Art Institution Advanced Lighting

Catalog Code:           PHOA223

Course Title:             Advanced Lighting

Term/Year:                 Fall 2017

Location & Time:      Thursday 5:00PM – 10:00 PM, Room 267

E-mail:               or for immediate response

Office Hours:             Thursday 6:00PM – 10:00 PM

Course Length:         11 Weeks (or 5 ½ weeks if Mid-Quarter class)


Course Description: Advanced Lighting

In this course, students are expected to develop and present a significant original contribution to the field of photography in the form of a visual project and a written documentation of the entire process, from research through completion. Students will be exposed to professional lighting technicians, photographers, and pair with local San Diego business to complete objectives including a final project defining their own unique lighting style and theme.

Along the way students will be introduced to new lighting techniques, styles, and photographers in the field from both a commercial and fine art perspective. This includes a mix of in class tutorials, guest lecturers, and application. Lighting in Studio and in Photoshop.

This course combines formal instruction with non formal instruction. Students will meet with the instructor on an individual basis often; every fourth week class meets as a whole and students present their progress to the class.

We will discuss aesthetic, conceptual, and technical details regarding his/her project and continue to revise production pipelines. Each student will be allotted the same amount of time. Issues concerning all students will be discussed as a group.

Students are expected to work on their projects before/after discussing their project with the advisor. Additionally, students will regularly present their work in progress to the class and provide each other with feedback. Because students are expected to work independently, this course requires a high degree of self-motivation and organization.

Formal presentations to the class occur every semester are mandatory and an integral part of this course. Students are expected to attend presentations all day.

In this course, students are expected to develop and present a significant original contribution to the field of photography in the form of a visual project and a written documentation of the entire process, from research through completion.


Goals of the Course:

The goal of this course is to provide guidance for students who are embarking on the completion of their photography project. The instructor will assist students in an advisory role with both the completion of the actual work as well as the written components.




Quarter Credit Hour Definition:

A quarter credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

(1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for 10-12 weeks, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

(2)  At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.


Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Attendance is mandatory; class starts at the specified time. Students should be aware that they are expected to be on time for all meetings and presentations.
  • Students should plan ahead and ensure that technical requirements necessary for the review of work are addressed prior to meetings with the instructor.
  • In the event a student has little or no progress to show, he/she is still required to attend class. If a student is unable to attend class, he/she is requested to contact his/her Advisor well in advance.
  • Please note: Missed meetings will not be rescheduled; students will have to wait for their next assigned meeting time.
  • Presentation Preparation: All students have to arrive ahead of time and place their work on the computer in the lecture hall ahead of time. (Presentations should be tested in the class ahead of time.) Students whose work is not  there, or who did not test their files, will not be allowed to present their work.


Instructional Materials and References:

This class is available via eCompanion – visit www.myaicampus.comfor access.


The required textbook for this course is delivered via electronic format.  Students do NOT need to purchase a hardcopy textbook.  Students will be able to access the Digital Textbook via eCompanion ( beginning no later than the first day of class. Once students have accessed the Digital Textbook via eCompanion, they can then also choose to download the Digital Textbook to a personal computer or other compatible device using the Digital Bookshelf software (  Students should refer to the Ai Digital Bookshelf Student User Guide, available in eCompanion, for specific instructions.


Technical Support:

We provide Live Technical Support for both students and faculty via phone and email 8:00AM Eastern

Time to 10:00PM Eastern Time EVERY DAY of the week (including Saturdays and Sundays).

The contact information is: 1-866-642-2711 or The support provided includes eBook issues, faculty and student portal username or password problems and navigation, and eCompanion issues.






Estimated Homework Hours per week minimum:


Number of Lecture Hours per week Estimated Homework Hours per week minimum
1 2
2 4
3 6
4 8


These estimations reflect a minimum standard and may be exceeded as appropriate.

Assessment Criteria and Method for Evaluating Students:

Grading Scale:

All assignments must have clear criteria and objectives to meet. All students shall be treated equitably. It will be that student’s right to know his/her grade at any reasonable point that information is requested by that student. The criteria for determining a student’s grade shall be as follows (on a percentage of total points basis):


A                100-93                            C               76-73

A-              92-90                              C-              72-70

B+             89-87                              D+             69-65

B                86-83                              D               64-60

B-              82-80                              F                59 and below

C+             79-77

Assignment Points Available
Assignments 40 (5 pts. x 8 weeks)
Professionalism 10
Fieldwork 10
Mid-Term 15
Final Exam 25
Extra Credit 5 points maximum









Session Overview: Introduction
STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVE(S) addressed during this week’s lesson

Students will regularly present their work in progress to the class and provide each other with feedback. Because students are expected to work independently, this course requires a high degree of self-motivation and organization.


Lecture-Intro to syllabus and class expectations

Lab-Intro to basic lighting principles

Assessment-Assess class experience, review and critique prior student work

Due Next Week: Read Chapter 1 of in-class textbook




Session Overview: Lighting Styles for Portrait Photography
STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVE(S) addressed during this week’s lesson
In this course, students are expected to develop and present a significant original contribution to the field of photography in the form of a visual project and a written documentation of the entire process, from research through completion.

Learn different lighting styles, beginning with 3 Point Lighting. Emphasis on portrait photography.


Lecture-3 Point Lighting

Lab-Setup and experiment with portrait lighting styles

Assessment-Review and critique student work



Due Next Week: Add reading/assignments/homework due next week.




Session Overview: HOLIDAY





Art Institute of California-San Diego Policies


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy ensures that all students enrolled in certificate, diploma, and undergraduate degree programs are maintaining satisfactory academic progress towards a successful completion of their academic programs. The criteria and standards contained in this policy are set to recognize exemplary academic achievements or to detect problems for which actions of early intervention and/or remediation can be taken. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy complies with requirements of accrediting commission(s) along with federal regulatory guidelines.


A student must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress by successfully completing courses attempted. Completing courses with C or better grades indicates academic progress. Receiving D or lower grades and/or withdrawing from classes may put students at risk. Poor academic performance may lead to Academic/Financial Warning and/or Academic/Financial Aid Dismissal. It is very important that students attend all registered courses and complete them successfully. Should a compelling reason arise that requires a student to cease attendance, it is the student’s responsibility to immediately contact the Dean of Academic Affairs or Registrar’s Office.

The following criteria are used to determine whether or not a student is making Satisfactory Academic Progress. A student must be able to:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA);
  • Achieve the minimum incremental completion rate (ICR); and
  • Complete the program within a maximum allowable timeframe (MTF).


Failure to complete courses successfully for any reason will negatively affect satisfactory academic progress. Failing courses or withdrawing from courses could result in the loss of financial aid and academic dismissal. The minimum requirements for graduation are a CGPA of 2.00, 66.67% ICR, and completion of the program in no more than 150% of total program credits. The full SAP policy can be found in the student catalog and on the student portal at It is suggested that all students communicate regularly with their Program Chair or an Academic Advisor to review their academic progress.


Ai Unearned F (UF) Grade Definition

Unearned F Grade:  students who failed the course AND did not complete the final assignments in the course.  Final assignment include, but is not limited to a final exam, final project, final paper, portfolio presentation, capstone project or any other assignment due in the last week of the course.  If a student completed some or all of the other requirements in the course but did not complete the final assignment of the course and failed the course, the F grade will be considered unearned.  An unearned F grade will be reflected as a “UF” grade on the transcript.  The course’s instructor will award this grade when appropriate.

Academic Dishonesty:

Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic honesty while pursuing their studies at The Art Institute. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to: plagiarism and cheating, misuse of academic resources or facilities, and misuse of computer software, data, equipment or networks.


Plagiarism is the use (copying) of another person’s ideas, words, visual images, or audio samples, presented in a manner that makes the work appear to be the student’s original creation. All work that is not the student’s original creation, or any idea or fact that is not “common knowledge,” must be documented properly to avoid even accidental infractions of the honor code.

Cheating is to gain an unfair advantage on a grade by deception, fraud, or breaking the rules set forth by the instructor of the class. Cheating may include but is not limited to: copying the work

of others; using notes or other materials when unauthorized; communicating to others during an exam; and any other unfair advantage as determined by the instructor.


All reports of academic dishonesty should be sent to Mary Broding, Program Coordinator, at


Learning Lab Tutoring Program – Room 172

The Learning Lab Tutoring Program is available as a collaborative and supportive resource for our students. Peer tutors may provide assistance in overall comprehension of subject matter, trouble-shooting, and problem solving. Students should come to their tutoring sessions prepared with class notes, a foundation started for a project, and specific questions that will be conducive to a greater understanding of material. Tutors provide guidance and assistance to allow for the student to become independent, eventually applying knowledge gained and completing assignments on their own. If interested in becoming a tutor students should contact the Director of Student Services. Student tutors must maintain a 3.0 overall CGPA and have received an A in the specific subject matter.


Schedule Adjustment Period

The Schedule Adjustment period begins on Monday of week one and concludes at the end of the first class day of week two. During this time students may add or drop courses, or change sections. Tuition will be charged based on registered credits at the end of this period. Students will be responsible for all charges regardless of attendance. Students who fail to attend any classes or notify the Academic Affairs Department during the Schedule Adjustment period will be withdrawn from school effective the end of the previous quarter.


Add / Drop / Withdrawal Policies:

  • Following the Schedule Adjustment Period, students must see an Academic Advisor, the Registrar, or their Program Chair to request a Change of Enrollment Status form to add or drop a class.


  • Students may withdraw from classes until 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of the ninth week of the quarter. They will receive a grade of “W,” which does not affect their GPA. However, the course will be shown as a “withdrawal” on their transcripts. The student will have to pay for the class and the withdrawal does adversely affect their graduation date and Incremental Completion Rate (ICR). Students can be terminated if the ICR falls below acceptable levels.




Art Institute Attendance Policy:

The Art Institute of Campus is committed to learning-centered, hands-on instruction, which can only be accomplished when students attend class.  There are no excused absences.  The satisfactory explanation of an absence does not relieve the student from responsibility for the course work assigned and/or due during his/her absences.  A student who does not attend class during the first week of school or starts late is still held responsible for his/her absences.

A student who is absent for three cumulative weeks* will be withdrawn from the course and will receive a Withdrawal (W) grade during weeks 1 through 9 of an 11 week term and a Withdrawal/Fail (W/F) grade after week 9 of an 11 week term for that course (after week 4 of a 5.5 week Mid-quarter ground term) unless the student submits an appeal to remain in class that is accepted by the instructor and department director/dean.  A student is allowed only one appeal per class.  In other words, if a student submits an appeal and it is approved, the next absence will initiate a non-appealable withdrawal from the course.  The Attendance Appeal Request Form may be found in the Registrar’s Office.

It is the student’s responsibility to stay in communication with the instructor about absences in order to stay current with assignments. Students are expected to spend the entire amount of scheduled class time in the classroom. Students who are dropped from a class due to an Attendance Policy violation and have a documented mitigating circumstance may have the opportunity to appeal. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that attendance in class is brought to the faculty member’s attention if arriving late.

Students who are not marked present in any of their scheduled classes for fourteen (14) consecutive calendar days before the end of the ninth week of the 11 week term (week 4 of a 5.5 week Mid-quarter ground term), will be withdrawn from the Institute and will receive W’s (withdrawals, with no grade penalty), or if the withdrawal occurs after the end of the ninth week of an 11 week term (after week 4 of a 5.5 week Mid-quarter ground term) students will be withdrawn from the Institute and will receive WF’s (Failures due to late withdrawal). Calendar days include days that the student does not have any scheduled class. All calendar days that the school is not in session (e.g., school closings and holidays) do not count in the fourteen (14) calendar days as well during the active term. Students who have been withdrawn due to violation of the consecutive absence policy, but are still in good academic standing, if otherwise eligible, will be able to return the following term through the normal readmissions process. Students who have been withdrawn and the withdrawal results in a violation of the satisfactory academic progress policy (SAPP) must follow the procedure for appealing the academic dismissal.

Students are encouraged to make all schedule changes early in the first week of the quarter to minimize absences. Failure to sit in all classes during the first two weeks of school will result in termination from school for the quarter.

If missing class for any reason, students should notify the instructor.  It is the student’s responsibility to gather any information from the missed class period in a timely manner.

Digital Textbooks

Most courses have a digital resource fee associated with them. This mandatory fee is a flat rate per course and allows students access to an Electronic Library and HTML versions of textbook(s), and in some cases, other electronic media, which is integrated into the course.  Students are responsible for reading the Digital Bookshelf and eBook User’s Manual publication which describes the media, access to the materials and student rights and responsibilities related to Digital Bookshelf.  Students retaking a course are charged only once for the digital resources fee associated with the same course because students have access to the digital resources materials for five years.  Provided the digital resources for the retaken course still uses the same digital books, students do not purchase additional textbook(s) for these courses. On average the price of the digital resource fee is less than the retail price of the textbook(s) for each course, with the added benefits of no shipping charges and immediate access to the materials.


All students have the option to opt out of the institutional option to receive digital content by the end of the Schedule Adjustment Period and not be charged. Should a student opt out of the institutional method to receive digital textbooks and supply kits, s/he is responsible for purchasing the required  digital textbooks and supplies for their courses from an alternative vendor.


Technical Support:

We provide Live Technical Support for both students and faculty via phone and email 7:00AM Eastern

Time to Midnight Eastern Time EVERY DAY of the week (including Saturdays and Sundays).

The contact information is: 1-866-642-2711 or The support provided includes eBook issues, faculty and student portal username or password problems and navigation, and eCompanion issues.




General Student Conduct

The Art Institute of California-San Diego expects its students and employees to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.  The Art Institute students are generally men and women who are preparing for career employment. An integral part of their career and professional development is the expectation that they will conduct themselves during the educational processes in the same manner as will be expected in an employment situation. All students or employees are encouraged to report any unprofessional or offensive behavior to the Dean of Student Affairs. Any student who is found to have violated conduct policies as stated in the student handbook is subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including suspension or permanent dismissal from school.


Students with Disabilities:

The Art Institute of California- San Diego provides accommodations to qualified students with disabilities.  The Office of Disability Support Services assists qualified students with disabilities in acquiring reasonable and appropriate accommodations and in supporting equal access to services, programs and activities at the Art Institutes.


Students who seek reasonable accommodations should notify the Office of Disability Support Services at 1-855-855-0567 or via email at of their specific limitations and, if known, their specific requested accommodations.  Students will be asked to supply medical documentation of the need for accommodation.  Classroom accommodations are not retroactive, but are effective only upon the student sharing approved accommodations with the instructor.  Therefore, students are encouraged to request accommodations as early as feasible with The Office of Disability Support Services to allow for time to gather necessary documentation. Students who have a concern or complaint in this regard should contact the Office of Student Conduct and Resolution at Complaints will be handled in accordance with the school’s Internal Grievance Procedure for Complaints of Discrimination and Harassment.


Policy on Open Computers in the Classroom: 

In order to prepare students for the competitive job market, The Art Institutes have computer labsto support the delivery of academic programs and to support students in the completion ofassignments generated through course work. To ensure that students have the best opportunity toaccess a computer terminal to complete their assignments, all unoccupied computers may beaccessed during normal hours of operation whether or not a scheduled class is in session.


The student must wait 30 minutes after the start of the scheduled class to ensure that unoccupied computers are available for class members who may show up late. The student should enter the class quietly, find an open computer and get to work without disturbing the instructor. The student is expected to work independently and not disrupt the class in session. An instructor may ask non-class members to leave if their conduct becomes disruptive. In addition, the student may not scan or print, as these peripherals are reserved for the class in session.


Student Assistance Program

The college provides confidential short-term counseling, crisis intervention, and community referral services through the AllOne Health Student Assistance Program (SAP) for a wide range of concerns, including relationship issues, family problems, loneliness, depression, and alcohol or drug abuse. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1.888-617-3362.


Commitment to Excellence – Reading/Writing/Comprehension:

While the principal goal of this course is the acquisition of knowledge in the subject area, students should be aware that The Art Institute of California requires that research on a particular topic and clear and effective writing be an integral part of the learning process.


Library Assignment:

All students will need to utilize the Library for research and reference throughout the quarter. The Library is a valuable source for finding design ideas that will be needed for this course, i.e. inspiration and design fundamentals for mid-term and final projects; locating popular trends in design, illustration and photography; referencing past award winning designs which may be used as a guide; identifying benchmarks or referencing competent design works.