I. Course Prefix/Number: GRD 254
Course Name: Photography Practicum
Credits: 3 (0 lecture; 15 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Workplace experience in the photography field acquired by working for a company that does work in photography. The student’s job will be appropriate to his or her skills. Student meets with instructor to provide detailed reports of the work experience.
IV. Learning Objectives
- To develop personal career goals and strategies.
- To develop effective strategies for seeking employment in the field of photography.
- To demonstrate successful work habits appropriate to the photographic industry.
- To demonstrate competency by achieving the responsibilities required for the job placement.
- To demonstrate new skills acquired from the job placement.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
- Individual work plan
- Educational objectives
- Assessment of skills
- Career goals
- Work Place
- Organizational charts
- Responsibilities and goals
- Job descriptions
- Procedure manuals
- Office resources
- Communication skills
- Working with individuals below and above your level of organization
- Developing team goals
- Conflict resolution
- Decision making
- Occupational skills
- Get done attitude
- Craftsmanship and detail orientated abilities
- Skills specific to your job
- Photography Project
- Determining the needs of your client
- Drafting a proposal
- Approval of project topic and objectives
- Understanding the production flow and how it affects your project
- Review of project
- Knowledge of skills gained
- Application to career goals
- Finding a job
- Job descriptions
- Sources for employment
- Professional organizations
- Evaluation of job experience
- New skills acquired
- Professional goals
VII. Methods of Instruction
In addition to time spent in the workplace, students will meet in an instructional setting to analyze and evaluate the work experience and its relationship to the educational goals of the program.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Course may be taught as a face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
- Work 15 hours per week in a photography environment
- Attend at least 8 one hour meetings with instructor during the semester
- Design and produce a resume
- Discuss workplace experience with instructor.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
- Evaluation by supervisor on the job
- Quality of job resume
- Demonstration of job skills through portfolio
XI. Other Course Information
While Oakton Community College will make every effort to obtain employment for the student, it is the ultimate responsibility of the student to obtain employment. The student must obtain work before registering for this class. A student can register for this class at any time during the semester.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.