ARTS 115

Introduction to Photography

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective May 9, 2011 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This introductory course focuses on the aesthetic and practical elements of image making in photography. Basic principles of camera work, framing, light and lenses are covered. This course provides a foundation for further study in photography.

Special information

Note: Students must have access to a digital camera with manual functions and provide their own photographic paper.

Learning outcomes


  • Knows about historical and contemporary issues in art, and corresponding research methods.
  • Acquires critical thinking skills that help one be more socially effective as citizens and able to pursue one's own creative investigations and analysis outside of the classroom.
  • Understands photography related vocabulary and can translate through visual language.
  • Develops problem-solving strategies within one's own work and their peers' work.
  • Understands basic functions of digital cameras, lighting and photographic software applications.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts

  • Demonstrate awareness of the scope and variety of works in the arts and humanities.
  • Understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within a historical and social context.
  • Respond critically to works in the arts and humanities.
  • Engage in the creative process or interpretive performance.
  • Articulate an informed personal reaction to works in the arts and humanities.