Visual Arts & Humanities Department and GS3 Photography Area Student Conduct and Policies

posted Oct 15, 2009, 1:24 AM by Georgio Sabino III   [ updated Nov 12, 2011, 7:30 AM ]

 

Visual Arts & Humanities Department and Photography Area Student Conduct and Policies

 

It is expected that all students will conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with common courtesy to all other students, faculty, and lab technicians.

 

Students are expected to dress appropriately for a laboratory class.  GS3 Department and Photography Area Studio Courses are officially formatted as combined Lecture | Lab sections.  This means that the lecture or lab portion of the class may occur anytime during the scheduled time block for the course. When working in the analog photography areas, including the film developing rooms, print finishing area and darkrooms, closed-toe shoes must be worn always per the darkroom safety requirements.

 

To insure a productive working environment for all students, please clean up your work area by returning all items to their proper storage area upon the completion of class and lab.

 

Computers in all areas of the photography area, including the classrooms, digital lab, print finishing area and studio, are strictly for use as it pertains to photography curriculum activities. Using the computers for personal email, downloading of music, and/or other inappropriate use will be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

 

There is no food and/or drink allowed in the film developing rooms, print finishing areas, darkrooms, digital labs and studio. A securely capped drink may be stored in the storage space provided and must be taken into the hallway to be consumed.

 

In consideration of fellow classmates and to insure a thoughtful and productive learning environment without disruption, please turnoff and put cell phones away before entering the classroom. If at any point during course instructional activities the cell phone is activated, this will be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will result in administrative action, including a warning and/or being asked to leave the classroom, and/or a short-term suspension.

 

The subjects and materials covered in this course may sometimes be of such a nature as to be offensive to an individual’s personal beliefs. Politics, religion, sexuality and/or morality have often been the content of artists’ efforts and will be discussed openly in a mature manner to facilitate a greater understanding of varying perspectives.

 

Photography Course Curriculum and Evaluation Considerations

 

The following is general outline of the various activities you may be engaged with during semester.  The evaluation of your photographic efforts will be based on your effort in understanding and demonstrating the aesthetic and technical principles discussed throughout the course in the development of your sense of artistic vision and technical craft. While it will be important to develop and exercise proficient technical execution with the camera and in the darkroom, it will be equally important for you to demonstrate engagement with your ideas as they relate to photography’s conceptual and aesthetic possibilities.

 

Your final grade will be determined by a culmination of points earned based on your performance with the below listed curriculum assignments. Questions regarding curriculum assignment grades and/or the final grade must be brought to the attention of the instructor. To provide equitable instruction for all students while during class hours, please ask questions regarding your grade during instructor office hours or after class.

 

Participation and In-Class Lab Practice

 

Students are expected to demonstrate active and engaged participation while attending each class session and in-class laboratory practice. Students must be present during the entire class and in-class lab practice to receive credit. If you leave at any time during the class without the consent of the instructor, you will be considered absent and will not receive credit for participation.

 

Critical Issues Responses | Text Summaries

 

Throughout the semester, there may be informal, 20 – 30 minute discussions in class as well as postings on the course website on various critical issues and readings on the photographic image and visual culture within both historical and contemporary contexts. Topics will explore various issues regarding photography, the history of photography, on being a photographer, as well as the sociological, psychological and cultural implications of the photographic image. For studio courses, a 2 – 3 paragraph (approximately 60 – 100 words) written response will be required to be posted to the course website or typed (handwritten not accepted) and turned-in before or after the discussion.  For lecture-only courses, textbook summaries will be required to be completed prior to the discussion of a given chapter.  It will be essential to demonstrate comprehension and basic understanding of critical ideas raised by the presentation and/or reading.

 

Critical Issues Presentations

 

In some of the more intermediate and advanced photography courses, students will give a 15 – 20 minute oral presentation on a critical issue topic in photography of personal interest.  Such topics could include the work of a photographer(s), the constructing of identity within the context of photographic portraiture, defining beauty and the cultural meanings of the photographic landscape, photography and narrative possibilities as well as other possible topics.  It will be essential to demonstrate comprehension and basic understanding of critical ideas raised by the presentation.

 

Shooting Assignments

 

With each assignment, you’ll be asked to make photographic images that explore various aesthetic and technical considerations within the contexts of conceptual possibilities that are open to your individual interests. The assignments will focus on historical and contemporary conceptual approaches within the photographic medium, the use and function of a photographic sensibility and visual language, photography’s primary aesthetic considerations, including the nature of content; the photographer and cameras’ physical relationship to subject matter; moments of exposure; the photographic frame and compositional considerations; the attention to descriptive details; the role and use of light as well as the consideration and use of photographic materials (analog | digital, color | grayscale and alternative processes). Once the images have been shot, you’ll develop a working process, including the making of contact sheets and edited contact sheets to edit for visually engaging and stimulating images, and print photographic prints with a considered sense of technical execution and craftsmanship. Upon the completion of each assignment, there will be a critique for discussion and feedback of your photographic efforts.

 

With each of the shooting assignments, your effort will be evaluated based upon the following considerations:

 

Development of your vision as demonstrated through the completion of assigned images made, the making of contact sheets and/or edited contact sheets as well as your interpretation of the assignment objectives through your use of aesthetic considerations, including the use and application of photographic theory, principles and use of materials, the role and use of light, the nature of photographic description, compositional organization strategies and techniques in suggesting emphasis of pictorial content.

 

Technical execution with consistent and correct camera usage, image exposure and the execution of correctly exposed contact sheets and/or edited contact sheets.

 

Technical execution and sense of craftsmanship with the critique images, including correct density and contrast, color/tone correction, and secondary optimization controls.

 

With each of assignments, you are strongly encouraged to show me your contact sheets and/or edited contact sheets so I can provide guidance with your conceptual concerns, shooting and editing process.

 

Technical Assignment(s)

 

The Technical Assignment(s) will include discussions, demonstrations and assignment(s) on the technical principles of photography, including the use digital and analog technologies and techniques for producing photographs. It is expected that you complete the required readings as well as actively take notes during class discussions and demonstrations to assist you in the refinement of your technical skills.  With the technical assignment(s), your effort will be evaluated on your understanding of the technical principles presented through your execution and sense of craftsmanship.

 

Student Learning Outcome (SLO) Assessment Assignment | Exercise

 

The Student Learning Outcome (SLO) Assessment Assignment | Exercise is a departmental assignment for all students enrolled in a particular photography course at GS3.  The assignment | exercise is designed for the student to demonstrate the understanding and knowledge of a the assigned objectives and outcomes of a given photography course.  Such (SLO) Assessment Assignments | Exercises may include any combination of a shooting and technical assignment, critical writing exercise, exam and/or preparation of a final project depending on the course enrolled in and will be evaluated based on stated course outcomes.

 

Quizzes and Final Exam

 

The quizzes and final exam will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions covering material from the class discussions, demonstrations and class handouts. The quizzes will be shorter in length, covering specific topics related to lectures and demonstrations, while the final exam will be inclusive of all material covered during the semester. It is expected that you complete the required readings as well as actively take notes during class discussions and demonstrations to assist you in the refinement of your technical skills, including the conceptual, aesthetic and technical concerns of photography within the context of the photography course enrolled in.

 

There will be no make-up quizzes if you are unable to attend class on the assigned quiz date.

 

The final exam will be inclusive of all the material covered during the class, including lecture handouts, in-class discussions and demonstrations and the assigned readings.

 

Academic Integrity

 

Cheating and plagiarism (using as one’s own ideas writings, materials, or images of someone else without acknowledgement or permission) can result in any one of a variety of sanctions. Such penalties may range from an adjusted grade on the particular exam, paper, project, or assignment (all of which may lead to a failing grade in the course) to, under certain conditions, suspension or expulsion from a class, program.

 

Final Project(s)

 

The final project(s) will consist of a portfolio of photographs processed (image processing and printing) in the GS3 Photography Lab (analog or digital) and/or within the context of various presentation strategies, including a print portfolio, artist book and/or website, that reflects the cohesive development of your photographic vision, aesthetic sensibilities and technical execution.

 

The evaluation of the final project will consist of the following considerations:

 

Development of your vision, conceptual engagement and approach of photographic strategies through your use of aesthetic considerations, including the use and application of photographic theory, principles and use of materials, the role and use of light, the nature of photographic description, compositional organization strategies and techniques in suggesting emphasis of pictorial content.

 

Technical execution and sense of craftsmanship with the photographs, including correct density and contrast, color correction and secondary adjustment controls.

 

Completion of Curriculum

 

It is expected that all assignments are executed and turned-in for evaluation on the assigned date at the start of class.

 

Assignments completed late after the assigned evaluation date will not be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor before the assignment due date in consideration of extenuating circumstances (extreme emergency situation).

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