This course was designed with different types of learning resources to help different types of learners succeed in the class. Your final course grade will be the sum of each completed step of the individual projects and exercises; research, readings and posts; vocabulary words; and final assessment, along with some possible extra-credit opportunities. See Assessment under Syllabus on the course site:

Along with attendance and punctuality, class participation, productivity and effort are also evaluated and they will add or subtract points from your total grade percentage.

Your final grade is a sum of your graded assignments (up to 100 points), plus any added extra-credit points (up to 5 extra points) subtracted by negative attendance, participation, productivity and efforts (up to 40 minus points).

  • Each of the assignments will be evaluated according to a specific list of required criteria given to you with the assignment.
  • Class participation and in class productivity portion of your score will be based on promptness, your participation in discussions and critiques, and in class work ethic (ex: no parallel talk, no cell or electronic device usage, no ipod listening, or working on anything not related to class work, disappearing from class, etc…)
  • Readings do count. Evidence of reading should be visible in blog posts, projects and class discussion. Failure to carefully read will impact these components of your grade.
  • Student grades will be negatively affected by late assignments, poor participation or preparedness.

Grading Criteria

Unless otherwise noted, all assignments are to be finished and ready at the beginning of each class.

Assignments are NOT ACCEPTED LATE! In the case of an absence, email me the link for your e-portfolio with the projects and exercises due that day BEFORE the end of the missed class meeting time.

Your final course grade will be an average of 100-point scale based on the following:

Assignment | Points
Projects | 44
Exercises | 26
Tutorials & Quizzes | 20
Readings  & Posts |  5
Online Digital Portfolio | 5
Total | 100

projects (44 points)
Each project is designed to implement the tools and techniques you have learned in class. Projects will be assigned each class and are due the following class unless otherwise instructed. Projects will be evaluated according to their individual grading criteria.

Project 1: My Camera | 6 points
Project 2: Seeing Light: Depth of Field | 7 points
Project 3: Same Space, Different Perspective | 7 points
Project 4: Exploring Time Through Shutter Speed | 8 points
Project 5: Conceptual Portraiture | 8 points
Project 6: Content, Light & Color – Final Project | 8 points

exercise (26 points)
The best way to learn to see behind the camera is by photographing. The photographic studies complement your learning by pushing you to photograph daily with intention. It extends the projects since it’s ongoing and not restricted to a set deadline. Although you are expected to take 36 shots weekly in any of the categories below and share them on your online digital portfolio.

tutorials & quizzes (20 points)
You are required to follow certain tutorials.

direct reading and research posts on blackboard (5 points)
Reading and research complement your learning and are necessary to help you understand the content visually and intellectually.

electronic portfolio presentation(5 points)
You are required to create, maintain and share an e-portfolio on WordPress with all your projects and present the portfolio at midterm and final presentations. .


You can earn a total of up to three (3) extra-points on your total final grade by delivering or participating on the following:

course evaluation (2) – The college offer course evaluations and to motivate you to complete it you can earn 2 extra credits points.

art related events (2) – The Art Department regularly offers art exhibitions in the WCC Gallery and field trips to museums and galleries. If you decide to attend one of these WCC events, contact your instructor for an optional extra credit assignment. Each event is worth half (0.5) point up to two (2) points for four events.

attendance, punctuality, participation, productivity & effort

Positive class participation, effort and productivity, and attendance and punctuality are expected in this class as they are directly linked to your learning, and as such they don’t give you points. On the other hand, negative class participation and attendance can affect your success in this class by deducting up to 40 points from your final grade.

attendance & punctuality 

This is an in-person class and it is important that you arrive to class on time & prepared.

Late arrivals and early departures are disruptive to your peers and yourself. Each tardiness and/or early departure after two will deduct half (0.5) point from your final grade.

Each class we will be learning a new concept and/or technique. When you miss a class it means that you do not learn an essential design concept or skill. In class assignments cannot be made up.

Each unexcused absence above two (2) will result in the loss of two (2) points on your final grade for the course:

two absences        =         0
three absences      =         -2
four absences       =         -4
five absences         =         -6
six absences          =         -8
seven absences     =         -10
eight absences      =         -12

nine absences             =         -14
ten absences               =         -16
eleven absences          =         -18
twelve absences          =         -20
thirteen absences       =         -22
fourteen absences     =         -24
fifteen absences         =         -26

Absences that are documented through medical notes and death certificates should be brought to the Nurse’s office in the Student Center so all your instructors can be made aware of your excused absence.

If you miss class, it is your responsibility to obtain any missed handouts, information, and assignments from the course website. Once you have reviewed the class content and homework for the missed day, e-mail or text your instructor with any questions.

You will be expected to turn in any assignments that were given on their assigned due date, as well as keep your digital portfolio up to date. This means that if you are absent, the following class you must turn in the work that was due on the date of your absence and the new work that is due that day (this also applies to your weekly writing, reading and posts, and e-portfolio assignments, not only projects and exercises).

effort & productivity

Effort and class productivity are defined as staying current with the course site, emails and text messages, self-evaluations, and refraining from the following negative class behaviors: sleeping in class, taking longer breaks, doing non-relevant work, having non-related parallel conversations, texting or daydreaming in class.

Every time this occurs I will let you know and deduct half (0.5) point from your final grade.

You are also expected to complete four (4) Self-Evaluations during the semester. Self-Evaluations are designed to help you increase your productivity and take charge of your learning by making you aware of how you are doing in the class and what you need to do to excel. Each Self-Evaluation you don’t complete on time will deduct two-and-a-half (2.5) points from your final grade.

You can lose up to twenty (20) points on negative effort and productivity.


Participation reflects your engagement in critiques, discussions and presentations.

We will hold a critique at the beginning of class each time a project is due. Projects must be hung on the critique wall by the beginning of class; if you are late arriving in class, your project is late. Everyone will show his/her work to the class for discussion. Everyone must engage in these discussions; it is important to learn the vocabulary of design and speak comfortably about the work presented. Be prepared to speak briefly about your piece, what is successful and what is not. Hanging your work in front of your peers can be a vulnerable, but very fruitful experience. Always remember that we learn just as much from our failures as from our achievements – if not more!

The discussions and presentations will focus on the formal concerns and techniques that we have learned in class. It should be apparent that time, effort, and thought went into each of your designs.

Each class critique, discussion or presentation that you are not ready to participate, reduces your final grade by one (1) point.

It is your duty to complete the course evaluation and present the receipt acknowledging its completion. Failure to do so will deduct one (1) point from your final grade.

You can lose up to twenty (20) points on negative participation.

You should notify your instructor of any extenuating circumstances that may affect your performance, attendance and punctuality in this class.