FNDN 1310 Foundation Photography


3 studio credits

This course is designed to teach basic photographic skills and to introduce issues associated with photography and the history of photography. Topics included are camera operation, black and white film developing, printing, depth of field; basic skills for documenting art work and print finishing.


This first course in Black and White still photography requires no previous knowledge of camera operation or darkroom procedures. Cameras, light meters, darkroom equipment and photo chemicals are supplied by the Photography Department. Students should expect to spend $250.00 for film, photo paper, negative sleeves, mat board, etc.


Successful completion of the course allows NSCAD students to continue to use the darkroom facilities whether or not they are registered for a photo course.


There will be regular technical exercises, image assignments, and 

a final project.



Text - Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual by Henry Horenstein - an excellent reference book for the course as well as for future work in photography. Available at NSCAD Bookstore and used book stores.


Film Kodak Tri-X Pan 35mm film

Negative sleeves for 35mm film

Paper RC (Resin Coated) 8 x 10 multi-grade


WORKLOAD: Total workload for a three credit course is estimated to be nine hours/week.



1.   Regular attendance (no more than one unexcused absence).

2.   Demonstrate an understanding of camera use and darkroom procedures.

3.   Successful completion of technical exercises and image assignments.

4.   Successful final project.

5.   Passing grade on final quiz.



The course will be graded using the new grading system for all undergraduate credit courses, effective as of September 1, 2003:


Letter Grade            Numerical Equivalent             Grade Point Score


A+                     91 and above                   4.3

A                        85-90                                  4.0

A-                       80-84                                  3.7

B+                     75-79                                  3.3

B                        70-74                                  3.0

B-                       66-69                                  2.7

C+                      63-65                                  2.3

C                         59-62                                  2.0

C-                       55-58                                  1.7

D                        50-54                                  1.0

F (Fail)             49 and below         





Minimal completion of these assignments entitles you to a grade of C. In otherwords if you make more prints, develop more negatives, do more research on your mentor than required you will get a better grade.


1 - Draw an image in the 35mm format

      Draw an image in a square format

      Draw an image in a round format


2 - Process one roll of 35 mm negatives


3 - Make one horizontal print using the full 35 frame.

      Make one vertical print using the full 35mm frame

      Make one square print.

      Make one round print - and make it as precise as you can.

      Make a photogram

      Make a contact sheet


4 - Choose a photographic mentor, find enough information and enough images to make a class presentation on them. Submit an image and text for posting to the Web site.


     Tell why their work is important to you, what aspects of their life are interesting to you, and tell how their work has or might influence your own photographs.


Make an image in the style of your mentor.


5 - Keep a notebook and journal for the course with lot's of notes from class, lot's of ideas for images, lot's of references to your mentor research, drawings, photos, etc.


6 - Come up with an idea for making ten prints that are technically excellent, have some conceptual relation to each other - a "series" - and would constitute an "exhibition of your interest in photography" .  


Do the ten prints.


7 - Take the exam - which will be concerned with technical processes and practices in using the camera, developing film, and printing.


Extra credit - contribute comments, photo analysis, links, reference, bibliography to the Web site, interesting stuff!