Courses & Programs

Photography

Frank Ward

Faculty, Photography

Arts and Humanities

Donahue 128

413.552.2487 (Tel)


What will you learn?

Successful completion of the photography option will result in the production of a portfolio of photographs created by various methods. The portfolio should include a minimum of twenty works completed in our studio sections. Works will feature the student's ability to composein 2D, with special emphasis placed on at least one of the suggested areas of photographic study in our program. Skillful use of the camera, competency in both traditional and digital darkroom practices, and constructive development of creative visual concepts should be evident in the learning process. Understanding of the basic concepts and terminology in photography is essential. The portfolio is required for transfer to upper level studies leading to the B.A. or B.F.A. degree for students transferring to four-year art colleges and universities.

What will you do?

Continue your education or enter the workforce! Photography can open the door to diverse careers in the arts, science, journalism, and more. Explore your options at HCC's Advising, Career and Transfer Center!

60-63 total credits

26-27 credits General Education Requirements + 21 credits Program Requirements

Depending on course selection, some general education and program electives may be taken online.


General Education Requirements

26-27 CREDITS
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 110, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Select from any Math (D) course with a MTH prefix.

Program Requirements

21 CREDITS
Introduction to primary drawing techniques, focusing on black and white and limited monochromatic color media, using a variety of media (pencil, crayon, charcoal, wash, ink, etc.). Emphasis is on sound observation, skillful employment of materials, increased exposure to the fine art of drawing, and effective presentation of completed work.Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week
A foundations course in art and design. The basic elements and principles of two-dimensional composition will be explored through the manipulation and organization of black, white, and gray media. Students will learn to think and communicate visually. Two 2 1/2 studios per week
Continuation of Basic Design I. Specific problems in two and three dimensions emphasizing repetition, color, structure, function, and related concepts. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per weekPrerequisite: ART 123
A chronological, historical analysis of major works of art from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on technical, aesthetic, and historical relevance. Prerequisite: ENG 101, previously or concurrently
A chronological, historical analysis of major works of art from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on technical, aesthetic, and historical relevance. Prerequisite: ENG 101, previously or concurrently
Introduces the technical and aesthetic craft for making a photograph through outdoor-indoor practices and hand processing and printing methods that lead to professional quality work. Prerequisite: None. Adjustable digital or adjustable film camera required.
Refines basic technical skills; discusses the aesthetics of photographic subject content and context, composition, use of symbolism and metaphor, etc.; the image in narrative sequencing; reviews the work of contemporary photographers. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week Prerequisite: ART 140. Adjustable digital or adjustable film camera required.

13-15 CREDITS OF ELECTIVES


CREDITS: 1-3

Choose any course in HCC catalog.

CREDITS: 3

Choose from the following Humanities [C] Electives:

ART 101, ART 110, ART 121, ART 122, ART 123, ART 124, ART 131, ART 132, ART 140, ART 141, ART 276 (formerly 142), ART 145, ART 147, ART 148, ART 150, ART 151, ART 222, ART 272 (formerly 156), ART 231, ART 232, ART 235, ART 241, ART 242, ART 250, ART 253, ART 254, ART 255, ART 261, ART 262, ART 273, ART 274, ART 275, ASL 201, ASL 202, ASL 291, ASL 292, COM 121, COM 131, COM 150, COM 205, COM 214, COM 235, EMS 111, EMS 112, EMS 118, EMS 124, EMS 125, EMS 225, DFS 101, DFS 104, DFS 108 (formerly 106), DFS 205, ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 203, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 214, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 223, ENG 224, ENG 226, ENG 227, ENG 230, ENG 231, ENG 232, ENG 235, ENG 237, ENG 245, ENG 250, FRH 201, FRH 202, FRH 205, FRH 206, GER 205, HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 103, HIS 104, HIS 105, HIS 107, HIS 109, HIS 108, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 130, HIS 150, HIS 162, HIS 220, HIS 225, HIS 250, HIS 260, HON 206, HUM 206, MUS 100, MUS 105, MUS 106, MUS 107, MUS 110, MUS 126, MUS 140, MUS 150, MUS 208, MUS 209, MUS 250, MUS 259, MUS 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 103, PHI 110, PHI 120, PHI 130, PHI 140, PHI 230, SPA 201, SPA 202, SPA 203, SPA 204, SPA 205, SPA 206, SPA 110, SPA 210, SPA 211, SPA 212, SPA 214, THE 100, THE 110, THE 124, THE 125, THE 212, THE 213, THE 227, THE 235, THE 237.

CREDITS: 3

Choose any visual communication course.

ART 145
CREDITS: 3

A survey of the history and aesthetic concerns of photography. Presents a way of looking at photographs and of interpreting and recognizing certain historical and stylistic elements in portrait photography, photojournalism, advertising, documentary photography, and the family snapshot. Emphasis is on the content and context of the works examined. No experience in photography is necessary, but experience is helpful.

ART 148
CREDITS: 3

This course will explore various aspects of photography. This course is dedicated to developing a deeper understanding of specific studio issues previously introduced in studio photography courses or subjects not explored in prior photography courses. Possible topics may include installation of photographic works, alternative processes not included in ART 149, mobile photography, portfolio building and broadening, photography book online publishing, working in the studio or outside in the community, etc. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week.

Prerequisite: ART 141 or permission of instructor.

ART 270
CREDITS: 3

This course will explore various aspects of photography. This course is dedicated to developing a deeper understanding of specific studio issues previously introduced in studio photography courses or subjects not explored in prior photography courses. Possible topics may include installation of photographic works, alternative processes not included in ART 149, mobile photography, portfolio building and broadening, photography book online publishing, working in the studio or outside in the community, etc. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week.

Prerequisite: ART 141 or permission of instructor

ART 272
CREDITS: 3

Women in Photography surveys the historic and contemporary artistic contributions of women in the medium of photography. This course is a critical exploration into the working and personal lives of many important female photographers. Crossing cultural boundaries and demographics, we will study the work of women photographers from around the globe. Students in the course will analyze and discuss photographic images relating to topics covered in the class.

Prerequisite: ART 145

ART 273
CREDITS: 3

This course advances student understanding of digitally based fine art photography through the refinement of their digital image aesthetic and by expanding their technical production skills. Students will focus on artistic expression while placing digitial practice within the perspective of photographic and cultural history. They will optimize their technical knowledge by learning essential problem solving procedures with Adobe software. Creative possibililities will be investigated through projects, assignments and critiques. Additional emphasis will be placed on developing critical insight through building a strong, personal visual art portfolio. 
Prerequisite: ART 148

ART 274
CREDITS: 3

This course allows students who have completed Advanced Photography to explore various alternative or non-silver photographic processes. Students will receive individual and group guidance and considerable feedback as they create images for a personal portfolio. Introduction of alternative techniques will include study of the history of photography relating to non-silver processes and imagery.Class work will also include reading assignments and critical review of historical and contemporary photographic work. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week.

Prerequisite: ART 141 or permission of the instructor.

ART 275
CREDITS: 3

This course involves learning the visual language of documentary still photography. Students will develop their own stylistic approach to photographing cultural, social, political and personal issues relevant to our lives today. Students will practice the camera and editing skills needed to create a series of photographs and organize them into a cohesive visual statement. Along with multiple photographic assignments geared to the creation of a documentary portfolio, students will study the traditional photographic essay, the cultural history of documentary photography, contemporary documentary criticism and the ethical challenges that arise through the act of photographing the world. Students may choose to produce work using film or digital processes.

Prerequisite: ART 140, Corequisite: ART 148

ART 276
CREDITS: 3

This course involves learning to define a subject through use of color negative processes in the color darkroom. The student will learn to create a cohesive body of color work using traditional color darkroom practices via the Colenta Color Processor. The class introduces students to the materials, techniques and aesthetics of making color photographs. Color prints will be made from color negatives only and processed commercially. Aesthetics of color photographs will be examined through group critiques and discussions of work by contemporary color photographers. Two, 2 1/2 hour studios per week.

Prerequisite: ART 141 or permission of the instructor.


Photography Elective: Select from the following electives: ART 145,  ART 148, ART 270, ART 272,  ART 273, ART 274, ART 275, ART 276.

Visual Art Elective: Select from the following electives: EMS 105, EMS 110, EMS 111, EMS 112.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.