ART1340 Digital Photography I

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Curriculum Goal Area 6 - Humanities and Fine Arts. This course is an introduction to photography as a creative medium and focuses on the production of photographs. The digital camera is used as a means for individual creative expression. The emphasis in this course is on aesthetic, technical, conceptual, and historical concerns in photography. A wide range of topics will be covered including creative expression, visual composition, and the history of photography as a creative medium. Production and research will be an integral part of the course as students learn to apply artistic principles to photography.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, explain, and demonstrate the ability to perform basic camera and computer functions.
  • Show basic technical proficiency in the digital photographic medium.
  • Apply the elements and principles of art, design, and photographic structure in a variety of assigned creative projects including portraiture, landscape, and still life.
  • Create original photographs that address a variety of formal and conceptual problems and photographic applications.
  • Explain one's own aesthetic, conceptual, and technical decision making processes as they relate to creative projects in digital photography.
  • Articulate a personal, critical response to technical and aesthetic concerns when viewing photographs.
  • Form and articulate a timeline that includes significant milestones in photography and key photographers and photographs which illustrate these periods.


Please see eServices for section availability and current pre-req/test score requirements for this course.

4 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 1 lab, 1 other