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Visual Arts 3: Digital Photography Syllabus (2023)
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Niswonger Online Course Syllabus

Visual Arts 3: Digital Photography

Course Description

In this course, you will learn to take artistic digital photos. You will learn to analyze photos and discuss if they fulfill criteria to be seen as art.  You will become familiar with the elements and theories of artistic expression. The rules of composition, light, exposure, colors, etc. will be reflected and learned. You will develop the competence to alter your digital photos with programs such as Photoshop Elements and you will be able to change the expression of your photos, combine different shots, while creating personal pieces of art.


If you have course related questions such as questions about due dates, assignment directions, lesson material, etc. please contact your instructor immediately via Canvas message (if courses have started) or via direct email (if courses have not started). Your instructor's email and name can be found after logging in by clicking on Course Information or can be found on the homepage of your course after classes begin.

After courses begin, all communications between instructor and student should happen from Canvas Messaging.

If you need technical assistance at any time during the course or to report a problem with your account please visit to submit a trouble ticket or contact:

Mr. Chris Dotson

Technology Support Lead, Niswonger Online & APAA

You can also visit this page for answers to frequently asked questions: 

For other concerns that have not been addressed by your teacher or by our Technology Support Team contact:

Dr. Gina Pavlovich                                                           Mrs. Jill Davis

Director AP Access for ALL & Niswonger Online            Assistant Director, Niswonger Online                    

 **ONLY your school Counselor or local Administrator can request a course change or    drop. No one within the APAA program can approve this.**

Course Outline

After completing this course, you will be able to:

Camera type

You will need a digital camera with at least 6 megapixels capability.  It is best to have either a point and shoot or DSLR camera.

Cell phone cameras are great if they have good megapixels and quality.  

Grading Policy

Every attempt will be made to give the assignments, lessons, and projects clear directions. Project objectives will be posted for each assignment. They should be referenced and your goal is to work towards the achievement of the objectives. They will be used to evaluate and grade your work. Creativity is always encouraged!! If you are not sure about something or have an alternative idea, simply ask.

Your participation in discussions with your classmates is very important. In each module I have included assignments with the work “OR” please choose only one of the assignment options. Try new things, open your creative mind, enjoy yourself and work hard! I will notice your effort and it will be part of your grade.

Each assignment, Project and Final is worth 100 points

Assignment Type


Percent of total grade




Final Artist Study assignments


  Niswonger Online Late Work Policy (updated July 2023)

At Niswonger Online, we understand the importance of meeting deadlines and developing strong time management skills. To maintain consistency and encourage timely submissions, we have established a firm late work policy. Please click the link to review this policy: Late Work Policy

Viewing Grades and Feedback in Canvas

Points you receive for graded activities will be posted to your Canvas Grade Book. Click on the Grades link on the left navigation to view your grades and feedback.

Your teacher will update the online grades each time a due date has passed. Check back for updated grades and feedback 3-4 days after submission.

It is also important to read or view all feedback given by your teacher. This is how a student will grow within the course. Feedback can be viewed from your Canvas gradebook by clicking on the small icon- out from your numerical grade.


Course Policies

Commit to Integrity

As a student in this course, you are expected to maintain high degrees of professionalism and integrity.

Cheating is “the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for academic work through the use of any dishonest, deceptive, or fraudulent means.”

Plagiarism is “the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own.”

Niswonger Online Plagiarism Policy      

All students will be asked to read the Niswonger Online plagiarism policy and complete an assignment to show understanding BEFORE any work in the course can be accessed or completed. The plagiarism policy and corresponding assignment is linked in the second module, labeled Academic Integrity, within each course.

Go to  to view the plagiarism policy without logging into the course.

Build Rapport

If you find that you have any trouble keeping up with assignments or other aspects of the course, make sure you let your teacher know as early as possible. As you will find, building rapport and effective relationships are key to becoming an effective professional. Make sure that you are proactive in informing your teacher when difficulties arise during the semester so that we can help you find a solution.

Submitting Assignments

All assignments for this course will be submitted electronically through Canvas unless otherwise instructed. If you have any trouble submitting your assignment in Canvas you should contact your teacher or the Niswonger Online Technology team immediately.

Course Enrollment and Drops

Students can only be enrolled in a Niswonger Online course by their home high school’s counselor or administrator.

Course drops can only be approved by school personnel (counselor or administrator). Online teachers, the Niswonger Online director, or Niswonger Online Assistant Director cannot approve any course changes. Each school has its own policy on when a student may drop their online course. Please see your school counselor or administrator if you have any questions about this.