Photo 12 course outline

Course Description

Course Outline

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Course Content




Communication is the act of transferring information from one person to another. Our world is becoming increasingly visual. This class will emphasize visual communication. Visual literacy is a very complex field of study. People are constantly exposed to visual imagery; yet receive little or no skills on how to read this information. Digital Photo 9 strives assist students to express themselves and to introduce each person to the skills to communicate visually.


Design is not a mysterious force put into an art work. The elements and principles of design are used to make communication clearer. Effective design also can create an ‘style or feeling for a product or idea. A design must consider its content, its purpose, its medium, and the audience for whom it is meant. Throughout the year the elements and principles of design will be stressed.


Techniques of creating art are sometimes very complex. There are many different ways to create an image. The more techniques that a artist is able to employ, the more flexible they will become in creating just the desired outcome.


Freedom with responsibility,

Respect for oneself, others, and the environment,

Act with authenticity

Students are expected to act in a manner reflecting the mature way in which they wish to be treated. This includes such things such as:
• on time prepared, fed, watered, washroom’ed’, and not socializing at the beginning of class,
• cleaning up after oneself at the end of class,
• all assignment handed in complete and on time,
• ask for help,
• help others,
• taking pride in oneself.

Course Content

This is a project based course. Nearly all learning outcomes will be demonstrated by the creation of projects.

There are written components to most projects. These written components are used to provide you with an opportunity to explain the intention of the image and an moment for self reflection.

The photography component of projects is mostly about your ability to take photos according to the assigned criteria. There are some aspects of computer image manipulation and file management, however these are of less weight then most important: capturing of the moment.


Content weighting

80% Assignments
20% Test/quizzes/written work

Individual Projects

All projects are marked using a rubric that classifies the evaluation procedure and establishes the e criteria for each project. (see the link on Mr. Prensky's web site"rubric" for more information)

Due Dates

  • Assignments have strict due dates. Marks will be deducted for late projects: 10% per day with a max at 50% Only excused absences with a note will be accepted excuses. This note can be from a counselor, a teacher (in case of field trips, etc) or from a guardian. If no note is accompanying the project, then marks will be deducted.
  • All projects MUST be handed in at term change or they will not be marked.

Extra Marks

  • There will be opportunity for extra marks, either through extra assignments or challenge problems.
  • It is possible to achieve 100% in this course.

Materials and Supplies

All equipment necessary for this course will be provided. There is a limited supply of cameras. Students are welcome to bring in their own camera; however, because of the large print size, the camera quality must be a minimum of 3 mega pixels, with a recommended size of 4+ mega pixels. Students will not be able to sign the school cameras out overnight.

Students will be charged for any prints over the minimum requirements for the course.

I will be trying to reduce paper usage this year. Most handouts will be posted on the Internet. Access to the internet will be necessary; however that does not necessitate having Internet access at home. The school has a drop in computer lab and computers in the art room. Students will need to plan their time accordingly.

Notes will be given in class: notebook will be necessary (students could use a sketchbook).