Course Descriptions

Technology

TEC 215
Basic Photography
3 credits

Students will develop basic photographic skill sets in composition, lighting and angles to create compelling images.  This class will concentrate on the exposure matrix to demonstrate how ISO, shutter speed and aperture effect exposure, motion and depth of field.  Composition will be studied through the analysis of historic and contemporary photographs so that the students will be able to create compelling imagery.  Adobe Bridge and Photoshop will be used for basic editing and image adjustments.

TEC 275
Intermediate Photography
3 credits

Having completed a basic photography class, the student should be versed in making proper exposure, this course will expand on the basic photographic skillsets. The integration of flash photography will be introduced utilizing in-camera and external flash. Students will interpret exposure under various ambient and artificial lighting conditions. Adobe Bridge and Photoshop will be used for editing and image adjustments. Photo Mechanic and Adobe Lightroom are introduced.

Prerequisite(s): TEC 215

TEC 300
Advanced Photography
3 credits

This course will cover more technical aspects of photography including how to cover special events regarding the use of speedlights, lens choice, and angle.  It will also explore B&W conversion methods, B&W directional lighting & toning.  Students will continue their exploration of the creative possibilities and relationship between high vs. low shutter speed & aperture through various assignments such as high dynamic range (HDR) photography.  Raw file conversion using Lightroom and the use of more advanced Photoshop layers, curves and histogram will be emphasized.  A final portfolio will be completed.

Prerequisite(s): TEC 215 or approval of program chair.

TEC 325
Business of Freelancing
3 credits

This course will teach Media Design students the finer points of copyright and intellectual property rights. Students will write business contracts, model releases and learn to negotiate fees with clients. Planning and logistics of freelance assignments will be emphasized. This is a hands-on course where students design and photograph weekly assignments according to their majors. Collaborative critiques and discussions will take place. 

Prerequisite(s): TEC 215

TEC 366
Photojournalism
3 credits

This course is centered on visual storytelling as applied in print media. Students will learn to combine journalism and photography in order to best tell a story using images. They will photograph typical assignments such as general news, sports, and feature photography.

Prerequisite(s): TEC 215

TEC 400
Sports Photography
3 credits

This course will explore the historic and technical aspects of sports photography. Study will include identification, discussion and interpretation of iconic sports photographs, determining photographic medium, lens, lighting, and perspective. A hands-on approach is employed, as students will be required to photograph, edit and produce a series of finished images with captions from Wilmington University sporting events. Students will be required to spend time outside the classroom to photograph Wilmington University games.

Prerequisite(s): TEC 215

TEC 405
Photographic Studio Lighting
3 credits

This course is designed to explore the use of photography in the design process. Through demonstration and practice in the studio, the students will study and produce still life and portrait photographs using tungsten and powerflash equipment.

Prerequisite(s): TEC 215

TEC 406
Photographic Location Lighting
3 credits

This is a comprehensive course covering practical techniques for better use of light. Students will learn how to obtain predictable visual results as well as dramatic lighting by analyzing existing light conditions and using multiple light sources. The various aspects and techniques of photographic location work, including considerations for natural and created lighting, and camera flash use. Hands-on opportunities to practice the techniques covered in the class will be provided.

Prerequisite(s): TEC 215. Some equipment purchases may be required for full participation in the class assignments.

TEC 407
Lighting: Location and Studio
3 credits

Light is a fundamental element in photography. It is essential for students to have a comprehensive understanding of the use of secondary light in photography and to be able to successfully apply this knowledge to make compelling images both within a photo studio setting and on location. In this semester format course the content will switch at midpoint. Students will learn to light subjects and products in a controlled studio environment as well as on location, where any number of variables will factor into the decision making process. Work will be completed in Adobe Photoshop.

Prerequisite(s): TEC 215

TEC 425
Photo Editing Techniques
3 credits

This course introduces students to the technical aspects Lightroom and Photo Mechanic editing software. Content will explore organization, search, and processing of images. Students will work within the 5 modules of Lightroom: Library, Develop, Slideshow, Print and Web. Photo Mechanic will further explore caption and metadata additions to image files, such as basic copyright information, exposure, lens, and keywording

Prerequisite(s): DSN 210 and TEC 215

TEC 460
Topics in Photography
3 credits

This class may be tailored specifically to a course of study agreed upon by student and teacher, or run as a section with a chosen topic.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Program Chair