Portraiture I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHTC-1353-001 Portraiture I


Prerequisite: ARTS 2356

Course Description

A study of the photographic principles applied to portrait lighting, posing, printing and subject rapport.

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(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 4 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Suggested Textbooks (not required, but very helpful)

Master Lighting Guide, Christopher Grey

ISBN 1-58428-125-1


Students will have access to a studio digital camera during lab hours. If you are a photographic major, you are required to have a digital SLR by the end of your first semester at AC. 

You will need 25 sheets or more of Epson Premium Semigloss 8.5”x11”.  Your printing will be limited to your class assignments. You may also use outside printing services if you wish.

You will also be required to purchase 1 cartridge for the Epson P600 inkjet printers. You will be assigned specific color later.  

USB thumb drive

8x10 portfolio case (with sleeves)

Other smaller items may be suggested but not required

Student Performance

Course Description: Skill development in the photographic principles of portrait lighting, posing, and subject rapport.
End-of-Course Outcomes: Use a variety of basic lighting patterns; explain the principles of subject rapport and aesthetic posing methods; produce effective finished portraits; and utilize subject analysis.

Specific Course Outcomes: After studying the material presented in this course of study, the student will be able to do the following as evaluated by the faculty in the department/program:

Use a variety of basic lighting patters; explain the principles of subject rapport and aesthetic posing methods; produce effective finished portraits and utiilize subject analysis.  (WECM)



Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Behavioral Expectations:

This is a professional subject and I expect all to act with professionalism. At certain times I may ask you to also dress professionally in order to assist your classmates in their photography or do off-campus photography. All cell phones should be set to silent or turned off during lecture and lab.

Grading Criteria

Grading Criteria/Grade Scale:

Course is graded on a 100-pt scale broken down as follows:

Participation                                     10%

Weekly Assignments                        70%

Final Portfolio                                    20%

Grading Schema:

89.5% and 100% = A

79.5% and  Less Than 89.5% = B

69.5% and  Less Than 79.5% = C

59.5% and  Less Than 69.5% = D

0% and  Less Than 59.5% = F


The final portfolio and presentation will be considered the capstone project for the course. The portfolio should contain 8 of your best images in a portfolio case, 4 of which can come from submitted assignments.


Attendance is crucial as neither lectures nor labs can be made up outside of class (extreme, legitimate extenuating circumstances may be considered). It will be noted if you arrive late, leave early, or disappear for long periods during class time. This will lower your participation grade. If you are absent, you can’t participate. Thus absences will affect your grade considerably. However, if you are very ill, stay home and get better.

• If you have to be out of town for a special event, talk to me in advance to make the appropriate arrangements. The more you give me a heads up and discuss with me, the more supportive I can be.



Habitual lateness is not acceptable. Be on time and have assignments ready BEFORE class begins. Latecomers are disruptive to the class process. I will note attendance in the first 5 minutes of class. If you are not present, you will be considered absent for that day. If you are late, I will keep track of this and it will affect your grade. 3 lates = 1 unexcused absence

Additional lab time:

This course will require more time than allotted to complete class assignments. Open studio times will be available for those who are unable to complete assignments in normal lab hours. Consider this homework time, a requirement for the class. Not having enough time to complete assignments is not a valid excuse!


Course Schedule



  (subject to change due to weather, time constraints, or other conditions)




Lighting Patterns


Lighting Ratios


Posing male and female subjects


Photograph a male subject in studio


Photograph a female subject in studio


Posing couples


Photograph a couple in studio


Posng a male or female subject outdoors


Photograph a male or female subject outdoors


Posing Brides


Photograph Bride in Studio


Posing a family or group in studio


Business discussion, Portfolio Work


Final Portfolio Due Final week of class


Additional Information

Makeup Policy:

An unexcused absence on a test day results in an F for that exam. If you have a legitimate circumstance that requires you miss a test day, let me know IN ADVANCE so we can make an alternative arrangements. If you miss a test due to an emergency, let me know ASAP so arrangements can be made.

Syllabus Created on:

08/22/21 11:14 AM

Last Edited on:

08/22/21 1:48 PM