This advanced course of study is designed to expand the students’ knowledge and skills in photography through a variety of in-depth approaches. Students will not only further explore the functions of the 35mm camera, but will also use digital cameras, image-editing software, professional studio lighting, and alternative printing processes. The course requires a high degree of cognitive activity that is both intellectual and emotional. Students will develop the power to express themselves in terms of their identity and their relationship to the world around them. Photography II students are expected to take responsibility for their learning through acquisition of effective working practices. Students will begin the course with structured assignments that will introduce them to a variety of media and techniques related to photography and image making. As the student becomes more technically proficient and focused on an artistic vision, they are expected to generate their own ideas, process, and solutions. The goals of the course are to explore and critically respond to the aesthetic qualities of photography, the relationship between form and function along with the social and cultural meanings of photography. By the end of the year, students will have built a mature body of work that clearly defines a personal vision and demonstrates a technical command and appropriate use of materials.