Class Times: 
Monday 2:00-4:45 pm
Monday 5:30-8:15 pm

Jill Galloway Sherman 
Office hours: Monday 1:00-2:00pm 8:15-9:15pm
Office: Boland Hall, Digital Lab

For Photo Equipment Loans Contact:
Jeanne Bracy
856-308-3035 cell
Office: Boland Hall, 2nd floor near photo processing sink


Students will leave this course with a photographic portfolio consisting of: a three part compositional assignment, a still life assignment and a portraiture assignment .

You are required to purchase a 1TB drive for this class. Seagate drives will be purchasable via the bookstore.

Learning Outcomes:Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to do the following:

•Discuss the history and use of this modern medium; define basic terminology and concepts of photography
•Evaluate technical and aesthetic characteristics of a photograph. Such as but not limited to: shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, rule of thirds, quality of light.
•Create color photographic images that convey narrative meaning. Understand the greater meaning of color in Photography
•Use the digital darkroom to process, enhance, and present digital photographic images
•Distinguish the components of a work of art
•Discuss the context of a work of art.

Educate through lecture, visual examples, relevant projects, lab work, visual problem solving and class critique .
Student performance will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • 1st Assignment 20%

  • 2nd Assignment 20%

  • 3rd Assignment 20%

  • Final Assignment 25%

  • Blog and participation 15%

Quality of PerformanceDescriptionGrade
ExcellentThe student has exceeded the high expectations of the course in all areas of CRAFT, FORM, CONTENT and CONTEXT relevant to the course level. Evidence of such a performance would be demonstrated through the production of work of exceptional overall quality: mastery of relevant CRAFT, insightful and comprehensive understanding of FORMAL elements and subject matter (CONTENT), sophisticated or original critical and conceptual analysis (CONTENT/CONTEXT), outstanding quality in presentation of work and exceptional problem solving skills.
(Excellent effort and works).A, A-, B+

Above AverageThe student has met the high expectations of the course in all areas of CRAFT, FORM, CONTENT and CONTEXT relevant to the course level. Evidence of such a performance would be demonstrated through the production of good quality work: proficiency in relevant CRAFT, thorough understanding of FORMAL elements and subject matter (CONTENT), above average critical and conceptual analysis (CONTENT/CONTEXT), good quality presentation of work and good problem solving skills.

(Good effort and works)B, B-, C+
SatisfactoryThe student has demonstrated an acceptable level of growth in MOST areas of CRAFT, FORM, CONTENT and CONTEXT relevant to the course level. Evidence of such a performance would be demonstrated through the production of good quality work: necessary comprehension of CRAFT, adequate understanding of FORMAL elements and subject matter (CONTENT), acceptable critical and conceptual analysis (CONTENT/CONTEXT), and adequate quality in presentation of work and critical thinking skills.

(Acceptable effort and works).C
PoorThe student has not met the basic requirements of the class and has demonstrated minimal achievement in some areas of CRAFT, FORM, CONTENT and CONTEXT relevant to the course level. Student may need to repeat the course, if required by their Major.

(Unacceptable effort and works)D
FailureThe student has demonstrated inadequate achievement in most of areas of CRAFT, FORM, CONTENT and CONTEXT relevant to the course level. There is insufficient understanding and comprehension. Projects are incomplete or missing.F

Competency areas for grading 
CRAFT The materials and processes used to make a photograph.
FORM The visual elements of a photograph that create order and meaning.
CONTENT The meaning of a photograph expressed through craftsmanship, formal control and selection of subject matter.
CONTEXT The social and historical conditions in which a photograph is made and interpreted.

ExcellentAbove AverageSatisfactoryPoor/ Failure
A 94-100% (4.0)  B 84-86% (3.0)  C 70-76% (2.0)  D 60-69% (1.0)
A - 90-93% (3.7)  B - 80-83% (2.7) F <60% (0.0)
B+ 87-89% (3.3)  C+ 77-79% (2.3)  

All assignments are due at the beginning of class. NO LATE WORK will be accepted, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Thereafter, the assignment will receive a “0.” Extenuating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis. If you know ahead of time that there may be a problem meeting the deadline, then you should arrange a meeting with the instructor regarding this issue.

Due to the intensive nature of this course, absences jeopardize participation and a student's ability to successfully complete his or her studies. A student's academic performance is in pursuit of preparation for a professional environment in which there is typically zero or little tolerance for absenteeism. If, for some critical reason, a student finds it necessary to be absent, late, or leave early it is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor, and make up all missed work. Note that accumulated tardiness, leaving class before it is dismissed, or absenteeism will affect performance and the participation grade. After 4 absences a student will receive a failing grade. You are expected to be punctual.

Reasonable academic accommodations may be provided to students who submit appropriate documentation of their disability. Students are encouraged to contact Dr. Christine Mecke in the Office of Student Disability Services, Bellarmine B-10, at, at 610.660.1774 (voice), or at 610.660.1620 (TTY), for assistance with this issue. The university also provides an appeal/grievance procedure regarding requested or offered reasonable accommodations through Dr. Mecke's office. More information is available at

It is expected that students' work in this course will be conducted in keeping with the highest degree of academic honesty. Acts of dishonesty such as (but not limited to) cheating, unauthorized collaboration, and plagiarism will not be tolerated. The "Academic Honesty Policy" of Saint Joseph's University will be enforced. The text of the full policy can be found at

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