyklewicz, M.A.
Associate Professor
Email: nyklewiczm@felician.edu
201-335-1437


Office Hours

 

Canon T3i Manual

Resources

Mac Lab Schedule

 

 

Updated 08/31/17



COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is an introduction to digital photography and the creative use of color in image making. Using Photoshop as a digital darkroom, students will learn the technical skills needed to create meaningful photographs, while also developing a critical framework through which to understand digital imagery.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
This course satifies GECC Theme Area III - Communication & Expression:

  1. Communicate creatively and aesthetically through writing, speaking, and/or performance
  2. Demonstrate college-level English language competence through reading, writing, and speaking with clarity, coherence, and persuasion
  3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate orally in social and professional situations

In this course, students will:


RECOMMENDED TEXT

REQUIRED MATERIALS


COURSE CONTENT
Worlds in a Snapshot

INTRODUCTION
Please note: unless otherwise specified, images taken prior to this course cannot be submitted for credit.

PROJECTS

 

Week One (08/31)
Process, Materials, Content
Presentation/discussion on the differences of traditional and digital photography - using Photoshop as a digital darkroom - working with studio lighting - in-class image critique.


Week Two
(09/07)
Camera, Lenses, and Lighting
Presentation on how to take a photograph - functions of the camera and lens - metering the scene - aperture and depth of field - shutter and motion - creative composition - introduction to the studio - different kinds of studio lighting - presentation/discussion on The Ideal Copy project.

Week Three (09/14)
Studio


Week Four
(09/21)
Lab
Introduction to Photoshop - setting up the work space - choosing preferences - file format choices - saving meta data - color profiling.


Week Five
(09/28)

Studio


Week Six
(10/05)

Lab
Working with layers - retouching - using photo filters to correct/change color - adding a mask layer - adding adjustment layers to control density and contrast.


Week Seven
(10/12)

Studio


Week Eight
(10/19)
Studio


Week Nine
(10/26)
Midterm


Week Ten
(11/02)
Studio


Week Eleven
(11/09)
Studio


Week Twelve
(11/16)
Studio


Week Thirteen
(11/23)
Thanksgiving - no class


Week Fourteen
(11/30)
Studio
Review & reshoots

Week Fifteen (12/07)
Studio & Lab
Review & reshoots - preparing files for printing - ink-jet media choices - alternative methods of presentation.

Week Sixteen (12/14)
FINAL
Presentations of student work and their creative process - no work accepted after this date.

PROJECTS
Final
drafts of all projects due

ARTIST'S STATEMENTS
Written statements about all projects due

No work accepted after 12/14



Additional Readings:


GRADING RUBRICS

Projects 1 pt. 0.5 pt. 0.25 pt.
Focusing
Image is sharply focused, clearly emphasizing the subject. Image is softly focused, emphaszing the subject. Image is out of foucs.
Exposure
Image is properly exposed, with details in shadows and highlights. Image is under/over-exposed, with some loss of detail.
Image is under/over-exposed, with loss of detail.
Composition
Image is thoughtfully and creatively composed; follows project parameters. Image is thoughtfully composed with minimal distractions; somewhat follows project parameters. Image is carelessly composed; does not follow project parameters.
Originality
Interpretation of the project shows independent thought and creative ideas. Intepretation of the project shows some creativity, but lacks in realization of ideas. Interpretation of the project is obvious.
Ingenuity Appropriate use of the features of Photoshop effectively communicates ideas. Somewhat appropriate use of the features of Photoshop, but lacks relevance to ideas. Indiscriminate use of the features of Photoshop.
Accuracy Photoshop effects are meticulously applied, indistinguishable from the captured image. Photoshop effects are carefully, but not seamlessly, applied. Photoshop effects are carelessly applied.

GRADING POLICIES
Grades will be based on the criteria found in GRADING RUBRICS (see above).

Total percentage is 100, which is translated into a letter grade using the standards published in the College Catalog (see below); there will be no grading curve.

Felician College operates on the 4.00 grading system and determines the academic standing of students according to the following scale:

Grade Description Numerical Equivalent Quality Points
A Outstanding 100-95 4.000
A- Excellent 94-90 3.670
B+ Very Good 89-87 3.333
B Good 86-83 3.000
B- Above Average 82-80 2.670
C+ Average 79-77 2.333
C Acceptable 76-70 2.000
D Poor 69-65 1.000
F Failure 64 or below 0.000
FA Failure due to non-attendance 64 or below

0.000


COURSE POLICIES


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