Photography Degree Program

Spring Classes Start
January 9

“Nossi photo students work in the best educational photo studios in the Southeast while be taught by working photographers. It’s two of the main reasons why our photo students enter the workplace with the confidence of a professional.”

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Tom Stanford
Program
Coordinator

Career Outlook

Photojournalist

Commercial Photographer

Event Photographer

Wedding Photographer

Sports Photographer

Photo Studio Owner

Food Photographer

Advertising Photographer

Fashion Photographer

Editorial Photography

Portrait Photographer

Freelance Photographer

Photo Retouching Specialist

Creative Director

Photography Editor

Photography Courses

Focus on Our Four-Year Program

Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor of Graphic Arts Commercial Photography

135 curriculum hours

Focus on Our Two-Year Program

Associate’s Degree

Associate of Occupational Studies Commercial Digital Photography

75 curriculum hours

PH101

INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY

Introduction to photography will focus on learning and building the photography skills necessary to complete a variety of technical assignments revolving around nature and wildlife. Students will learn how to utilize the main functions of a digital camera in order to make accurate exposures. They will also learn the correct terminology and equipment associated with basic photography. This course is designed to build each student’s confidence when using their camera to complete challenging assignments. Introduction to photography will give students a solid foundation that will be used throughout their photography degree program. Shooting assignments for this course will primarily consist of nature photography concepts using available light. Use of tripods, meters and lenses will be taught on field trips with an emphasis on basic color control, composition and exposure.

PH103

ADOBE LIGHTROOM

In this course, students will be introduced to the Macintosh computer. Comparisons between the Macintosh and PC environments will be discussed in order to help those who are used to working with the PC become comfortable in the Mac environment. Students will learn how to work with the system, with an emphasis on organization and workflow. Through the use of the various programs included with the operating system and Adobe Lightroom, this learning process will take the students through various projects geared to introduce them to the software applications they will use the most. Students will be introduced to and begin to use Adobe Lightroom to organize their workflow and develop their photographs using camera raw files. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring a proficiency with camera raw processing for correct white balance, tonal range, noise reduction and sharpening.

DC102

DESIGN COMPOSITION

Students are introduced to the principles of design using a variety of media as they complete projects that emphasize various aspects of composition. They will learn about balance, repetition of shape, positive and negative space, focal point, the illusion of depth and motion.

SL130

STUDIO LIGHTING TECHNIQUES

This course is a studio and lighting class covering the basic fundamentals of various types of lighting. It includes different lighting systems that will demonstrate studio techniques for portrait, tabletop and still life photography. This class will give the students an understanding of how to work in the studio to achieve hard light and soft light using different types of light modifiers including the use of reflectors, soft boxes, umbrellas, grids, snoots and various other lighting accessories.

PS140

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

This course teaches students how to work with Adobe Photoshop, the industry-standard photo-manipulation program, from a photographer’s standpoint. Building upon what was learned in the initial Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop for Photographers will delve deeper into the technical aspects of the program, showing photography students techniques for color management, image and color adjustments, montage techniques and preparing images for print.

DP104

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

This course is primarily a shooting course. Students are expected to shoot hundreds of images improving their techniques and skill as they progress through the course. Some of the images students produce may be of portfolio quality. Additional topics include digital imaging, analyzing digital images, image capture with digital cameras and scanners, output devices, resolutions and digital file formats. - See more at: https://nossi.edu/degree-programs/photography/#sthash.MNTHA8yZ.dpuf

LL110

LOCATION LIGHTING TECHNIQUES

A course in understanding the use of natural and artificial light, reflectors, strobes, tungsten and florescent lighting systems to light and photograph portraits, interiors, exteriors, large and small spaces, still life, streets and architecture for corporate and editorial assignments. Students will learn about color temperatures and ways to color- balance with the use of color correcting gels and filters. Techniques of controlling, shaping, moving and enhancing natural light will be learned.

PH240

ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

This course is designed for students with advanced knowledge of computers and image editing software. It is designed to teach students how to fully develop digital images in Camera Raw; to post-process images in Photoshop using advanced techniques; to apply color management techniques to their workflow, including soft-proofing; and, to professionally manage their workflow from concept to final output. Topics include soft- proofing and color management; using speed lights and diffusers; noise reduction; controlling DOF; correcting lens distortion in post work; using Photoshop’s panoramic; Zoomify, displacement and vanishing point features; HDR imaging using Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw; and, focus stacking using Zerene Stacker.

PH201

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY

Students will learn posing and lighting techniques for commercial headshots and portrait photography. The student will become familiar with studio equipment, set design and classic lighting set-ups. Students will study the elements of portraiture: pose, gesture and composition and will learn how they work together to make the difference between a good photograph and great photograph.

VF101

INTRO TO VIDEO AND FILM

This course will introduce students to basic video production techniques and tools. Students will learn how the camera acts as a storyteller. In addition to learning basic procedures and techniques of video productions, students will dissect various film and commercial projects to analyze detail and tricks of emotional augmentation.

PH230

ADVANCED LIGHTING

In this course, students will explore and learn how to approach different lighting conditions and situations including studio, outdoor and event locations. Students will learn how to use on-camera flash and how to use professional lighting equipment (including the use of location lighting that requires generator usage) at indoor and outdoor events. In addition, students will learn non-standard lighting schemes that will enable them to shoot in difficult or unusual situations.

VP120

VISUAL PRINCIPLES OF PHOTOGRAPHY

This course provides insight into photography through a study of its history. Topics include the invention of photography, various movements in photography, historical processes, photographers and their influences on the way we see and use photography today, copyrights and ethics.

PJ209

PHOTOJOURNALISM

The aim of this course is to advance the student’s skills in visual communications through the use of photography in single images or stories. Communication is the ultimate aim of photography and better communication skills make better photographers. Students will be expected to produce single images and stories on their own time for critique in the classroom and through that critique to improve their communication skills. The class will place emphasis on the skills and techniques of shooting images that engage and communicate with the reader. Students will be expected to have basic skills necessary to operate in the real world where available darkness is the rule and studio lighting gear is the exception. Students will be encouraged to step outside their comfort zone for stories and individual images and discouraged from photography involving friends and family. Rarely will a student be discouraged from a story because it is too difficult although instructors will point out potential problems. In light of this, students will probably experience frustrations and failures while attempting difficult projects and, in some instances, more credit may accrue from a failed attempt at a difficult essay than from a successfully completed story completed in the comfort and safety of friends and family. Since communication implies an audience, students will be encouraged to submit images and stories to various publications in both digital and print formats. Whenever possible students will be given assignments to shoot for various school outlets and will be credited for completed assignments.

PH 210

COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING

Students will learn techniques for collaborating with advertising professionals as well as producing shots suitable for editorial and advertising photography. Subject matter will include a variety of contemporary advertiser needs, ranging from product shots to architectural work.

MF425

MODEL FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY

Color and B&W photographs will be used to showcase professional models. The use of studio lights and natural light with modifications such as reflectors and on camera flash will be combined to produce images for commercial applications. Head shots, ¾ length and full-length images will be produced.

PH410

ADVANCED COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING

Students will learn techniques for collaborating with advertising professionals as well as producing shots suitable for editorial and advertising photography. Subject matter will include a variety of contemporary advertiser needs, ranging from product shots to architectural work. This is an advanced course and students are expected to produce professional quality work.

WE405

WEDDING EVENTS

Students will learn posing and lighting techniques for wedding photography. The student will become familiar with equipment, design and classic lighting set-ups. In addition, students will design and use business cards, contracts and formal business arrangements for wedding related photographic products such as albums, framed photographs and videos. Students will photograph simulated weddings at real churches, outdoor facilities and other wedding locations.

SP208

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

This course introduces students to the fast-paced world of sports photography. Camera techniques, lighting, subject material, query letters and publication rights will be covered.

PH215

PHOTOGRAPHY IN POP CULTURE

A comprehensive introduction to mass communication including a critical look at culture and a thorough discussion of how media technologies develop, operate and affect our society. The course focuses on key media issues confronting each sector of the media industry, encouraging students to think critically and analyze issues related to specific media.

PH310

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

In this course students will learn the basics involved in food photography. This will include the fundamentals of lighting food as well as prop shopping, set building, basic food preparation and post work involved in food photography.

PH330

ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY

During this course, students will learn techniques of taking structural images of both the inside and outside of a wide variety of homes and commercial buildings. Historical as well as modern architecture will be explored. How to best reveal the purposes and functions of interior design will be an integral aspect of this course.

PH475

DIY PHOTOGRAPHY

DIY Photography is a course designed to teach students an economical approach to photography and photographic lighting. Students will explore resourceful techniques contributing to their personal style as a commercial photographer. Throughout the course, students will learn how to make the most out of the equipment they have, repurpose disregarded objects and turn them into practical and useful tools. Students will discover solutions by thinking outside the box.

PH340

LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

There are many commercial uses for landscape photography and this course will explore those uses. For example, resorts, golf courses, retreats, state and national parks, residential subdivisions and inner-city hotels all use landscape photography for their brochures and promotional advertising. Landscape photography is frequently used on mass produced calendars, note cards, greeting cards and posters. Through this course, photography students will learn special techniques for getting the best images of selected sites that can then be used for landscape purposes.

BU280

THE BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY II

This course will explore all the aspects of creating and managing a photography studio, as well as providing guidelines for being a successful independent contractor. A viable business plan will be produced.

BU285

ONLINE MARKETING

It’s no secret the Internet has changed how people and businesses interact with one another. Photographers have a great deal to gain from social networking. Social networking is the communication and marketing tool of today. Photographers can gain more exposure for their work and build a positive reputation online. They can find new clients and develop a community around their work. Photographers may be familiar with social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter and blogging but may not know how to put these tools to use for business success. This course acts as a practical guide for photographers to get online and embrace social networking efficiently and effectively.

VF125

EDITING TECHNIQUES

This course will examine the visual storytelling techniques and tools of video editing. Students will dissect editing styles, experiment with video projects, and learn terms and tricks. The overall pacing of scenes and sequences will be discussed, as well as the importance of drawing visual and timing cues from the story itself. Going beyond the basics of storage, timelines, shot choices, inserts, montage, series of shots, transitions and fades, this course will examine how to draw an audience in and make them identify with the characters’ perspectives for the sake of the overall scene and story arc.

VF230

AUDIO TECHNIQUES

Students will learn basic audio recording, mixing and editing techniques for video production using industry hardware and editing software. Using various recording and editing exercises, students will get hands-on training exploring the technical and theoretical aspects of audio engineering.

PH350

ADVANCED IMAGE PROCESSING

This course teaches students how to work with the advanced and emerging features of Adobe Photoshop. Building upon what was learned in the prerequisites APSP140 and ADP240, Advanced Image Processing will delve deeper into the technical aspects of image developing and manipulation and will address new Photoshop features as they become available.

PH420

CONCERTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY

This course is a study of event and concert photography. Emphasis will be given on how to capture moments in events, whether it’s some type of social gathering or a concert. Technical as well as conceptual skill will be taught. Students will become proficient in on-camera flash usage.

PH450

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES

Travel Photography Techniques will prepare each student with specific skills to photograph scenes from around the globe and bring them home. Students will not be traveling around the world but assignments will prepare students for any travel photography assignment. The course will use Nashville and surrounding areas as demonstration targets for the techniques that will be taught.

PH480

FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

By the time each photography student has reached the senior year of this program, they should have developed their own photographic style. This course is designed to give each student the freedom to shoot, in that style, images that could be considered fine art. This course is an opportunity to explore and develop each student’s artistic and creative side.

IS440

INDEPENDENT STUDY (optional)

Independent study courses are individually designed to meet specific needs of students. They may vary from one to four semester hours of credit. They may be in any subject area a student needs in order to complete degree requirements. Independent study courses must be approved by a member of the faculty, the student’s department coordinator and by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

BU450

PORTFOLIO AND PROMOTION

This course provides students who are about to graduate the Bachelor degree program In Web and Interactive Design an opportunity to explore the presentation and interviewing techniques used to find employment. Positive self-image and goal setting concepts are reintroduced. Students are also expected to produce their own professional quality work for their portfolios. Students must participate in a formal portfolio presentation of their work to the community and to their fellow students. They are given instructions in portfolio presentation, preparation of their own resumes, both print and electronic, cover letters and promotional materials, both print and electronic.

WC301

HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION

This course presents students with a survey of Western Civilization from the ancient world to contemporary culture. Through discussion and appreciation of historical works, students will draw connections between the origins and influences of Western Civilization, as well as an understanding of its role in shaping cultures.

ES300

EARTH SCIENCES: THE HUMAN ENVIRONMENT

This GE requirement was established, in part, because of the potent influence of science on society. Therefore, a major objective of this course is to help develop an understanding of the nature of science, including its philosophical basis, power and limitations. The content of the course is centered on life and its relationship to the environment.

LT211

LITERATURE

This class is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and exposure to literature. Readings will come from PDF files on Moodle as well as from handouts from the instructor. A novel reading is required and each student will read and analyze a different novel from a list provided by the instructor. Readings from different genres and cultures will include short stories, poetry and drama. Essays to analyze the readings are the method of assessment as well as tests over the readings and background materials.

EN270

ENGLISH

This English class will include intensive grammar review as well as writing assignments to complete a portfolio. Illustrations are encouraged to enhance the writing and the portfolio (these can add points to the grade). A resume and a cover letter are a separate part of the writing. A research paper is required and must have the correct documentation and analysis format. Professional presentation of final portfolio is required for completion of this course.

SS104

SUCCESS STRATEGIES

Success Strategies is a course in goal setting, techniques of note and test taking, problem solving skills, time management and critical thinking skill development. The course is designed to help each student improve his learning skills. In addition, students will acquire skills necessary to succeed as commercial artists. Life enhancing principles are also a major aspect of this course.

EN280

ENGLISH: WRITTEN AND ORAL COMMUNICATION

This course is designed to provide the student with instruction in two major areas of the English language – writing and oral communication skills. Writing techniques using correct English grammar will be emphasized and will be applicable for different environments including corporate, business and professional settings. A variety of public speaking techniques will also be taught. The student will learn what is appropriate for each situation in which, as a professional artist, he might find himself.

AH302

American History

This course examines history in America. The course will be a combination of lecture and discussion. 

PS108

PSYCHOLOGY

This is a survey course of the science of psychology. It covers the key terms of most of the psychological concepts from brain biology to abnormal, motivational and developmental psychology. This course surveys a broad field of study. A study of the thinking and research behind various fields of psychology will lead to a discussion of how each field applies to human events in the everyday lives of people. An examination of how psychology applies to advertising, graphic arts, illustration and photography will be made.

MA300

CONTEMPORARY MATH

Students will examine common uses of mathematics in everyday life. This course will also focus upon mathematical applications involving choice, voting systems, routing and networks, project scheduling, descriptive and inferential statistics and probability.

BU 270

THE BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHY I

The Business of Photography is a course designed to introduce the student to the concepts of running a professional photography business. Students will be introduced to the connection between theoretical knowledge and actual application of these concepts as it relates to their own business. Marketing, advertising and sales techniques that have been successful for professional photographers will be explored.

BU295

PORTFOLIO AND PROMOTION

This intensive capstone course provides students with the technical, conceptual and aesthetic skills to organize and develop an outstanding professional, quality portfolio by building on their comprehensive body of work while at Nossi College of Art. Self-promotional identity themes are developed along with a thorough review of student resumes, cover letters and business cards. Interviewing techniques and job search preparation are also stressed. Portfolios, resumes, business cards and self-promotional materials are showcased at the mandatory Portfolio Review. Industry professionals and potential employers attend the event.

Spring Classes Start
January 9

Who You’ll Be Learning From

Tom Stanford

Photography Coordinator

"Photography is a great tool for a student to interpret and capture their world. It’s an individual exercise where a creative decides where to go, what to shoot and when to press the...
"Photography is a great tool for a student to interpret and capture their world. It’s an individual exercise where a creative decides where to go, what to shoot and when to press the shutter.Tom Stanford is passionate about photography and enjoys helping others improve their skills through teaching, mentoring & coaching. Our instructors are professional photographers and they'll teach the techniques, but will take a lifetime to master the craft.Background:

·      A bachelor’s degree in Photography from Texas A&M/Commerce. Worked for newspapers in TX, LA and TN.

·      Photography Director at The Tennessean from 1996-2014. Experience in digital photography, videography and creating multimedia. Coordinated visual coverage for the historic 2010 flood in Nashville, the paper was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

·      Experience covering the NFL, NHL, SEC, music festivals and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

·      Involved in several book projects including Nashville: Hills of Harmony, Flood 2010: Chronicled By The      Tennessean, Tennessee Titans: Celebrating the First and he photographed Historic Presbyterian Churches of Tennessee."

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Sheri Oneal

Photography Instructor

Sheri Oneal has established herself as a national award-winning photographer renowned for work in the advertising, corporate and editorial markets. For 22 years, she’s captured poetic, unique and...
Sheri Oneal has established herself as a national award-winning photographer renowned for work in the advertising, corporate and editorial markets. For 22 years, she’s captured poetic, unique and memorable images as a commercial photographer specializing in editorial, lifestyle, corporate and advertising photography. Her imagery includes a variety of work such as environmental portraits, executives, food, architecture, business, healthcare and still life.She has earned recognition in such events as the PDN/Nikon Self-Promotion Awards, the American Advertising Federation competition and the Florida Magazine Association Charlie Awards. Her clients include Cracker Barrel, CBS, Discovery Channel, National Arthritis Foundation, United Way and Scholastic Book Fairs, among others.A Florida native, Oneal relocated to Nashville in 2001. She received an A.A. degree in journalism from Central Florida Community College in 1985; earned an A.S. degree in photography from Daytona Beach Community College in 1987; and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in art education in 1994.Outside of commercial photography, Oneal is a mixed media artist, a writer, and educator, an inspiration seeker and the founder of a 2010 Nashville flood relief organization called ReTune Nashville.

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