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ART 2DP3 Digital Practices

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2016

Term: Spring

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Chris Myhr

Email: myhrch@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 328

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23930

Website

Office Hours: TSH 206 (Tuesdays 10:00-11:00am)



Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

    •    Effectively use a digital camera (i.e. DSLR) in manual mode
    •    Understand and use various software applications for image processing, organization and manipulation 
    •    Engage in critical issues surrounding both historical and contemporary photographic discourses
    •    Articulate their ideas and intents in a thoughtful and mature manner
    •    Analyze and provide constructive and critical feedback on the work of others
    •    Demonstrate appropriate vocabulary and strategies of assessment for photographic imagery


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

    •    External/USB storage drive  (formatted exFAT or MS-DOS/FAT)
    •    Recommended: DSLR camera with manual mode capabilities
    •    Recommended: tripod for DSLR camera
    •    Any required/supplementary readings will be available on Avenue to Learn in PDF format

There is a $50 studio fee required for ART2DP3 This fee will cover the cost of basic materials and printing necessary for completion of this course. Payment must be made to the School of the Arts main office (TSH 414) by the end of Week 1


Method of Assessment:

Students will work through a series of hands-on technical exercises, in conjunction with independent/collaborative studio projects aimed at exploring the creative/communicative potential of the camera. Studio work will be complemented by a series of lectures, screenings and discussion sessions aimed at developing criticality, conceptual foundations, language appropriate for evaluation and analysis, as well as a more thorough understanding of historical and contemporary discourse surrounding the photographic image in the context of art production.
No prior experience with computer/photographic technology is required, as this course is intended to prepare students for further study and exploration. Access to a limited number of DSLR cameras will be offered, but students are encouraged to acquire their own imaging device. Contact the instructor for more information.

Final grades will be determined through the assessment of studio work, as well as the quality of student contributions to discussion and critique sessions. The breakdown is as follows:


10%    Mini Project 1 - Due May 4
10%    Mini Project 2 - Due May 6
20%    Major Project 1a/1b - Due May 9
30%    Major Project 2a/2b - Due May 13
15%    In-Class Exercise Portfolio (Selected images from in-class projects) - Due May 13
15%    Professionalism and Participation (Attendance and active participation in discussion/critique)

Each assigned project will include a description (posted on A2L) outlining overall objectives, specific considerations, submission requirements/formats and deadlines. Student work will be evaluated in terms of:

    •    Technical proficiency
    •    Conceptual focus and rigour
    •    Synthesis and presentation
    •    Work ethic and personal investment 
    •    Time management and project development evidenced throughout studio production process

Successful projects will clearly demonstrate effort and attention to three key stages of studio production: research/planning, experimentation/development/creative problem-solving, and refinement/resolution. For more information on the assessment of project work, see the rubric pasted below, and the assessment_proposals_critique.pdf document posted on Avenue to Learn.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Assignments are designed as frameworks for creative investigation, and will incorporate the techniques and content learned and discussed in class. Students are encouraged to personalize, explore, and expand on the expressive and communicative potential of these skill sets. Detailed descriptions of all assignments will be uploaded to Avenue to Learn. Depending on the nature of the assignment, work will be submitted to an Avenue to Learn Drop Box folder, and/or submitted directly to the instructor.

A penalty of 5% per day will be deducted from assignments submitted late, or those not presented in the required format. Assignments will not be accepted after seven days without official documentation (see the MSAF section for details), and will receive a grade of zero. Studio work will be considered late and incomplete if not accompanied by required written work (i.e. project proposals, etc). Late studio and/or written work will not receive detailed verbal/written feedback from instructor and/or peers. Extensions for late work, or accommodations for missed tests or tutorials, will be granted only upon the recommendation of a student's home faculty: please take such requests directly to your home faculty's office. 

Recommendations/appeals for extensions will not be accepted on or after project due dates, and must be received no later than 48 hours before the deadline.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

ART 2DP3 is an intensive 2-week introduction to the fundamentals of digital photography. Topics will include: understanding photographic exposure, effective composition, operating a DSLR camera in manual mode, and basic digital darkroom strategies.

The outline below is for orientation purposes only, and is subject to change. Please consult the full and definitive syllabus posted on Avenue to Learn for any potential updates.

Course Schedule (Subject to Change):

May 2
Orientation
Digital Photographic Imaging Lecture/Demo 1 (Fundamentals)
In Class Exercise 1
Post-Production Lecture/Demo 1 Work session
Quick share
Assign Major Projects
Assign Mini Project 1

May 4 Mini Project 1 due
Quick share
Digital Photographic Imaging Lecture/Demo 2 (Technique and Aesthetics)
In Class Exercise 2
Post-Production Lecture/Demo 2 Work session
Quick share 
Assign Mini Project 2

May 6
Mini Project 2 due
Quick share
Digital Photographic Imaging Lecture/Demo 3 (Light and Communication)
Lighting Workshop
In Class Exercise 3
Post-Production Lecture/Demo 3 Work session
Quick share
Review Major Project 1

May 9
Major Project 1 due
Special Topic lecture
Small Group critiques Digital Photographic Imaging Lecture/Demo 4 (Output)
Post-Production Lecture/Demo 4 Work session
Quick share
Review Major Project 2

May 11
Major Project 2 In-Progress Images due
Post-Production Lecture/Demo 5 (Finishing)
Post Production/Printing session

May 13
Major Project 2 due
In-Class Exercise Portfolio due
Project Statement due
Final Project critique
Course consolidation


Other Course Information:

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:
Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic

Accommodation of Students with Disabilities. Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances:
Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.