Art Photo I

Course Details

Course Number: ART2013  Section Number: 01

Fall 2011

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: B124/C115

Days & Times:

Monday & Wednesday 8:00 am - 10:50 am

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Gary Goldberg   
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Course Objectives

This course will introduce the student to the basic concepts of photography as an art form. The course will include Digital Camera operation, Adobe Photoshop processing, and Ink Jet Printing. Each student will also learn to professionally dry-mount finished photographs on matte board.

Course Expectations

Each student will be responsible for solving six photographic problems assigned by the instructor. Contact sheets will be turned each week or as assigned by the instructor. We will have weekly presentations that will include tutorials and power point presentations. Each assignment will introduce a new concept and set of photographic skills. Each student will turn in one framed work and a portfolio at the end of the semester.

Grading Standards

Final Exam12/1/2010  9:00 am

Submission Format Policy

Portfolios will be turned in at the end of each assignment. Photographs will be graded from an “idea” and "technical" point of view. A final portfolio will be turned in at the end of the semester on December 1 2010. This portfolio will include all of the semesters assignments, contacts and re-do's. Three unexcused absences will lower your grade; a total of five absences will result in you being dropped from this class. Attendance, maintenance of the facility, and class participation will play a significant role in determining your final grade.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is required at every class.  If a justifiable or authorized absence should occur, it is the responsibility of the student to inform and to arrange with the instructor the Make-up of all work missed.  A justifiable excuse is a signed MD’s excuse or a death in the family.  An authorized absence is for University related business and must be arranged through the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  A student with excessive absences (more than 5) regardless of excuse and /or indifferent attitude toward work may be dropped from a course by the instructor with an automatic grade of “F”.  More than three unexcused absences, tardiness or leaving class early will adversely affect your final grade.  Note: missing a critique in a studio class is equivalent to missing an exam in a lecture class.

Other Policies

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.