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2022-2023 General Catalog 
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PHT 230 - Advanced Portraiture

Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 30
Total Lab Hours: 30
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
Students will develop advanced techniques for photographing people for portrait, fashion, or illustration purposes. Topics include the physical, psychological, and compositional aspects and characteristics of different portrait styles. Application of ethics, communication, and the business of portraiture will be covered. Projects, including both environmental portraiture and studio portraits, provide opportunities for students to explore lighting styles, subject, pose, exposure, and print presentation. Portrait photographers, critical thinking, and aesthetics in relation to personal creativity and expression in portraiture will be discussed. This course is intended for intermediate and advanced photography students. Via self- and class critiques, students will evaluate their own work and that of their peers. Required participation in the college photography show. This course helps students build confidence in their visual communication skills while also enabling them to think critically, consider the viewpoints of others, and effectively express themselves, all of which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce.

Prerequisites: ART 184 - Photography  or PHT 183 - Photography I  
Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: Course Materials: $150.00

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
  1. Students will properly present a traditionally printed and electronic portrait portfolio.
  2. Students will produce artworks and portfolios that demonstrates technical expertise and personal artistic vision and apply concepts of visual design to the creation of photographic portrait images.
  3. Students will create images that use various (specific to each project) elements of visual design and visual symbolism.

Course Objectives

  1. Differentiate the techniques of creating portraiture within a controlled studio environment/and on location to include but not limited to Family.
  2. Operate proper techniques for on and off camera flash photography.
  3. Examine concepts of creativity as can be applied in portrait photography to produce photographic images that are technically sound and meaningful.
  4. Demonstrate personal accountability through active and consistent class participation in an open forum. This will include class critiques and evaluation.
  5. Employ an intermediate understanding of the setup of location photography in unique lighting and situational environments.
  6. Demonstrate professional aptitude using digital SLR camera at an advanced levelby selecting camera settings from the camera menu, as well as making image adjustments and enhancements in Photoshop.


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