AP / Advanced Photography Course Syllabus

A Course Focusing On Creating Conceptual Cohesive Bodies Of Photography, Artists Statements & Portfolios


You Must Submit An AP Application For Consideration Into This Course

AP APPLICATION : http://goo.gl/forms/i13Py2Qj4S


I.                     Course Description


Students in this course will focus their artistic efforts on the development & creation of a portfolio of a single body of photographic imagery.  The Advanced Photography course is considered to be an AP course in terms of content, rigor & creative efforts.  The individual works of art created by students in this course are expected to be ADVANCED examples of photographic processes & techniques showing a deep understand of concept with conscience use of supporting elements and principles of design, technical ability, craftsmanship, originality & creativity. 

 Through the creation of a conceptual portfolio of photographic work students will strengthen their abilities to use unique & individualized high order thinking skills such as creating, evaluating, analyzing, applying, understanding & remembering in regards to the visual arts.


It is not required that you submit an AP portfolio to receive course credit but is strongly encourage for you to do so. 

If you do not submit your AP portfolio you will not receive AP credit for the course.


Course Fee: $50          Prerequisite: None             Grades: 11-12


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 ContentThe majority of this course will not focus on teacher assigned shoots but the development of your personal, conceptual, cohesive series of photographic imagery – your portfolio.  At the start of the course we will do various activities designed to prepare students for the development of their concept in which you are expected to create 1+ images per week towards a centralized theme which will be worked on the ENITRE TRIMESTER!


                        Development of your concept must be locked down by the end of the 2nd week – it is crucial for success in this course to have a strong concept outlined & stick with it.  Pick something truly meaningful to you as this will keep your passion towards the subject strong throughout the course.  After the 2nd week no switching concepts!

                        You will be required to have 12 images that work towards a single concept for full credit in the course whether you plan to submit for AP credit or not.  As you shoot you may leave some of your earlier work behind in exchange for new work in your portfolio.  Always be shooting, leave yourself room for choices! 


Additional Assignments

·  Editing Techniques Presentation – explore what you have always wanted to know how to do in Photoshop & share it with the class

·  Weekly shoot these are mini shooting assignments that will be given out each week to help you stay fresh & excited while building your portfolio

·         Weekly check-in’s with your instructor are mandatory to make sure students are on track & progressing in line with the course expectations & time restraints

·         Informal Critiques

·         Final – Formal Critique of your body of work – expect this to take 3 days including the final period – it is expected that you have your 12 images printed – digital format will result in a lower final grade – why…?


IV.                 Completing Assignments

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


1+ images are due for your conceptual portfolio a week.  Every week you will complete 1 image towards your AP portfolio.  Each week is geard towards complete a CONCENTRATION image OR a BREADTH image.  BOTH are required for you portfolio.

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. 



        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 are grading based upon rubrics set forth by AP central with a scoring range of 1-5

·         AP credit is given by the AP board only - 1 college credit per trimester 



                    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 rrohrwasser@sherwood.k12.or.us


*Portfolio Submission Requirements will be reviewed on another handout