Photography Minor

The photography minor allows students majoring in another degree path to become introduced and practiced in the fundamental skills and processes within photography.

The photography minor allows students majoring in another degree path to become introduced and practiced in the fundamental skills and processes within photography. Students are required to complete 24 units as listed below.

Lower Division Requirements

Students will understand, and become comfortable, with the foundational use of the camera by understanding exposure through metering and the relationship between - ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. Students will begin to implement foundational design elements through composition, and compression through different lens focal lengths. Students will produce and analyze photographs by employing professional photographic techniques and the introduction of a digital workflow. Additional course fee. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHO105-B
Bess, David S.
01/08/2024 T 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO105-A
Bess, David S.
01/08/2024 M 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO105-C
Doyle, Marcus
01/08/2024 W 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO105-D
Smith, Christine Lee
01/08/2024 Th 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO105-A
Bess, David S.
09/03/2024 M 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO105-B
Bess, David S.
09/03/2024 T 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO105-C
Doyle, Marcus
09/03/2024 W 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO105-D
Smith, Christine Lee
09/03/2024 Th 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO105-B
Bess, David S.
01/13/2025 T 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO105-D
Smith, Christine Lee
01/13/2025 Th 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO105-C
Doyle, Marcus
01/13/2025 W 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO105-A
Bess, David S.
01/13/2025 M 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B26

This course follows movements and themes in the history of photography from its inception at the turn of the 19th century to today. In this class, students will identify key works and discuss their significance in a historical context. On a more theoretical level, photography will be observed as cultural production that shapes personal and political ideology. Photographic examples will be presented from photojournalism, documentary, fine art, advertising, fashion and academia to more vernacular uses in everyday life. Through readings, discussions and assignments students will build the visual literacy needed to experience, understand and analyze images. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHO140-A
Smith, Christine Lee
01/08/2024 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Adams Business Park
PHO140-A
Smith, Christine Lee
09/03/2024 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Adams Business Park
PHO140-A
Smith, Christine Lee
01/13/2025 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Adams Business Park

Through this course students will develop the technical foundation needed to process and retouch images with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students will build a professional workflow utilizing digital asset management, image selection, and global adjustments with non-destructive methods. Further pixel adjustments will be made within Photoshop for advanced retouching. Prerequisite: PHO 105. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHO250-A
Castellanos, Betsaira Leslie
01/08/2024 M 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO250-A
Castellanos, Betsaira Leslie
01/13/2025 M 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM Adams Business Park B26

Upper Division Requirements

This course further explores the medium of photography specific to commercial, fine art, and social practice. Students will begin focusing on a body of work specific to their genre of photography. Further refinement through technical demonstrations and critique will allow students to begin to define an artistic style that is viable within their intended marketplace. Additional course fee. Prerequisite: PHO 350. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHO310-A
Doyle, Marcus
01/08/2024 W 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B26
PHO310-A
Doyle, Marcus
01/13/2025 W 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B26

This course integrates a conceptual framework and narrative structure into the photographic process. Utilizing color, design and visual communication skills to evoke emotion, students will learn how narrative shapes messaging. The course supports students involved in a wide range of photographic disciplines where visual storytelling is critical to a work’s reception. Additional course fee. Prerequisite: PHO 310. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHO330-A
Bess, David S.
09/03/2024 T 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Adams Business Park B26

This course will implement a practical workflow within a controlled space, utilizing the tools and techniques of studio photographers. Students will gain an understanding of light quality and how it relates to ideas, and the emotional depiction of a subject. Students will understand how to craft their lighting to the specific subject they are photographing. Labs will be hands-on, integrating professional studio practices for digital capture and utilizing industry-wide workflow standards related to the latest software and hardware. Additional course fee. Prerequisite: PHO 350. (3 units; Spring)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHO332-A
Fouts, David Benjamin,, Sr.
01/08/2024 M 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B25
PHO332-C
Kern, Christopher Paul
01/08/2024 F 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B25
PHO332-A
Fouts, David Benjamin,, Sr.
01/13/2025 M 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B25
PHO332-B
Kern, Christopher Paul
01/13/2025 F 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B25

This course presents students with the digital workflow techniques needed to produce archival photographs. File preparation, resolution selection, print-profiling, paper selection and soft-proofing techniques will be covered. Students will learn the techniques of digital color management by applying color profiles to produce archival prints for the purpose of promotional, gallery, and printed portfolios. Additional course fee. Prerequisite: GDM 235 or PHO 250. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHO350-A
Kern, Christopher Paul
09/03/2024 F 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B26

Students will be able to approach locations efficiently to determine what artificial lighting methods to introduce, to create technically refined photographs. While also introducing these techniques creatively to further demonstrate mastery of photography through the use of location lighting. Prerequisite: PHO 332. (3 units; Fall)

InstructorStart DateDaysTimeLocation
PHO432-B
Fouts, David Benjamin,, Sr.
09/03/2024 W 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B25
PHO432-A
Alva, Raymond L.
09/03/2024 M 12:15 PM - 3:15 PM Adams Business Park B25