Digital Photography 1 (6, 7, 8): Photography courses engage students in a sequential learning process applying digital photographic media, techniques, and processes. This course focuses on understanding the applicable use of photographic technology, and development of photographic compositions through manipulation of the elements of art and principles of design. Students learn to make meaningful visual statements with an emphasis on personal creative expression to communicate ideas, feelings, or values. This history of photography, historic movements, image manipulation, critical analysis, and some creative special effects may also be included in this course. Students engage in critiques of their photographic images, the works of other students, and those by professional photographers. This course is available through the magnet program at Gordon Parks Academy: STEM Leaders in Applied and Media Arts