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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "AS 289-3"
COURSE NAME: "Digital Photography"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2018
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Serafino Amato
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: W 3:30-6:15 PM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Recommended preparation: AS 105
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course is meant for students who wish to deepen their knowledge of digital photography. It will review basic camera functions, lighting, principles of composition and pictorial dynamics, color interactions, and introduce methods of the elaboration of photos on the computer. The course will consider the historical and formal knowledge of photography, as well as including picture-taking in a variety of genres and the preparation of a photo exhibition. Each student must be equipped with a digital camera with a wide lens or a 3x or greater optical zoom, and camera functions selector which includes M,A,S,P. A tripod and modern single-lens reflex (SLR) digital cameras with interchangeable lenses are highly recommended.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

This course will be divided in three sections. The first will deal with the technical aspects of video equipment and software, The second section will deal with stylistic, aesthetic, and narrative components necessary for ... Finally, students will collaborate on a producing a short video to be presented at the JCU Student Art Show .

The course will include a lesson discussing in detail the ethical and legal aspects of photography, including international and especially Italian and American rules about photographing in public, protection of privacy, eventual use of images, obtaining model realeases, safety, and in general the respectful treatment of others in all phases and aspects of photography. Student must adree to respect the John Cabot University Photographic Code of Conduct.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

This course aims to provide students with the skills necessary to produce a short individual video, and group video

TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Attendance and ParticipationGrading is based on a student's physical, mental, and verbal participation in class, comprehension of assigned reading, and a body of photographs.30%
Mid-term ExamConsisting of short answers on technical aspects of material and technique adresses in class.20%
Participation on the class Blog 20%
Final Project 30%

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality shows excellent mastery of the course content along with exceptional levels of technical skill, artistic awareness, originality, resourcefulness, commitment, quantity of work and improvement. There has been excellent collaboration and leadership in group projects, and there have been no attendance problems.Acttive partecipation at the class blog
B A highly competent level of performance with work that directly addresses the content of the course, with a good quantity of work produced.
CAn acceptable level of performance: the work shows awareness of the course content, but is very limited in quantity, quality, commitment and skill.
DThe student lacks a coherent grasp of the course material and has failed to produce much work.
FNegligent in attendance, academic honesty, or engagement with the course content.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Class attendance and participation is essential, and count 20% of the final grade.

ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

SCHEDULE

1. Introduction to course objectives and requirements. Students will begin video-making in a group project. 
2. Intro to various hardware and software. Lenses
3. Technical basics for video-making. Lighting. 
 4..Technical basics, Audio and sound. 
5. Video screening, part 1. Individual projects begin. 
6. Vidoe screening Part 2. Project progress review.  
7. Midterm exam.
8. Progress review. On site project: In search of sound 
9. Guest Lecture TBA
10. Editing, Part 1: narrative
11. Editing, part 2: audio
12. Editing, Part 3: frames
13. Group collaboration project review for final installation. 
14. Final projects. Student Art Show