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Howard Hsu
B CUSP 120
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning in Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts

Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This course examines photography as means of personal expression. It has been said, “every photograph taken is a self-portrait." Each photograph is in some way, shape, or form an insight into the photographer’s mind. The course will encourage students to look introspectively at their past, present, and future and incorporate aspects of themselves into their photography.

Students will develop technical photographic skills, learn about contemporary photographers, and explore personal identity, cultural perspectives, and ideological views of the world.

Student learning goals

Foster self-introspection and reflection in creating visual art work

Develop skills in image control, composition, lighting, and digital post processing

Create connections to classmates, photographic subjects, and outside community

Effectively communicate one’s vision in photography both orally and in writing

Critique and analyze the photographic works of others

Complete a photographic DC III portfolio that is reflective and projective

General method of instruction

Lectures, Hands-on shooting sessions, Assignment critiques, Digital Labs

Recommended preparation

Photographic background helpful, but not necessary.

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Howard Hsu
Date: 01/28/2013