Maricopa Community Colleges  ART131   19956-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 6-27-95

ART131 1995 Fall – 2010 Summer II

L+L   3.0 Credit(s)  6.0 Period(s)  5.1 Load  Acad

Photography I

Basic black and white photographic principles and techniques. Camera functions and controls. Darkroom experience in film processing and printmaking. Camera required.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


ART131 1995 Fall – 2010 Summer II

Photography I



Explain basic camera parts and demonstrate their functions. (I)


Apply exposure techniques to various types of black and white films. (II)


Describe and differentiate characteristics among photographic films. (II)


Prepare and mix basic photographic chemistry. (III)


Demonstrate film processing procedures. (IV)


Produce photographs using basic darkroom techniques. (V)


Describe presentation methods as they apply to photographic imagery. (VI)


Demonstrate understanding of photographic aesthetics to produce images. (VII)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


ART131 1995 Fall – 2010 Summer II

Photography I


I. Camera parts and functions

A. Light tight container

B. Focusing system

C. Viewing system

D. Exposure controls

II. Film characteristics

A. Types

B. Structure

III. Introduction to photographic chemistry

A. Film developers

B. Paper developers

C. Stop bath

D. Fixer

E. Health and safety

IV. Introduction to film processing

A. Exposure/development relationship

B. Time/temperature relationship

C. Procedure and sequence

V. Introduction to basic printmaking skills

A. Black and white paper characteristics

B. Contact printing

C. Enlargement

D. Contrast controls

E. Burning/dodging

VI. Presentation methods

A. Display styles

B. Mixed media approaches

VII. Photographic aesthetics

A. Introduction to history of photography as an art form

B. Principles of design

C. Criticism and discussion



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