Photography and New Genres

Photography and New Genres

The Photography/New Genres area of emphasis focuses on developing student understanding of photographic art practice and theory and the value of its contribution to cultural development and change. The program equips students to expand as artists in ways that are meaningful in the social context in which they live and work. Critical thinking and perceptual awareness are emphasized, throughout, and enable the student to broaden their artistic skills through observation, translation and invention of images.

The Associate Arts Degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in Photography and New Genres certifies that a student has explored a particular interest in art in an orderly manner and has produced a range of work indicative of a thorough understanding of the visual arts as a discipline. Award of the Photography/New Genres Area of Emphasis prepares the student for successful completion of requirements for a baccalaureate degree in Art, Fine Art Photography, Design/Media, Film Studies and Television, Digital Media, Museum Administration and Curation.

Courses Required for the Major:


ARTF 107 Contemporary Art 3
ARTF 109 History of Modern Art or
ARTF 110 Art History: Prehistoric to Gothic or
ARTF 111 Art History: Renaissance to Modern 3
ARTF 150A Two-Dimensional Design 3
ARTF 151 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ARTF 155A Freehand Drawing I 3
ARTF 231 Introduction to Digital Art 3
Complete the Requirements for the Photography and New Genres Emphasis:
ARTF 190A Black and White Art Photography 3
ARTF 191 Cultural Influences on Photography 3
ARTF 194 Critical Photography
ARTF 200 Photographic Composition and Theory 3
ARTF 233 Introduction to Digital Photographic Imaging 3
ARTF 280F Photography Studio Lab 1
Select one course from:
ARTF 113 Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas 3
ARTF 120 Native American Art 3
ARTF 125 Art History: Arts of the Asian Continent 3
BLAS 110 African American Art 3
CHIC 230 Chicano Art 3
ARTF 115 African Art 3
Total Units = 37

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree .

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Recommended electives: Art-Fine Art 232.

Note: Only one Fine Arts (ARTF) course from the above list may be used to satisfy SDCCD general education requirements.

(Mesa College Catalog 2013-14)