PCC/ CCOG / ART

Course Content and Outcome Guide for ART 216

Course Number:
ART 216
Course Title:
Introduction to the History of Photography
Credit Hours:
4
Lecture Hours:
40
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
0
Special Fee:
 

Course Description

Traces the history of photography since its processes were first announced in 1839. Examines photographs as aesthetic objects, and as documents of history, scientific exploration and social change. Locates the medium and practice of photography within a broader social and artistic context. Explores photography within the fields of art, science and journalism viewing, analyzing and discussing ways in which the presence of the photograph has shaped our relationship to the world around us. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

·Make connections between the past and present through an understanding of photographic history and contemporary visual culture

·View photographs "dynamically," that is, appreciate simultaneously the unique qualities and uses of a particular image, place an image within its cultural context and recognize its relationship to other forms of art.

·Apply an awareness of photography€™s history as a lens through which to evaluate and contextualize graphic design and contemporary media

·Recognize the ways in which photographic media and techniques have been incorporated into modern and contemporary art practices in order to be an informed and critical viewer

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The student will:

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Comprehend, apply, analyze and evaluate reading assignments

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Identify photographs and photographic processes, and relate facts and ideas about photographs and photographic techniques in exam format· Research, plan, compose, edit and revise short papers

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, and Issues:

Theoretical

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Critical interpretations of the role(s) of photography

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Photography and issues of race and gender

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Photography as truth and fiction

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Photography and other media

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Stylistic and Interpretive

Photography and technology

· Visual literacy

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Photographic techniques and media

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"Seeing and knowing"

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Social and Cultural

Formal elements of photographic composition

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Other peoples and their histories, values, and culture

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Photography and economics

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Photography and the social fabric

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Photography and gender

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Photography as document

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Photography as aesthetic object

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Historical impact of photography

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The influence of photography on art and one€™s own culture

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The influence of photography on how we view other cultures

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How cultures have adopted/adapted photographic strategies

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The photographer

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The various impulses behind photography

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The role of the artist in society

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Biography

Competencies and Skills:

The successful student should be able to:

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Work creatively with art-historical data, using it to develop principles of art history

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Recognize and appraise patterns in historical phenomena

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Assess the ways in which a photograph is affected by our own vantage point

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Assess the ways in which a photograph is affected by its contextual surroundings

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Recognize and discriminate among various styles of photography from the mid-19th century to the present

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Conduct a formal analysis of a photographic work of art and appreciate the interrelationship of its elements

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Express the relationship of photographs to society and culture to style

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Analyze the "meaning" of art objects through understanding of historical, social, and political context

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Use specific terminology to describe works of art

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Transfer to a four-year college and continue a course of study in the field of art history, fine art, graphic design, history, journalism and social sciences