Making a Syllabus for a Digital Photography Class

The syllabus is an important piece of of documentation for digital photography classes. The syllabus is essential because it clearly outlines the end and the beginning of the course being taught. It introduces the course to your students and clarifies the final outcome of the course.

The syllabus for your digital photography class is a formal link between you and the class and will be referred to throughout the course duration. Also, it has been observed that in most cases, students respond positively to a well-planned syllabus. Hence, it is wise to take some time and energy to design and construct a syllabus.

The following is a guideline to preparing a syllabus for a digital photography class.

Planning Considerations

The first thing to consider is the present level of knowledge of the students that have enrolled for your class. Introductory and advanced digital photography classes require completely different introductory points and have widely varying requirements from an equipment point of view.

Also, think about the kind of equipment and software that the students already have access to. Do the students have ‘point and shoot’ cameras or SLRs? Do they have access to photo manipulation software like Adobe Photoshop? What will be the exit criteria for the class and what should be the final takeaways for all students? What is the planned duration of the course? How many hours a day or per week are you and the students willing to invest in the class?

Making the Syllabus

Once you have the answers to all of the above points, you can start creating a syllabus that will set uniform standards for all of your students to follow and stick to. Also, make sure that you include the goals and objectives along with field activities for each course deliverable. You can also add in performance indicators.

A recommended textbook or some good reference material will complete the syllabus.