Photography I Course Syllabus

A Course focusing on Manual Film Photography & Darkroom Processes


I.                     Course Description


Students in this course will focus their artistic efforts within the medium of manual film photography & darkroom processes such as developing film & printing images in the darkroom.  The individual works of art created by students in this course are expected to be proficient examples of the processes & techniques learned within the course in terms of elements and principles of design, technical ability, craftsmanship, originality & creativity. Through the creation of various digital photography projects students will also learn unique & individualized high order thinking skills such as creating, evaluating, analyzing, applying, understanding & remembering in regards to the visual arts.


Course Fee: $50          Prerequisite: None             Grades: 10-12


II.                   Classroom Rules & Expectations


1.         Shooting Days:  Student who wish to go shooting outside of building must have a leave campus form handed in prior to the first day of shooting or you will not be allowed to leave campus to complete shoots

2.        Act in a safe and healthy way while in and outside of the classroom – as you leave campus for this class it is expected you be on your best behavior in and around the community or your shooting privileges will be revoked & all shoots will be done on the students own time outside of class

3.        Respect the rights and needs of others.

4.        Take responsibility for learning—come to class on time and be prepared.

5.        Use working class time appropriately – student should be actively working on projects and classwork throughout class period


III.           Course Content


·          Project 1: Scavenger Hunt

·          Project 2:  Aperture –Exploration of Depth of Field

·          Project 3:  Shutter – Exploration of Motion

·          Project 4:  Angles – Exploration of how an angle can improve the interest within an image

·          Project 5:  Light – Use light as an artistic element within imagery

·          Project 6:  Portraiture – How to capture artistic images of people or animals

·          Project 7:  Special Affects – how to use the darkroom to manipulate imagery

·          Final:  Choice – Will Discuss at the time of finals

·          Critique – Discussion process at the end of each assignment

Additional Assignments

·          Photographer PowerPoint Presentation – explore great artist who have worked within the medium

·          Paper Cut Composition – to understand composition


IV.                 Completing Assignments

A.       Late work (assignments handed in after the due date)


All projects assigned are due on the day of critique.  For work to be considered “on-time”  the final image for the shoot must be printed and dry on the day of critique.  The print, a contact sheet & test trip must be handed in.

If work is not completed by the critique date students have additional time outside of class to complete work but will not be given full credit for the critique portion of the project grade as the presentation of work and feedback of classmates does not occur due to the project not being completed. 


No extra credit is given. 


B.       Attendance


Attendance in visual art courses is essential to success in this class - every absence will affect your learning & put you behind, especially since most course work is done within the class period..  If you are absent it is your responsibility to see me to receive the assignments missed.  You can also visit my website as it is updated with current assignments.


C.       Plagiarism

Plagiarism is taking credit for something you did not do; it is a form of stealing.  You will receive zero credit for the plagiarized assignment/project and a disciplinary referral to the school administration. This means all works created within the course must be original in its concept. Copied or previously created works of art will not be accepted.


V.                   Grading


Proficiency-based teaching and learning


        Grading for this course will be focused around the 6 visual arts national standards (common core / priority standards).  It should be noted that students will revisit the same standards but they are addressed differently for each assignment; an example of this is the visual art standard, “Understanding, and applying media, techniques and processes” – using this standard to create a photograph of a landscape is not the same and does not apply to the same standard being used when creating a photograph of a self-portrait. 

        You must shoot the entire roll of film (24 shots) with images relating to the shoot for each photo to receive full credit for that portion of the rubric


        Students are allowed 3 attempts to meet proficiency within any of the standards for each project:


                        1st Attempt:  The original creation of the project

                        2nd Attempt:  The reworking or recreation of the project – assignments that are being reworked can be handed in anytime throughout the trimester prior to 2 weeks before the end of the trimester

                        3rd Attempt:  Student must write a 2 page double spaced essay about the style of art or an artist working within that style/medium in which the student did not meet the standard – Medium/Artist must be preapproved by me prior to submission


The priority standards for Photography are as follows:


         STANDARD 1: Understanding & applying media, techniques & processes


STANDARD 2:  Using knowledge of structures & functions


STANDARD 3:  Choosing & evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols & ideas


STANDARD 4:  Understanding the visual arts in relation to history & cultures


STANDARD 5:  Reflecting upon & assessing the characteristics & merits of their work & the work of others


STANDARD 6:  Making Connections between visual art & other disciplines


Assignment Grading Breakdown


Projects for this course are out of 60 points

        The Final for this course is out of 70 points



Grades for individual standards have the following significance:


A = 90%+ Exceeding:  Meets all requirements of the grade level standard and can demonstrate understanding at a higher level of rigor based on Blooms Taxonomy.


B = 80%+ Proficient:  Meets all of the requirements and demonstrates all of the knowledge and skills of the grade level standard.


C = 70%+ Progressing:  Meets the most basic elements of a give standard, but not all knowledge and skills embedded in the standard are demonstrated.  Student demonstrates the essential knowledge and skills required. 


D = 60%+ Emerging:  Meets a few elements of a given grade level standard, but many required elements are missing and limited understanding demonstrated.


F = 0-59% Insufficient Evidence:  Student completed the assessment, but little evidence of learning relative to the standard is shown.


MO= 0%     Missed Opportunity:  A student did not complete the given assessment; this is a missed opportunity (MO) and will be recorded as such in the gradebook. 


VI.                 Contact Information

Please contact me if you or your parents have any questions, concerns, or would like to talk about the class.  The best method to contact me for a quick response is to email me at  Also be sure to check my website at:


Raychell Rohrwasser,
Sep 16, 2013, 1:04 PM