Visual Arts: Media Arts 12 (Digital Photography)

Visual Arts: Media Arts 12 (Digital Photography) Course Details


Dave Giuliani


This course provides an introduction to digital photography and image editing, with an emphasis on using the elements of art and design to create and present photographic compositions. Students begin by completing a Camera Workshop to familiarize themselves with the various features and settings of their digital camera through instructional videos and online instruction. We then cover downloading, uploading for sharing and basic photo editing skills using the free programs Google Photos and or

Students learn a wide variety of ways to enhance and share their photos online with free programs that can be used well after the course is over. A large portion of the marks for this course comes from photo assignments based on composition and the elements of art and design covered in the textbook. These assignments are presented as an online learning portfolio in the form of a blog. The course looks at the professional side of photography, including taking portraits, mass media and advertising, education programs and career options. We wrap up with critiquing exercises, presentation of a portfolio slideshow and a submission to the SIDES photo gallery.

"Check out the SIDES Digital Photography 12 Gallery for photos taken by students in the course"








Teacher-directed, Student paced


Online assessment, with some in-person assessment options

BC Performance Standards


SIDES Teacher


Text: The Photographer’s Eye, by Michael Freeman


Basic technological skills

Digital Camera (minimum 3 megapixels)

Computer that meets SIDES minimum system requirements for Elluminate (virtual classroom) and high-speed internet access

More Info

Unit 1: Camera workshop (camera features, settings and accessories), card readers, downloading photos, organizing a photo library, making basic edits with Picasa, editing with layers in

Unit 2: Image resolution, JPEG compression, image file formats, sharing photos online with Web Albums, emailing photos, digital collages, slideshow presentations, backing up and printing images

Unit 3: Creation of online portfolio blog, based on photo composition and the elements of art and design following examples from textbook “The Photographer’s Eye” by Michael Freeman

Unit 4: Portraits, model release forms, copyright, creative commons, options in professional photography education and careers, mass media and creating advertisements with emotional appeal, formal photo critiques, informal critiques using Flickr, portfolio presentation, and submission to SIDES photo gallery.


Click here to view the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLOs) within the Integrated Resource Package (IRP)for this course.