PHOTOGRAPHY 11 (MVAPH11)
Prerequisite: in Grade 10, 11 or 12
This is an introductory photography course. This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of 35mm B&W camera function, B&W film processing, as well as darkroom printing techniques and procedures. Students are provided with a basic introduction to digital (DSLR) camera functions, operations and related technologies (e.g. SD card-readers, Photoshop, scanning, image quality, etc.). Approximately 75% of the course will be B&W film, while 25% will be digital (DSLR). Students are introduced to image development concepts such as viewpoint, lighting, texture, pattern, shape and form. Students will also begin to develop their own approach and style in photography. This course recognizes and stresses the importance of both practical and conceptual skills. Photo students can expect a year of new photographic experiences—using both B&W film and basic digital-imaging. Note: students are NOT required to own a camera; instead, a 35mm FILM and/or Digital SLR camera will be supplied to students for use during class.
PHOTOGRAPHY 12 (MVAPH12)
Prerequisite: Photography 11
This is a second-level course, designed to build on Photography 11. This photography course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to improve their technical skills both in B&W and digital (DSLR) image-making. Students will build on the skills and concepts taught in Photography 11 only with a focus on creative, experimental and conceptual projects. Students will review, reflect and build on the intricacies of camera lighting, controls, lens settings, composition and timing. Students will experiment and learn to ‘break the rules’ they learned in Photography 11. Photography 12 students can expect 75%+ of the course to focus on digital (DSLR) assignments and 25% on B&W SLR film projects. Photography 12 students are provided with the tools to continue producing beautiful and meaningful photographs for the rest of their lives. If students have their own DSLR cameras—this class will provide them with the opportunity to learn about their specific camera-operations. Students will be given more creative freedom and have the opportunity to sign-out cameras—both DSLR and film (a liability waiver will be included in the course package) overnight/weekends so that they can explore their worlds outside WGSS grounds. Note: students are NOT required to own a camera; instead, a 35mm FILM and/or Digital SLR camera will be supplied to students for use during class.