The Photography Department at Napa Valley College provides instruction in the use of traditional and contemporary photographic techniques. Majoring in photography with an emphasis in traditional or digital imaging will provide the student with basic aesthetic principles as well as an extensive range of practical photographic techniques needed for college transfer, entry into the photographic workplace, or for artistic expression.
Course work includes black and white processing and printing, digital imaging, studio lighting, experimental and non-silver processes, zone system techniques, and portfolio preparation. Students are encouraged to develop a personal, expressive style in addition to achieving technical excellence.
The Photography curriculum is designed to build fundamental technical skills in the operation of 35mm, medium and large format cameras, using traditional and digital camera systems. In addition, all classes emphasize the importance of creativity and originality in image-making through a progressive series of conceptual assignments.
Produced with support from the Janice E. & Bernard Charlup Photography Endowment held by Napa Valley College Foundation, PhotoEye@NVC is a quarterly public lecture series organized and presented by the Napa Valley College Photography Department. Featuring in-person presentations by photographers and other contemporary image makers, this public lecture series brings internationally recognized practicing artists working in photography and film to the Napa Valley College campus to share their ideas and artistic practices with students and the general public.
PLO 1 Critically evaluate and understand the aesthetic, cultural, and political development of Photography in historical and contemporary cultures.
PLO 2 Translate concepts and experiences through images.
PLO 3 Present finished portfolio for peer, professional or academic review.
PLO 4 Evaluate and critique photographic work and receive criticism from others.
PLO 5 Express artistic intents, concepts, and practices in writing.
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