Photographic Imaging Courses 

VA46 / ART156
Special Topics in the Visual Arts

Intermediate Digital Photography 
Explores new trends, major developments or current happenings in the world of art. Content varies from semester to semester.
Prerequisite
None.
Offered On
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  3
 

 
VA80 / ART280
Cooperative Education In Photography and Graphic Design

A one-hour seminar is held on campus each week and a minimum of 150 hours is spent working within photography or graphic design industries. Registration in this course requires that students purchase liability insurance through the college. (BU80 or ID80 may be substituted for VA80 with permission of department.)
Prerequisite
Prerequisites for Graphic Design majors: GR25 and permission of area dean and instructor. Prerequisites for Photographic Imaging majors: C+ or better grade in VA94 and (if taken) VA96, or permission of instructor. (offered spring semester only)
Offered On
Eastern Campus in Riverhead
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  3
 

 
VA88 / ART155
Introduction to Digital Photography for Non-Photo Majors
Introduces basic camera skills including exposure control, composition, depth of field, and movement control while photographing in available light. Students will also learn basic imaging processing skills using a digital darkroom consisting of computer, software (Adobe Elements) and inkjet printers. Image processing skills will include density and contrast control, color balance, dodging, burning, file size management, basic retouching and inkjet printing technology. Print finishing and archival storage of print and digital media will be explored. Students must provide their own fully adjustable digital camera having a resolution of 3 mega pixels or greater (with manual f/stops and shutter speeds controls), inkjet paper and some other supplies. (2 hr. lecture, 2 hrs. lab per week
Prerequisite
None.
Offered On
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  3
Course Fee Applies


 
VA90 / ART144
History of Photography

Photography’s contribution to the visual arts, focusing on individual photographers and development of particular styles. Relationship between photography and other fine art media considered, as well as effect of photographic imagery on our culture. (offered spring semester only)
Prerequisite
None.
Offered On
Eastern Campus in Riverhead
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  3
 

 
VA91 / ART141
Introduction to Silver-Based Photography

Introduction to art and techniques of the camera and darkroom. Students learn basic black and white available–light photography, including film exposure and development, variable contrast printing, enlarging and dry mounting. Students must provide their own fully adjustable 35mm camera (with manual f-stops and shutter speeds), film, paper and some other supplies. (4 hrs. lecture/lab per week.)
Prerequisite
None.
Offered On
Eastern Campus in Riverhead
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  3
Course Fee applies
 

 
VA92 / ART142
Intermediate Photography

Builds on basic camera and black and white darkroom techniques introduced in VA91. More advanced techniques such as pushing and pulling film development, multiple filter printing, toning, spotting and archival processing are covered. Use of artificial lighting, both tungsten and electronic strobe, is introduced for still life and portraiture. Through creative problem-solving, students are encouraged to develop their own individual photographic style. Students must provide their own fully adjustable 35mm camera (with manual f-stops and shutter speeds), film, paper and some other supplies. (2 hrs. lecture, 2 hrs. studio per week.)
Prerequisite
VA91 or permission of instructor.
Offered On
Eastern Campus in Riverhead
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  3
Course Fee applies

 
 
VA93 / ART214
Alternative Photographic Processes

Focuses on historical and nontraditional processes such as pinhole photography, handcoloring, cyanotype,van dyke brown printing, toning, Polaroid transfer, positive/negative printing, ortho film and liquid light. Students must supply their own film, paper and some other supplies. (1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. studio per week.)
Prerequisite
VA91 or permission of instructor.
Offered On
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  3
Course Fee applies
 

 
VA94 / ART213
Studio Photography

Presents practical applications of medium and large format photographic techniques and principles in context of the commercial studio with emphasis on portraiture, still life and product photography. Zone System is introduced. Students receive extensive experience in use of flash and hot light systems, props and other technical aspects of studio work. Photographic Imaging majors are still expected to follow prescribed sequence of VA91, VA92, VA94 and either VA93 or VA96. (1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. studio per week.)
Prerequisite
VA92 or permission of instructor.
Offered On
Eastern Campus in Riverhead
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  3
Course Fee applies
 

 
VA95 / ART215
Large Format Photography

Explores use of 4X5 view camera in both “studio” and “on location” settings. Application in studio includes both still life and people photography. Application “on location” includes interior and exterior architecture and landscape photography. Photographic problem solving methods addressed using view camera movements in relationship to perspective control, distortion control, and controlling plane of focus. Lighting techniques, lens and film selection, exposure control systems including Zone System, and aesthetic reasons for the application of view camera discussed. (1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. studio per week.)
Prerequisite
VA94 or permission of instructor.
Offered On
Eastern Campus in Riverhead
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  3
Course Fee applies
 

 
VA96 / ART216
Electronic Imaging

Students learn to use Adobe Photoshop as a tool to integrate visual imagery and text. Students use video, photographs, slides or other non-photographic images. Input techniques such as still video capture and scanning are covered as are various techniques for controlling and combining words and images. All phases of image enhancement and manipulation, retouching, silhouetting, image combination and special effects are practiced. Various approaches of handling type, as both pictorial element and in combination with other imagery, are discussed. (1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. studio per week.)
Prerequisite
CA84 and VA91 or permission of instructor.
Offered On
Eastern Campus in Riverhead
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  3
Course Fee applies
 

 
VA97 / ART217
Digital Photography

Using digital cameras in a studio setting to create original, all-digital, filmless images. More advanced features of Adobe Photoshop are covered, and other similar software packages are introduced. New techniques, processes and special effects are taught. Production and output an important objective of this course. (1 hr. lecture, 4 hrs. studio per week.)
Prerequisite
VA96 or permission of instructor.
Offered On
Eastern Campus in Riverhead
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  3
Course Fee applies
 

 
VA98 / ART218
Independent Study in Photography

For self-motivated photography students who wish to explore a particular area of photography not specifically covered in other courses. Students meet regularly with an instructor of their choosing who assigns projects to be completed in the open lab (or in the student’s own darkroom). May be repeated for up to a maximum of three credits.
Prerequisite
Two photography courses at Suffolk County Community College with a B or better grade and permission of instructor.
Offered On
Eastern Campus in Riverhead
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  1-3
Course Fee applies
 

 
VA99 / ART219
Photography Portfolio Development and Assessment
Capstone course for Photographic Imaging majors; must be taken in last semester before graduation. Students assemble their work into a professional portfolio. Mounting, matting and presentational techniques are covered. Critiques are integral part of the course.
Prerequisite
VA94 or permission of instructor. (offered spring semester only)
Offered On
Eastern Campus in Riverhead
Grant Campus in Brentwood
Credits:  1
Course Fee applies