West Valley College
14000 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga, CA 95070 • Phone (408) 867-2200

Photography Program

Faculty

Photography Faculty
Department Chair:
Heidi Brueckner
408-741-2472
heidi.brueckner@westvalley.edu
Division: Social Science
Division Chair:
Kathy Arnold

Welcome to the Photography Program

The Photography Program will hold a FREE Information Session for new and interested students on Wednesday, August 26 at 6:00 PM in the Campus Center.

Photography Classes

ART 62A: Basic Photography

3 units – Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is an introduction to the processes, principles, and tools of photography. Topics include the development of technical and aes - thetic skills, elements of design and composition, camera technology, materials and equipment, and contemporary trends in photography. This course is an investigation of the historical and practical aspects of photography as an art form. This course offers students the opportunity to gain a solid understanding of the theory and practice of photography by developing a point of view about the variety of possibilities for the photographic image in our culture. Pass/No Pass Option

ART 62B: Intermediate Photography

3 units – Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: PHOTO 101 or ART 62A; eligibility for ENGL 1A and READ 53

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course continues the investigation of the historical and practical aspects of photography with a focus on the black and white image. Students have the opportunity to examine not only their own work, but the work of masters in the field to gain a better understanding of the tools neces - sary to create more compelling compositions. Pass/No Pass Option

ART 62C: Color Photography

3 units – Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: PHOTO 101 or ART 62A; eligibility for ENGL 1A and READ 53

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course continues the investigation of the historical and practical aspects of photography with a focus on the color digital photography. Students have the opportunity to examine not only their own work, but the work of masters in the field to gain a better understanding of the tools necessary to create more compelling compositions. Pass/No Pass Option

ART 62D: Studio Photography

3 units – Lecture 2 units; lab 1 unit

Advisory: PHOTO 101 or ART62A; eligibility for ENGL 1A and READ 53

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This beginning studio lighting course introduces the students to basic portrait and pr oduct lighting techniques. Students have the opportunity to use one, two and three light studio portrait configurations. Students have the opportunity to explore different lighting arrangements for metal, glass, fabric and food and the opportunity for hands on exploration of all aspects of beginning studio photography. Pass/No Pass Option

ART 95: New Media and Social Change

3 units – Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course investigates how web-based tech - nologies, internet multi-media, and photography have assisted in causing social change around the world through images. Evidence of social change from significant historical photographic images from momentous photographers with a variety of diverse backgrounds are explored for social and political context. The course also covers critical analysis of shifting perceptions and expectations regarding race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural identify and ethnicity in contemporary web-based visual media. The evaluation of major new media expressions from various cultures that have caused social change include a wide variety of genres from social documentary photography, multi-media documentaries, contemporary art photography, ethnographic photography, photojournalism, social media, and blogs. Pass/No Pass Option

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