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Introduction to Digital Photography

Introduction to Digital Photography will introduce and train students on the foundations of digital photography relating to historical and contemporary practices of photography. This course will introduce students to careers in photography and the basic foundations of digital photographic practice. Students will develop a solid groundwork for understanding basic camera controls such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO in relation to visual expression through the photographic medium. Through project-based assignments, students will be introduced to and develop a basic understanding of industry standard software that includes the following: Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Bridge, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Camera Raw, Acrobat Pro, Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel) and Macintosh computer systems. This course will challenge students’ artistic perception through group and individual critiques, foundations of design and the understanding and use of Adobe Photoshop Tools. In addition, students will explore the connections and relationships between creative expression, historical context and aesthetic perception of the photographic medium.


  • Industry Sector: Design, Visual, and Media Arts
  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Class Hours: 180
  • Work-Based Learning Hours (WBL): Eligible
  • Level: Introductory, Concentrator
  • Articulation Agreement Details: Art Institute (2014-2015, 2015-2016)
    Coastline Community College (2017-2018, 2018-2019)
    Westcliff University (2015-2019)

    For information about specific articulation agreement terms & conditions, contact the community college or your Career Guidance Specialist (CGS).
  • Meets UC/CSU A-G Requirement: F - Visual & Performing Arts (1 year required)
  • Certifications: None
  • Class Location(s): Magnolia HS
  • Notes:

    Refer to O*NET Online (www.onetonline.org) for a summary report of the detailed job description for this career.

    This course integrates the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Instruction reinforces core skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics. Course instruction emphasizes career ready behaviors in communication, ethics, interpersonal/team skills, critical thinking and problem solving, safety, technology, and employability skills.