Portfolio Development Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PHTC-2343-CC1 Portfolio Development


Prerequisite: Successful completion of 21 hours of Photography courses

Course Description

A culmination experience for the evaluation of the student's photographic competencies. Includes association with a professional photographic organization, skills in resume creation, review of portfolio, professional self- presentation, comprehensive testing and seminars in areas of photographic interest.

Student ResourcesStudent Resources Website

Department Expectations

Occupational License Disclaimer

Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
Make appointment at https://melodiegraves.youcanbook.me

You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 2 lec, 4 lab)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information




  • USB thumb drive or external hard drive
  • Quality portfolio case with zipper (with acetate sleeves)
  • 20 - 40 sheets Epson Premium Semigloss paper
  • 1 ink cartridge for the Epson P600 printer, Cyan
  • various materials for self promotion including resume paper, etc

Additional costs:

Web domain name registration $15 and up

Website hosting: from free up

Membership in a professional photography organization - $20 to ? depending on organization

Student Performance

Course Description:  A culmination experience for the evaluation of the student’s photographic competencies. Includes association with a professional photographic organization, completion of portfolio, professional self-presentation, comprehensive exam, and seminars in areas of photographic interest. (WECM)

End-of-Course Outcomes:  Develop a portfolio or photographic work reflecting the student’s strength and abilities; write a resume which communicates personal attributes and photographic strengths and abilities; identify personal traits, mannerisms, dress, work performance, and human interaction for the primary purpose of obtaining and advancing in gainful employment; and examine opportunities in the professional community. (WECM)


Specific Student Outcomes:

  • Students learn to produce a professional portfolio in the area of photography they wish to pursue.

  • Students learn to network by joining a professional organization.

  • Discuss their photographs in verbal and/or written form

  • Present work for grading in a professional manner, as directed by the instructor

  • Participate meaningfully in critique

  • Maintain a professional and respectful attitude

  • Maintain classroom facilities and shared supplies

Other Information

This class will help the student to navigate the current commercial photographic market. Assignments are designed to help organize, design, and edit new and completed projects, as well as create a professional web site and establish a social media network to help promote work and reach potential clients. Emphasis will be made on communications skills including writing and presentations. Due to the nature of the course there will be self-direction under the instructor’s supervision.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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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


Classroom Environment:

For your benefit please read and comply with the Amarillo College Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook as posted on the AC website at:



All conversation should be related to the discussion at hand and comments should not be directed toward specific individuals. Please refrain from private conversations or other activities that might distract other learners.

Phones, laptops, and other technology:

 I want all students to be successful. Cell phones detract from the learning environment. For this reason, they should be turned off and put out of view upon entering the classroom. If you need to carry a cell phone for emergency purposes please see me in advance. If you bring a laptop or similar device to class it should not be used for any purposes other than taking notes in class.

Headphones may not be used during class time unless it is open lab.



Using someone else’s words, ideas, or images without giving them credit is plagiarism, a very serious Students Rights and Responsibilities offense. It is very important to understand how to prevent committing plagiarism when using material from a source. If you wish to quote verbatim, you must use the exact words and punctuation just as the passage appears in the original and must use quotation marks and page numbers in your citation. If you want to paraphrase or summarize ideas from a source, you must put the ideas into your own words, and you must cite the source, using the APA or MLA format. The exception to

this rule is information termed general knowledge—information that is widely known and stated in a number of sources. Determining what is general knowledge can be complicated, so the wise course is, “When in doubt, cite.”


Be especially careful when using the Internet for research. Not all Internet sources are equally reliable; some are just plain wrong. Also, since you can download text, it becomes very easy to inadvertently plagiarize. If you use

an Internet source, you must cite the exact URL in your paper and include with it the last date that you successfully accessed the site. 


Grading Criteria


Grading Criteria/Grade Scale:

Keep in mind grades are not given. Grades are earned based on student attendance, attitude in class, work ethics, and industry standard quality of assignments. These industry standards are:

  • Good concept
  • Good design
  • Creativity
  • Good execution
  • Meet deadlines
  • Professionalism

Grading Format / A-F 100-0 points

A = Excellent (100-90)

B = Good (89-80)

C = Average (79-70)

D = Weak (69-60)

F = Unacceptable (59-0)

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

Assignments, paper                                                                                          30%

Range of Skill Portfolio, Mid Term Portfolio, and Final Portfolio/Showcase      40%

Active Participation in Discussions                                                                    20%

Exams                                                                                                               10%

TOTAL 100%

Makeup Policy:

This is a professional development class. All assignments are due on the date specified. All assignments turned in late will have 10 points deducted from the grade. Assignments will not be accepted after one week.

Required Examinations:

A comprehensive exam will be given at the endo of the course.


This course is based on 2 hours of lecture and 4 hours of lab time. I understand it is sometimes impossible to come to class (due to illness, etc.), but because so much of the course occurs in the classroom, you should not take this class if you have other commitments or issues that will require you to be absent. I want you to be successful and your attendance is critical to your success.


In order to be fair, there is no distinction between an excused and an unexcused absence.  Please remember you will miss a considerable amount of material, and to be fair, material covered or in-class exercises cannot be made up.


It is YOUR responsibility to obtain the information missed if you are absent. I will not repeat lectures or demos. You must get notes from classmates, read the given material, do research to learn the material you missed.


We will have guest speakers to enhance your knowledge.



Habitual lateness is detrimental to your success in this class and disruptive to others. I will note attendance in the first 5 minutes of class. If you are not present, you will be considered absent for that day. Latecomers will need to check with me to ensure you are marked as tardy rather than absent.


Failure to officially withdraw before the final deadline will result in the appropriate grade being assigned to the student.


Additional lab time:

This course will require more time than allotted to complete class assignments. Consider this part of your homework time, a requirement for the class. 


Tentative Course Outline:

This outline is subject to change throughout the semester at my direction.

Week 1  

Discuss the purpose of the course

Take Prequiz

Talk about 5+5 Journal assignment

Portfolio 1: Range of skills portfolio, due week 3

Assignment 1:  Due week 5.

Assignment 2: Complete this by week 8.

Discuss Portfolios

Week 2

Career Services – Myplan.com-complete personality evaluation

Discuss membership in a professional photography organization.

5+5 Journal discussion

Week 3

Discuss Assignment 3: Social Media Presence, due Week 9

Portfolio 1: Range of Skills portfolio due, View portfolios

Week 4

Image review

Developing a social media presence

Week 5

Assignment 1: Paper is due

Web portfolio development

Image review

Week 6  

Image review

Discussion of Assignment 4: Self-promotion Products, Due week 11

Week 7

Image review

Work on Portfolio 2: Midterm portfolio

Week 8

Portfolio 2: Midterm Portfolio due, Presentation

5+5 Journal review


Fall Break


Week 9

Image review

Assignment 3: Social Media Presence due

Portfolio 3: Final Portfolio discussion, Due week 14

Discuss Assignment 5: Web Site Development, due week 14

Week 10

Image review

Work on Assignment 5: Web Site Development

Guest lecturer

Week 11

Image review

Guest lecturer

Work on Assignment 5: Web Site Development

Assignment 4: Self-promotion Products due

Portfolio 3: Final Portfolio preparation

Week 12

Web development

Portfolio 3: Final Portfolio preparation

Rehearse interview/portfolio presentation

Week 13

Comprehensive exam

Final portfolio preparation

Week 14

Practice interviews

Guest lecturer

Assignment 5: Web Site Development due

Week 15

Portfolio Showcase Presentations

Week 16

Portfolios returned

Additional Information

Student Assignments Retained: Some random student assignments or projects will be retained by the department for the purpose of academic assessment as it relates to student learning outcomes. In every such case, the student’s name and all identifying information about the student will be removed from the assignment or project.


Requirement to Join Professional Organization:

All students will be required to become a student member of an appropriate professional photographic organization (or graphic design organization) such as TPS, ASMP, NPPA, EPIC, Editorial Photographers, SPE, UPAA, PPA, TPPA, South Plains PPA, WPPI

Syllabus Created on:

08/27/21 9:06 AM

Last Edited on:

08/27/21 9:07 AM