2013-14 Unit Plan

Mission Statement

The photograph has greatly influenced our visual heritage and is a medium practiced by countless people worldwide.  Our Mission is to provide students a quality photographic education in the area of technique, aesthetics, creativity and content, and historical and contemporary trends in photography.

We strive to provide both commercial, and fine art students, access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and to instill a strong sense of photographic history as well as grounding in current photographic theory. Digital and traditional approaches to the medium are explored as both represent the historic and current trends in the industry.  We believe the many aspects of fine art photography inform and improve commercial work and vice versa; this multi-disciplinary philosophy underlies most of our curriculum.

Photography has gone through significant technological changes since the development of electronic imaging.  Photography education in the 21st century must maintain relevance to meet the needs of contemporary students.  Photography instructors have an opportunity to create a dynamic new paradigm that blends the full spectrum of the photographic experience.

Photography has gone through significant technological changes since the development of electronic imaging.  Photography education in the 21st century must maintain relevance to meet the needs of contemporary students.  Photography instructors have an opportunity to create a dynamic new paradigm that blends the full spectrum of the photographic experience.

Program Description

Butte College’s Photography Program offers two areas of training for students interested in a career in photography: a major in Commercial Photography and a major in Fine Art Photography. Courses in digital and traditional photography provide a strong foundation for either career path.

While commercial photography classes’ offer an emphasis in technique to enable students to 
create images to professional standards, fine art classes offer instruction in the manipulation of 
materials, creative expression, development of a personal esthetic and presentation in order to allow photographers to create a strong personal response to personal issues as well as those in the world around them.

However, we strongly encourage students to participate in both venues; since artists can benefit 
from strength in technique and a strong personal esthetic can give a commercial photographer the 
edge needed to be successful in their chosen career. This unique integration of the two areas of 
photographic expertise, often separated educationally, is one reason why the program is 
recognized by the community at large as one of the strongest and most diversified photography 
departments in Northern California.

Our courses are taught by experienced instructors with years of expertise and knowledge in both the commercial and fine art avenues of photography.  To continue providing excellent instruction in our diverse range of classes, two new associate faculty members have been recently added to our program.

Our course offerings are as follows:

The major consists of 26 units.
Changes: The required units for the AS Degree in Photography have been changed from 46 units to 26 units.  12 out of the 26 units are core classes (family of classes) with 14 additional units from other required courses for the major.  The changes in unit load will permit students to complete the major within one year.
The following four core courses are the photo family of classes: 12 units

PHO 2 Introduction to Photography – 3 units
PHO 4 Color Photography - 3 units (P) OR PHO 6 Black and White Photography – 3 units (P)
PHO 8 Commercial Photography - 3 units (P)
PHO 7 Stock Photography - 3 units (P)

Butte College photography classes also serve the rest of the college community since they are 
prerequisites for other areas of study: Art, Graphic Design, Telecommunications and the Media 
Services Program is representative. Many students have returned to inform us that an overall 
knowledge of photography was the skill that caused an employer to choose them over another 
applicant otherwise equally qualified for the job.


Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success

  • Supporting Rationale

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Strategy 2

  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Student Learning Outcome assesments given in each photography course help ensure the program's entended goals.  Faculty will be able to adjust and/or reenforce course content based on SLOs so students more readally absorb and retain information valuable to their future careers.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Increasing student success
  • Required Resources

    The Adobe Photoshop Suite is needed in all three Apple computer labs. This upgrade on our software is needed for student success.

    Our current Adobe software is a year behind, and the Video software we use is four years old and does not run well on our computers.

    By upgrading to the newest Adobe suite, we will be able to switch from the old video software and begin using the newest Adobe video software.

    Current Revenue Stream

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Photography, Multimedia, Graphic Design Operating Expenses Adobe Suite upgrade for three Mac labs 11-000-512-1-061460 56411 $35,000.00 $0.00 Focusing on Student Success. Valuing a Culture of Learning. Enhance student educational experience and access through strategic use of technology.
    2 Yes Photography Personnel Year Round Lab Technician Support 11-000-512-1-101100 52210 $0.00 $7,384.00 1,2,3,4 (all letters), Restore reduction of Photo Lab Tech, Davin Schreindl's position to minimum of 11-months, preferably, 12-months per year.
    3 Yes Photography Personnel Year Round Secretarial Support 11-000-512-1-101100 52120 $0.00 $481.00 1,2,3,4 (all letters), Restore reduction of clerical support, Secretary III, Krista Collett's position to 12-months per year.
    4 Yes Photography Operating Expenses 26 copies of Adobe Lightroom 11-000-512-1-101100 56411 $2,080.00 $0.00 1A, 3B, This is new software that is quickly becoming an industry standard.
    5 Yes Photography Equipment 5 Nikon Digital cameras – D5100 model 11-000-512-1-101100 56410 $3,000.00 $0.00 1A, 3B, Nikon digital cameras for taking hi-rez DSLR images.
    6 Yes Photography Equipment 3 studio mono lights 11-000-512-1-101100 56410 $2,000.00 $0.00 Needed to add flexibility to our current studio lighting set up. Also useful for training students to use the same kinds of lighting used in the professional industry.
    7 Yes Photography Equipment 3 Handheld light meters 11-000-512-1-101100 56410 $300.00 $0.00 1A, 3B, 3 Handheld light meters for use in photo studio.
    8 Yes Photography Equipment UV Light Box 11-000-512-1-101100 $800.00 $0.00 An Ulta Violate (UV) Light box is needed for non-silver photography, such as cyanotype, van dyke and gum bichromate prints. While the prints can be produced with sun light, the UV Light Box is needed for times when weather does not permit and when very precise exposure is a necessity.
    9 Yes Photography Equipment 3 Medium Format Cameras 11-000-512-1-101100 56410 $3,000.00 $0.00 1A, 3B, Medium format cameras for use in photo studio.
    10 Yes Photography Equipment Photo Books and DVD's 11-000-512-1-101100 54300 $500.00 $0.00 1A, 3B, Photography books and DVDs for the art department resource library.
    Total(s) $46,680.00 $7,865.00