645 Photographic Design

1 semester, ½ credit

Open to juniors and seniors

Prerequisite: Access to a SLR digital camera. Must have taken and passed Intro to Art. 

Students must provide their own SD card and pay a printing fee of $1.00/color photo.

This course is designed to teach basic concepts for acquiring digital images and the process of manipulating the images through the use of Adobe Photoshop Elements software.  Students will have hands-on learning with Photoshop to make selections, crop images, and use paint, as well as applying editing tools, filters, layers styles, adjustments, and effect.  Composition skills based on the elements and principles of design will be used to problem solve and critique photos.



By the completion of this course, students will be able to...

  1. Demonstrate operational skills of the digital camera.
  2. Apply compositional rules to photographs.
  3. Compose and produce well crafted digital images.
  4. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop Elements.
  5. Create projects that yield individual creativity and personal interpretation.



By the completion of this course, students will know...

  1. Rules of composition using photography
  2. Adobe Photoshop Elements processes on photography
  3. How to use a SLR digital camera
  4. Rules of light on photography



This course last updated on January 27, 2021, by the Fine Arts Department.