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School of Art and Design Programs
Animation / Interactive Design

Jackie Leebrick
Jenkins Room 1340

Art 3250 Introduction to Digital Photography Syllabus
This syllabus reviews the basic content of ART 3250. The pacing may vary, dependent upon the specific nature of students’  abilities and interests.

This course is an introduction to digital photography and the fundamentals of digital imaging primarily through the application Adobe Photoshop. A hands-on production class, students will create input through scans of photographs, transparencies created with traditional 35 mm cameras, and digitized images created with a digital camera. The principles of image resolution for optimal scanning and output will be covered.

Projects will emphasize both the functional aspect of the creative process and the aesthetics of image design. Exploring the flexibility of image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop, students will develop skills in using the tools of Photoshop and working with masking and layering, while developing a portfolio of images that solve specifically defined problems of applied digital design.

While this is an introductory class focused on skill development, issues of visual communication and successful image-making will be addressed in critiques of both exercises and projects.Evaluation will be equally weighted between technical accomplishment and strong design.

Attendance is mandatory. You are expected to be in class on time.
  • After 3 free cuts, any additional unexcused cuts will result in the loss of a letter grade.
  • Excusable cuts must be approved by the instructor prior to or immediately after the absence.
  • Call the above phone number and leave message on voice mail for excused absence.
  • Excessive absences- even if excused- (over 6) can result in the lowering of your grade by 1 letter.
  • Late projects, exercises and assignments will be counted off one letter grade.
  • Attendance at critiques is important. Your grade will suffer if you are not present at a critique.        
  • Equipment is sensitive. The contents of the hard drive are not to be altered or renamed.
  • Peripheral devices must be set up and moved with supervision of instructor or lab personnel.
  • Save all of your own work on an external hard drive which you bring to and from class
  • Expect to spend approximately 6 hours a week in the lab BEYOND class time.

Photoshop Artistry CS  by Barry Hanes/Wendy Crumpler (purchase through Barnes and Noble or internet)

  • Mat board as needed for presentation projects at end of semester. White or black 4 ply (no gray)
  • 2-4 rolls 35 mm color print film. Fuji color 100 or 200 ASA is acceptable
  • 4-8 Recordable CD’s: Imation, TDK or equivalent
  • Printed output: High quality inkjet prints are acceptable. You may use personal inkjet printer or
  • Photo Class printer when available.
  • 10-20 sheets high quality  photo quality inkjet paper.
  • Suggested papers and sizes: Epson Heavy Weight Matt, Archival Matt or Watercolor Radiant White: 8 x 10 and 11 x 17 or 13 x 19

Week 1/2: Setting up system and preferences; calibrating monitor; navigating Photoshop; Creating successful digital input through scans and Photo CD’s

Week 2/3/4: Scanning exercises; Color correction exercises

Week 5/6: Introduction to Project #1: Adding color to grayscale image

Week 7/8/9: Introduction to Project #2:Surreal Collage/ Shadows,object photography
  • Compositing images with selections, masks, channels and layers;
  • Use of the digital camera
  • Adding drop shadows to geometric objects
  • Adding cast shadows to circular objects
Week 10/11: Introduction to Project #3: Combining Text Effects in Photoshop
Exercises: Adding type; layer styles and shape layers

Week 12/13: Introduction to Project #4: Digital Portrait Collage/Layered Reality
Exercises: working with blend modes

Week 14/15: Introduction to Project #5: Series/sequence of digital collage images
Your grade will be based on the following criteria:
Exercises and projects presented on time at assigned critique days:
Exercises receive a grade based on successful development of predefined technical skills
Projects receive 2 grades:
  1. technical execution of the project’s goals;
  2. aesthetic strength of design and the effectiveness in communicating a message
    Formal critiques involve students discussion and are intended to assist in meeting the oral communication competencies required by the university.
Assignments turned in and prepared on due dates:
Class readings: each Tuesday a  student will present an article or web site to the class on a topic related to digital imaging and lead a discussion. You are responsible for turning in copy of article or web site address to instructor 1 class before your discussion date
Examples of digital art

Attendance; being on time for class and prepared; completing reading assnts

Participation in class discussions    

East Carolina University seeks to comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students requesting accommodations based on a disability must be registered with the Department for Disability Support Services located in Slay 138 (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY)