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                                                     A. COVER PAGE
Date of Submission (Please include Month, Day and Year)

1. Course Title                                                          9. Subject Area
Digital Photography                                                                 History/Social Science
2. Transcript Title(s) / Abbreviation(s)
3. Transcript Course Code(s) / Number(s)
                                                                                    Laboratory Science
                                                                                    Language other than English
4. School
CATHDERAL CITY HIGH SCHOOL                                                      x       Visual & Performing Arts

5. District                                                                             x    Intro        Advanced
                                                                                x       College Prep Elective

6. City                                                                  10. Grade Level(s) for which this course is designed
CATHEDRAL CITY                                                                      9           x    10       x     11          x   12
7. School / District Web Site                                            11. Seeking “Honors” Distinction?                                           Yes              No
8. School Course List Contact                                            12. Unit Value

Name: Matt Cauthron                                                                 0.5 (half year or semester equivalent)
Title/Position: Photography / Digital Arts Instructor                           x       1.0 (one year equivalent)

Phone:    760-770-0100                               Ext.:                          2.0 (two year equivalent)
                                                                                    Other: _______________________________

13.   Is this an Internet-based course?        Yes           x    No

      If “Yes”, who is the provider?           UCCP              PASS/Cyber High            Other                                        __

14.   Complete outlines are not needed for courses that were previously approved by UC. If course was previously approved, indicate
      in which category it falls.
              A course reinstated after removal within 3 years. Year removed from list? ___________
               Same course title?            Yes                 No
               If no, previous course title? ___________________________________________________________
              An identical course approved at another school in same district. Which school? _________________
               Same course title?            Yes                 No
               If no, course title at other school? ______________________________________________________
              Year-long VPA course replacing two approved successive semester courses in the same discipline
              Approved Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) course
              Approved UC College Prep (UCCP) Online course
              Approved CDE Agricultural Education course
              Approved P.A.S.S./Cyber High course
              Approved ROP/C course. Name of ROP/C? ______________________________________________
              Approved A.V.I.D. course
              Approved C.A.R.T. course
              Approved Project Lead the Way course
              Other. Explain: _____________________________________________________________________
15.   Is this course modeled after an UC-approved course from another school outside your district?   x Yes        No
      If so, which school(s)?
              Natomas High School
      Course title at other school
              Digital Photography

16.   Pre-Requisites
Computer Literacy is suggested

17.   Co-Requisites


18. Is this course a resubmission?           Yes        x    No
      If yes, date(s) of previous submission? _________________________________________________________
      Title of previous submission? ________________________________________________________________

19.   Brief Course Description
This course is designed for students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of digital photographic
manipulation and, or computer generated graphics. It will cover the elements of photographic composition, as well
as the basic to intermediate features of Adobe Photoshop. The Elements of Art and the California Visual Arts
Standards will guide the curriculum as students develop visual understanding and apply critical thinking skills.
The history of photography and the camera will be covered. It is strongly recommended that students have
successfully completed Computer Literacy before enrolling in the class.

                                              B. COURSE CONTENT

20. Course Goals and/or Major Student Outcomes
                A.     Processing, Analyzing, and Responding to Sensory Information Through the
                       Language and Skills Unique to the Visual Arts
                B.     Students apply artistic processes and skills, using a variety of media to
                       communicate meaning and intent in original works of art.
                C.     Students analyze the role and development of the visual arts in past and present
                       cultures throughout the world, noting human diversity as it relates to the visual
                       arts and artists.
                D.     Students analyze, assess, and derive meaning from works of art, including their
                       own, according to the elements of art, the principles of design, and aesthetic
                E.     Students apply what they learn in the visual arts a cross subject areas. They
                       develop competencies and creative skills in problem solving, communication, and
                       management of time and resources that contribute to lifelong learning and career
                       skills. They also learn about careers in and related to the visual arts.
                                                            The Visual Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools,
                                                                                      grades nine through twelve, proficient

21. Course Objectives
          A. Students will show a high level of competency in skills that include judgments in
             the elements of art and photography using computer systems, software, digital
             cameras and other supporting peripherals related to the media.
          B.   Students will arrange the elements and principles of composition showing a
               synthesis of form, technique and content.
          C.   Students will critique student and professional artists work analyzing the
               interrelationship of the elements and principles of design and composition and
               making judgments based on the knowledge of composition, style and art history.
          D.   Students will explore the implications of digital arts as a manipulative medium
               and avenue of expression through the study of art styles, cultural, social, and
               historical relationships and considerations of intent.
          E.   Students will create art that persuades or demonstrates a specific point of view
               showing an understanding of social, cultural, political, and ethical implications of
          F.   Students will research career opportunities, job shadow, and/or pursue internships
               in new media.
          G.   Students will demonstrate an exploration of personal style, using a variety of
               computer software and other media to express ideas and/or emotions.
          H.   Students will conceive and create works of art that demonstrate an understanding
               of how the visual communication of ideas relates to the media, techniques, and
               processes used.
          I.   Students will research style, role and influence of various artists currently using
               new contemporary media.
          J.   Students will develop and demonstrate knowledge of content specific,
               academically based, and cross-curricular vocabulary related to photographic
          K.   Students will identify and exercise industry/educational standards as related to
               copyright laws, computer ethics, Internet usage and acceptability and proper care
               and maintenance of all equipment.
          L.   Students will create and maintain a portfolio in which they will:
                   i. Preserve works of art demonstrating a progressive development of skills
                      and abilities created photographically with digital media.
                  ii. Keep written descriptions of processes used in their work.
                  iii. Write analysis of projects completed.

22. Course Outline

Unit 1- Introduction
       Course overview: syllabus, course objectives / expectations, rubrics,
              types of assignments and portfolio requirements

Unit 2- History
       1. From Camera Obscura to Megapixels: History of Photography Project
       2. Create pinhole cameras

Unit 3- The Digital Darkroom / Lab overview
       1. Basic anatomy of the computer
       2. Basic computer literacy techniques reviewed
       3. Accessing and navigating the server / file hierarchy
       4. Digital tools and skill sets
       5. Types of software and their applications
       6. Scanner use
       7. Ethics, copyright and appropriation
       8. Various media

Unit 4- Digital Photography Basics
       1. Basic anatomy of the digital camera
       2. Camera functions / How they work?
       3. File formats, pixels, image quality, and resolution
       4. Downloading and organization of images
       5. Camera techniques
       6. Optimizing images for print and web

Unit 5- Elements of Photography
       1. Pattern and texture
       2. Composition using the Rule of Thirds
       3. Perspective and camera angles
       4. Depth of Field: background and foreground
       5. Shape, Dominance and Relationship
       6. Motion: panning, tracking and shutter speed
       7. Balance and Symmetry
       8. The Photographic Essay

Unit 6- Understanding Light
       1. Exposure
       2. Shadows and silhouettes
       3. Photographing at night / low light
       4. Drawing with light
       5. Reflection

Unit 7- Basic Functions of Photoshop
       1. How to use the Tools palette
       2. Image adjustments and corrections
       3. Applying Filters
       4. Using Blend modes
       5. Applying Layer Styles
       6. Creating brushes, patterns, and cloning
       7. Creating and using Contact Sheets
       8. How to use the Selection tools

Unit 8- Studio Techniques
       1. Safety
       2. Types of lights
       3. Lighting angles: back, top, side, under, main, key
       4. Green screen and traditional backdrops
       5. Portraits: formal and informal
       6. Still Life and tabletop photography

Unit 9- Intermediate Functions of Photoshop
       1. Compositing with multiple layers
       2. Masking
       3. Using Color Range / Selection, Extract, and Replace Color
       4. Creating and applying Photo Effects, Graphic Elements, and Text Effects
       5. Applying techniques to thematic projects

Unit 10- The Future of Photography
       1. Understanding the types of photography
       2. Relationships to other media
              (Integration with animation, video, web design, Internet, graphic design, CAD)
       3. Photography as an element of communication
       4. Digital photography as a fine art
       5. Relevancy to daily life
       6. Trends and new equipment

23. Texts & Supplemental Instructional Materials
   As there currently is no single text that is accurately aligned to this course, it is necessary to reference multiple
   items in order to create a dynamic curriculum.
   Suggested items are:
   Photography, Longman Publishing Group
   Photo and Digital Imaging, Goodheart-Willcox Co., INC.
   Digital Photography: handbook: a users guide to creating images,
      Quintet Publishing Limited
   Photojournalism, An Introduction, Thompson Learning
   Understanding Digital Photography, Thompson Learning
   Maggie Taylor’s Landscape of Dreams, Adobe Press
   Adobe Photoshop Classroom in a Book, Adobe Press
   Adobe Magazine
   Inside Photoshop Magazine
24. Key Assignments
25. Instructional Methods and/or Strategies
   Individual / small group instruction
   Modeling / Direct instruction with LCD projection
   Project based / Thematic learning
   Peer Tutoring / Evaluation
   Internet / Professional Journal Research
   Guest speakers
   Field trips

26. Assessment Methods and/or Tools
   Project evaluation using teacher / class developed rubrics
   Teacher / Self / Peer evaluation of projects
   Written assignments including procedures, critical vocabulary, analysis of completed projects
   and research assignments
   Self / Peer / Teacher evaluation of oral presentations and, or visual projects
   Portfolio evaluation using teacher / class developed rubrics

                           C. HONORS COURSES ONLY
                                    Please refer to instructions

27. Indicate how this honors course is different from the standard course.

                                    Please refer to instructions

28. Context for Course (optional)
29. History of Course Development (optional)


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