Aug 13, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the freshman or sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

MCM2430 - Digital Photography (3 hrs.)

This multidisciplinary course is designed for students who wish to develop artistic, media career, or hobby-level skills in photography. Through lecture, hands-on experience, readings, and research students will learn the science and art of modern photography.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student increase his/her knowledge concerning photography in all settings, i.e. print/web media, personal/home or art. The course will use hands-on experience with personally owned cameras, readings, research, digital darkroom work and one-on-one time to teach students methods for improving their photography skills.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to take photographs in various light and movement environments. The student will have the information needed to take pictures for publication, send those pictures electronically, modify pictures for print using the digital darkroom or prepare a photograph for framing or use in a photo album. This course is geared toward students who see photography as a hobby, those who wish to take photos for family documentation and those intent on pursuing a career in media or communications.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

Unit 1:  Just the Basics

Outcomes:  The student will gain an understanding of the camera and associated gear in order to be prepared to take photos.

  • Pack a proper camera bag and proper care and protection of the camera.
  • Upload and download photos from their camera to the computer.
  • Photo preparedness: how when and where to take pictures no matter what the conditions.

Unit 2:  Camera to Computer

Outcomes:  The student will gain an understanding of their personal camera settings and the transfer of information from camera to computer.

  • Take photos in various environments and adjust their settings to reflect those environments.
  • Upload and download photos from their camera to the computer.
  • Save and send photos electronically.

Unit 3:  Computer to Application

Outcomes:  The student will be able to transfer their photos from the computer to the editing software, web or photo gallery.

  • Prepare photos for print in an online publication.
  • Prepare photos for print publication.
  • Prepare photos for personal printing, i.e. framing or album.
  • Critique photos using the rule of thirds.
  • Import and modify photos in a photo editing software (Photoshop)

Unit 4:  Getting the Shot

Outcomes:  The student will be able to take useable photos applying the rule of thirds, perspective, depth of field and other methods to create a unique and creative portfolio.

  • Shoot photos properly using the rule of thirds.
  • Find creative way to incorporate perspective into photos in various settings.
  • Adjust settings to create depth of field in a wide variety of settings.
  • Take photos that demonstrate motion and/or stop motion.

Projects Required:

There are six projects the student will have to complete including taking live-shots of a sporting event, low light conditions, reflective surfaces, using perspective, portrait shots, outdoors.


Contact the bookstore for current textbook.

Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame:

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program:

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.