December 15, 2015 Jacqueline Decker

Visual Fine Arts: Photography Option

The Visual Fine Arts: Photography Option at Tunxis Community College provides an introduction to the fundamentals of photography. Our accomplished faculty offers guidance and mentoring in photographic technique, concepts, and aesthetics. The program culminates in the creation of a portfolio which, upon completion of the degree can be used towards transfer into a four year photography program or as a credential in the job search process.

Upon successful completion of all courses in the program, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an awareness of the concepts associated with formal artistic composition in photographic image creation
  2. demonstrate film-processing skills in black & white 35-mm photography
  3. demonstrate photographic printing and enlargement skills in black & white 35-mm photography
  4. demonstrate skills in 35-mm camera operations to control the outcome of a film negative
  5. develop negative troubleshooting skills and printing touch-up skills
  6. exhibit basic darkroom techniques: burning, dodging, photograms, push processing, dry mounting, toning, hand coloring,
    infrared film, and sabatier effects
  7. demonstrate skills in professional photographic lighting techniques with strobe systems, hot lights, and camera-mounted flash
  8. demonstrate an understanding and ability to use photographic terminology
  9. demonstrate techniques of photographic computer image alteration and touch up techniques
  10. demonstrate a sense of aesthetics and sensitivity toward the diverse areas and applications of photography
  11. exhibit slide, flatbed, and negative scanning
  12. demonstrate an understanding of color slide photography for products, figures, objects, and nature
  13. demonstrate an understanding of the history of professional photographers and of oral presentation skills for individual
    classroom presentations
  14. understand the broad history of photography
  15. demonstrate the ability to present a coherent plan of action for an in-depth photographic project
  16. exhibit self-assessment tools in evaluation of photographs and techniques
  17. demonstrate the skills necessary to develop and present a portfolio of finished professional work.

Contact: Jackie Decker

First Semester
Course #TitleCredits
ART*141 Photography I 3
ENG*101 Composition (a) 3
CSS-101 First Year Experience 3
GRA*101 Design Principles 3
Select one of the following courses:
ART*205 History of Photography or  
  Art History Elective (a) (from ART*100/101/102/103/201/205) 3
Second Semester
ART*111 Drawing I 3
ART*122 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART*142 Photography II (a) 3
  Fine Arts Elective (from ART*, COM*154, COM*167, DGA*, GRA*, NMC*, MUS*, THR*) 3
  Social Science Elective (a) (from ANT*, ECN*, GEO*, POL*, PSY*, SOC*) 3
Third Semester
ART*112 Drawing II (a) 3
ART*243 Studio Photography (a) 3
  Directed Studio Elective (from ART*109-156, ART*211-284, DGA*, GRA*, NMC*) 3
  General Elective 3
  Mathematics Elective (a)(e) (from MAT*135 or above) 3-4
Fourth Semester
ART*289 Portfolio Preparation (a) 3
  Directed Studio Elective (b) (from ART*109-156, ART*211-284, DGA*, GRA*, NMC*) 3
  Humanities Elective (d) 3
  Science Elective (c) (from AST*, BIO*, CHE*, EAS*, EVS*, MET*, OCE*, PHY*) 3-4
Select one of the following courses:
  Photography III (a) or  
ART*257 Commercial Photography (a) 3

(a) Prerequisite and/or co-requisite required.
(b) To be selected in consultation of faculty advisor based on student’s program of study. Should be selected from Nature
Photography (ART*240), Object & Portrait Photography (ART*248) or Digital Photography (ART*250).
(c) Students intending to transfer to a four-year program should take a 4-credit lab science.
(d) To be selected from courses in ANT*, ART*, CHI*, COM*, ENG*, ESL*143 or above, FRE*, HIS*, ITA*, LAT*, LAW*, LIN*,
MUS*, NMC*, PHL*, PLH*, POL*, Religious Studies, RUS*, SPA*, and THR*.
(e) Math for the Liberal Arts (MAT*146) is recommended.
NOTES: The art faculty reserves the right to retain, exhibit, and reproduce any work submitted by students for credit in any art course for
a period of one year after the course was taken. Externship may be taken in lieu of one Directed Elective – see faculty advisor

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