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Variety of Courses

Now considered the most popular means of visual expression, photography can be a lucrative career or an interesting hobby. OC's basic courses expand the individual's visual interest, knowledge, experience and observation.

Students can learn everything from the basics of black and white photography to the more specialized areas of color printing. At Odessa College, students work both in studio and outside the classroom to learn a variety of technical and artistic approaches to the medium. Advanced courses in portrait and commercial photography are also offered.

OC's studio boasts state-of-the-art cameras and lighting for small product photography as well as for portraiture.


Affordable Costs

Students are invited to apply for scholarships, which are available for photography majors and freshman who have declared photography as a major.

First-rate equipment is available for loan if a student cannot invest in a camera or if equipment is lost, stolen or broken.

A study of photography at OC can be your springboard into exciting fulfilling and varied careers. Come study with professional instruction - for a career of for fun!


Course Descriptions

Odessa College's photography program provides quality photo education for all members of the community. Photo students explore professional and artistic aspects of this visual medium by training in the basics of photography as a subject, a profession and a technology. A variety of courses are offered, including development of black and white, commercial technique, professional portraiture, color, the history of photography and areas of independent study. Opportunities are provided for students to exercise their creative talents. Upon completion of the photo curriculum, students will be prepared for continued studies at a university or entry-level positions in the photographic industry. While limited equipment and some scholarships are available for those considering photography as a major, the department welcomes all students.

Due to the implementation of the Workforce Education Course Manual mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, course prefixes have changed. However, courses previously taken toward degree or certificate requirements are not affected.


Program Degrees & Certificates

Due to the implementation of the Workforce Education Course Manual mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, course prefixes have changed. However, courses previously taken toward degree or certificate requirements are not affected.
Course of Study for Associate in Applied Science Degree Photography
Courses Semester Hrs
General Education Requirements 27
ARTS 1311 Design I 3
BCIS 1405 Business Computer Applications (or higher level) 4
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric 3

GOVT 2305 Federal Govt. or GOVT 2306 Texas Govt.

3
MATH 1314 College Algebra or higher level math 3
PHED (any two one-hour activity courses) 2
PSYC 2302 Applied Psychology 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Speech 3

Humanities/Fine Arts: At least three hours from art, Bible, mass communication (COMM 1316), English (except ENGL 1301, ENGL 1312 or ENGL 2311), history, any foreign language (except SPAN 1300, SPAN 1411 or SPAN 1412), music, philosophy or photography

3
Major Requirements 39
*COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication 3

COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 Photography I

3
COMM 1319 or ARTS 2357 Photography II 3
PHTC 1313 History of Photography 3
PHTC 1341 Color Photography I 3
PHTC 1343 Expressive Photography 3
PHTC 1345 Illustrative Photography 3
PHTC 1300 Photo Digital Imaging I (ARTS 2348 Digtal Art I) 3
PHTC 2301 Intermediate Photography 3
PHTC 2341 Color Photography II 3
PHTC 2349 Photo Digital Imaging II (ARTS 2349 Digtal Art II) 3
PHTC 2380 Cooperative Education ~ Commercial Photography 3

PLUS one course from the following list

  • PHTC 1347 Landscape Photography
  • PHTC 1351 Photojournalism I or
  • COMM 1316 News Photography
  • PHTC 2331 Architectural Photography
3
Total Semester Hours 65
*Course description may be found in the Mass Communication section of the OC catalog.
 
Course of Study for Certificate of Completion

Level I - Photo Lab Assistant**

Semester Hrs

COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 Photography I

3
COMM 1319 or ARTS 2357 Photography II 3
PHTC 1341 Color Photography I 3
PHTC 2341 Color Photography II 3
PHTC 1300 Photo Digital Imaging I (ARTS 2348 Digtal Art I) 3
PHTC 2301 Intermediate Photography 3
Total Semester Hours 18
   
Level I - Digital Imaging Assistant** Semester Hrs
COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 Photography I 3
COMM 1319 or ARTS 2357 Photography II 3
PHTC 1341 Color Photography I 3
PHTC 2341 Color Photography II 3
PHTC 1300 Photo Digital Imaging I (ARTS 2348 Digtal Art I) 3
PHTC 2349 Photo Digital Imaging II (ARTS 2349 Digtal Art Ii) 3
Total Semester Hours 18
   
Level I - Portrait Studio Assistant Semester Hrs
COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 Photography I 3
COMM 1319 or ARTS 2357 Photography II 3
PHTC 2301 Intermediate Photography 3
PHTC 1341 Color Photography I 3
PHTC 2341 Color Photography II 3
PHTC 1300 Photo Digital Imaging I (ARTS 2348 Digtal Art I) 3
PHTC 2349 Photo Digital Imaging II (ARTS 2349 Digtal Art II) 3
PHTC 1353 Portraiture I 3
PHTC 2353 Portraiture II 3
Total Semester Hours 27
*Level I certificates are TASP-waived.


Catalog Photography Course List

COMM 1318 Photography I (50.0605.5126) / ARTS 2356 Photography I (50.0605.5126) (2-4) 3 hours

Introduction to the basics of photography. Includes camera operation, techniques, knowledge of chemistry and presentation skills. Emphasis on design, history and contemporary trends as a means of developing an understanding of photographic aesthetics. The student will assess and select equipment, supplies and techniques to incorporate basic theories of film, exposure, development, filters and printing. Students will use efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply creative knowledge and to communicate with others. Lab fee required. (SCANS 4, 8, 9, 11) Prerequisite: None.

COMM 1319 Photography II (50.0605.5226) / ARTS 2357 Photography II (50.0605.5226) (2-4) 3 hours

Extends the students' knowledge of technique and guides them in developing personal outlooks toward specific applications of the photographic process. Students will use efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply creative knowledge and to communicate with others. Designed for additional experience in the photographic medium. Lab fee required. (SCANS 4, 8, 9, 11) Prerequisite: COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 or its equivalent.

PHTC 1313 History of Photography (50.0406) (3-0) 3 hours

A historical survey of the technical and aesthetic development of photography. Topics include the beginnings of the medium, inventors, development of photographic equipment, styles of the creative masters, aesthetic themes, and the social impact of photography. (SCANS 6) Prerequisite: None.

PHTC 1341 Color Photography I (50.0406) (2-4) 3 hours

Examination of color theory as it applies to photography. Emphasis on color concepts and the intricacies of seeing and photographing in color. Students will learn how to select color films and filters for various photographic lighting conditions. Emphasis is on printing from color negatives with assignments designed to help the student identify the intricacies of seeing and photographing in color. Lab fee required. (SCANS 4, 8) Prerequisite: COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 and ARTS 2348.

PHTC 1343 Expressive Photography (50.0406) (2-4) 3 hours

A study of formal, professional, and individual uses of photography by applying photographic technology to personalized needs. Emphasis on creative visual thinking and problem solving and the exploration of personal vision. Lab fee required. (SCANS 8, 9) Prerequisite: COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 and ARTS 2348.

PHTC 1345 Illustrative Photography I (50.0406) (2-4) 3 hours

Instruction in the technical aspects involved in commercial photography. Topics include lighting equipment, techniques of production photography, reproduction principles, illustrative techniques, and advertising. Students will learn how to organize and maintain equipment and materials in a photographic studio and select proper lighting for a variety of photographic studio situations. Lab fee required. (SCANS 4, 6, 8) Prerequisite: COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 and ARTS 2348.

PHTC 1347 Landscape Photography (50.0406) (2-4) 3 hours

Skill development in the inspection of the landscape visually and photographically utilizing various camera formats. Topics include exploration of historic, geographical, and cultural locations, and review of landscape photographers. Lab fee required. (SCANS 6) Prerequisite: COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 and ARTS 2348.

PHTC 1300 Photo Digital Imaging I (50.0406) (2-4) 3 hours (ARTS 2348 Digital Art I)

Instruction in the computer as an electronic darkroom. Topics include color and gray scale images and image conversion and presentation. Students will select and choose a variety of image-capture devices utilizing Adobe Photoshop. Computer scanning techniques include image control, manipulation and enhancement of photographs and line art plus the importing and exporting of text and graphics from multiple sources. Lab fee required. (SCANS 4, 8) Prerequisite: COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356, or consent of instructor.

PHTC 1351 Photojournalism I (50.0406) / COMM 1316 News Photography (09.0401.5506) (2-4) 3 hours

Presentation of photographic techniques used by photojournalists in newspapers, magazines, and trade publications including news, feature, sports, editorial portraits, and photo essays. Includes a study of layout design and the freelance market. Lab fee required. (SCANS 2, 5, 6, 8, 9) Prerequisite: COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356.

PHTC 1353 Portraiture I (50.0406) (2-4) 3 hours

A study of the photographic principles applied to portrait lighting, posing, printing, and subject rapport. Introduces skills to produce professional studio portraiture. Practice gained by making photographs through actual work with adult and child models. Students will learn to assume leadership roles by directing posing techniques of models and selecting proper camera lenses and backgrounds during portrait sessions. Lab fee required. (SCANS 5, 8) Prerequisite: COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 and ARTS 2348.

PHTC 2301 Intermediate Photography (50.0406) (2-4) 3 hours

Study of advanced exposure and printing techniques, archival printing, toning and printing for maximum print quality. Introduction to a variety of camera formats. Designed to give advanced experience in darkroom printing and developing procedures. The course allows students to acquire and evaluate numerous films and papers for various photographic situations. Students will select appropriate photo supplies and equipment for shooting assignments. Includes projection printing, contact printing, black and white print finishing, toning and mixing photographic chemistry. Successful completion qualifies student to work as a black and white lab technician in the photographic industry. Lab fee required. (SCANS 4, 6, 8) Prerequisite: COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356.

PHTC 2331 Architectural Photography (50.0406) (2-4) 3 hours

Study of the equipment, processes, and procedures necessary for the photography of building exteriors and interiors, dusk/night and night architectural landscapes, and construction progress. Lab fee required. (SCANS 4, 6, 8) Prerequisite: COMM 1318 or ARTS 2356 or PHTC 1345 and ARTS 2348.

PHTC 2341 Color Photography II (50.0406) (2-4) 3 hours

Skill development in advanced color image production. Emphasis on use of specialized color techniques and applications. Lab fee required. (SCANS 4, 8) Prerequisite: PHTC 1341.

PHTC 2349 Photo Digital Imaging II (50.0406) (2-4) 3 hours (ARTS 2349 Digital Art II)

Continued skill development in the use of the computer for retouching, copying, photographic restoration, color correction, data importation, composite imaging, and background dropout and replacement. Students will utilize layout and design programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PageMaker and/or Quark Express. Lab fee required. (SCANS 4, 8) Prerequisite: PHTC 1300 (ARTS 2348).

PHTC 2353 Portraiture II 50.0406) (2-4) 3 hours

A continuation of the study of principles of effective portraiture with specific emphasis on unique presentation and environmental and location studies. Lab fee required. (SCANS 5, 8) Prerequisite: PHTC 1353.

PHTC 2380 Cooperative Education ­ Commercial Photography (50.0406) (1-20) 3 hours

Career-related activities encountered in the student's area of specialization offered through an individualized agreement among the college, employer, and student. Under the supervision of the college and the employer, the student combines classroom learning with work experience. Includes a lecture component. (SCANS 5, 7, 9, 10, 11) Prerequisite: Consent of department chair.

 
   
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