Academic Catalog


Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 1
Hours: 1 lecture per week (12 total per quarter)
Advisory: PHOT 5; this course is included in the Photography-Professional Practices family of activity courses.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Non-GE
Transferable: CSU
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • A successful student will explore the topic with time on task and develop skills to deepen proficiency in photography.
  • A successful student will demonstrate proficiency in the topic.


Investigation of a specific aspect or topic of photography through discussion and demonstration by the instructor(s).

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. gain in-depth understanding of one specific aspect or topic of photography.
B. learn to use the equipment or technique demonstrated.
C. apply techniques and approaches learned to other class assignments in photography.
D. gain an appreciation of contributions from diverse cultures and backgrounds to the topic of photography being explored.

Course Content

A. Detailed explanation of the topic or aspect of photography.
1. Historical examples and precedents drawn from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
B. Comprehensive demonstration of the uses of equipment.
1. Testing and/or experimentation by student, as appropriate.
2. Field sessions to use or demonstrate equipment, as appropriate.
C. Applications of equipment used and skills demonstrated.
1. Fine arts applications.
2. Guest lectures by visiting artists, as appropriate.
3. Commercial and industrial applications.
4. Field sessions to commercial/industrial sites, as appropriate.
D. Practical use of equipment or technique demonstrated.
1. Availability and costs of equipment.
2. Risks associated with technique or equipment demonstrated.
3. Toxic waste, environmental concerns.

Lab Content

Not applicable.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. A lecture room equipped for listening to audio tapes and viewing motion pictures, slides, and video tapes; access to camera equipment and functioning laboratory areas for instructor demonstration and student experimentation; chemicals and facilities for mixing and storing same; access to computer hardware and software for instructor demonstrations and student experimentation.
B. When taught via Foothill Global Access: on-going access to computer with JavaScript-enabled internet browsing software, media plug-ins, and relevant computer graphics applications and email software; email address.

Method(s) of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Small body of images
B. Quizzes and written material, as appropriate to topic

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language of photography.
B. Demonstration and practice of photographic techniques in the classroom and in field.
C. Group presentations of projects followed by in-class discussion and evaluation.
D. Electronic discussions/chat to support learning.
E. Field trips to locations for practice and learning, as needed.

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Andrews, Philip, and Michael Langford. Langford's Starting Photography. 7th ed. Focal Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-138-84223-6.

When taught via Foothill Global Access: supplemental lectures, handouts, tests, and assignments delivered via email; feedback on tests and assignments delivered via email; class discussion may be delivered in chat rooms, listservs, and newsgroups.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

A. Gallery/museum reports

B. Review of handouts and relevant reading material

C. Research and planning of individual creative projects

D. Reading and study of the textbook