Darton State College Catalog 2014-2015 - page 92

Visual Communication Certificate (0537)
Humanities Division
The Visual Communication Certificate is structured to provide basic skills for immediate
employment in the photography field. The Visual Communication Certificate requires a
completion of 18 hours of study (six courses of 3 hours each). This certificate is offered
Students wishing to be admitted to the online Visual Communication Certificate Online
program must first submit to the Art Department a satisfactory portfolio of images that
demonstrates fundamental photographic skills. Students who do not wish to submit a
photographic portfolio must take and pass ART 2111 (Basic Photography), which is offered
only on campus. The portfolio must include the following items. The portfolio must include
the following items. Please submit the images in .jpg format (approximately 500 pixels x
700 pixels x 180 ppi dimensions).
Landscape image illustrating full depth of field (5 images)
Portrait image illustrating narrow depth of field (5 images)
Self portrait using one light source (5 images)
Cityscape image taken at night illustrating use of available light (5 images)
Studio portraits of a model or models using a “butterfly” or “Rembrandt” lighting set-up.
Images should be a mix of formal portrait (5 images), environmental portrait (5 images),
fashion/glamour (5 images), and a commercial product (5 images).
Your photography portfolio must contain a minimum of 40 images presented in a
portfolio format. Please include any pertinent information.
Equipment Required for Visual Design Certificate Online
Digital SLR camera with interchangeable lens (lenses with the following focal lengths are
recommended: 35mm for wide angle shots, 80mm and/or 135mm for portraits, 200mm
lens for telephoto shots. Zoom lenses are acceptable. A lens with macro function is
Strobe and/or hot light sources are necessary for studio and fill lights. A dedicated flash
strobe that matches your camera is a necessity.
Camera tripod.
A computer with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Elements, or other computer image editing
digital software.
(Since you are required to take Computer Art, Adobe CS 5 or newer will fulfill your
computer software requirements).
A digital photography textbook is required.
Fall Semester
Sem. Hrs.
ART 1020
Design I
ART 2150
Computer Art
ART 2180
Digital Photography
Spring Semester
Sem. Hrs.
ART 2190
Photographic Lighting Techniques
ART 2200
Professional Practices, Portfolio Preparation
and Review
ART 2900
Art Practicum
One-Year Total
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