Through this course, students will:

Community Integration

  • Discuss other projects happening worldwide with other student photographers, and ultimately discuss the community impact that each photographer created and invite students to do the same.

  • Recognize their individual responsibility for achieving the program’s goals.

  • Understand how their photography work will contribute to expressing their perspectives and telling the stories of their communities.

Photography Skills

  • Understand camera basics, including how to turn the camera on and off and how to take a photo.

  • Cite examples of photography techniques and concepts during course activities.

  • Articulate the feelings and thoughts elicited from photographic techniques used in various photos.

  • Understand and demonstrate a mastery of photography tool-belt techniques including composition, exposure, aperture, night photography, portraiture, self-portraiture, and captioning.

  • Integrate concepts and techniques to create visually strong photographs with a personal voice.

  • Critique professional, peer, and personal photographs using photography concepts.

  • Articulate a deeper understanding of how each photography technique contributes to their work.

Writing Skills

  • Employ effective techniques, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences to develop a written narrative of real experiences or events.

  • Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.

Personal Development

  • Identify characteristics about themselves, their emotions, their goals.

  • Explore their past, present, future, and how to express themselves consciously through both writing and photography.

  • Thoughtfully communicate an integrated personal story through both writing and photography.

Intercultural Development

  • Examine the concept of worldwide community.

  • Identify and describe characteristics of other cultures in a non-judgmental way.

  • Express respect and positive regard for other individuals.

  • Discuss their own cultural story and articulate it to others.

Interpersonal Development

  • Express themselves clearly during group discussion with a well-thought out response.

  • Understand the concept of group assignments, requiring them to be responsible for their work as part of the whole.

  • Show respect and empathy when critiquing others’ work.

  • Exhibit good listening skills and engage others in the group discussion.

Course Outcomes

At the end of the course, students will have created a beginner photo portfolio and journal that documents their life and their surroundings in their community and environment. Students will have received knowledge that empowers and launches a personal journey of communicating their unique point-of-views, ideas, emotions, and the stories — of their past, present, and future — as they want to tell through words and images.