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.
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Napa Valley College Photography Website
Announcing 2015-2016 PhotoEye@ NVC Lecture Series
Co-presented with di Rosa, PhotoEye@NVC is a quarterly photo lecture series organized by the Napa Valley College Photography Department featuring in-person presentations by noted photographers and other contemporary image makers in which they are invited to share their ideas and artistic practices with students and the general public.
Graciously funded with support from the Janice E. & Bernard Charlup Photography Endowment held by Napa Valley College Foundation.
FREE to the public
On the following dates, at 6pm
in the NVC Boardroom, 1500 McPherson Admin Bldg.,
Napa Valley College
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Napa, CA 94558
September 17th Catherine Wagner
November 19th Robin Lasser
February 18th Lewis deSoto
April 21st Geir and Kate Jorhahl
The assessment process provides faculty, staff, and administrators with an opportunity to engage in open, evidence-based dialogue about student learning, to identify areas for improvement in teaching and learning at the course and program levels, and to sustain the conditions that foster student success at the institutional level. The results of learning outcomes assessment are used in concert with other measures of institutional and program effectiveness to guide curriculum development, resource allocation, professional development, and strategic planning. In these ways, outcomes assessment satisfies the goals of engaging in dialogue, identifying effective practices, continuously improving, and communicating the results of assessment and student learning to the campus community.
Program-Level Learning Outcomes for the Photography Department (PLOs)
Critically evaluate and understand the aesthetic, cultural, and political development of Photography in historical and contemporary cultures
Create finished images for professional/fine art applications based on principles of effective design and communication
Translate concepts and experiences through images
Present finished design products for peer, professional or academic review
Evaluate and critique photographic work and receive criticism from others
Work collaboratively and communicate effectively with others on photographic projects
For more information about the Photography Department, Please contact:
Photography Instructional Assistant IV