Applied Graphic Communication Camera Requirement
For Spring term freshman year – for Photo Design I– all AGC students are required to have a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera with full manual control of aperture, shutter speed, depth of field and focus functions. Like your computer, you will use this camera throughout your college career and beyond if you take care of it.
A DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) is a digital camera that has interchangeable lenses and full manual control of aperture, shutter speed, depth of field and focus functions. The required DSLR camera should meet the following criteria:
- Full manual control of aperture, shutter speed, focus and flash
- Minimum of 18-24 megapixels
- Maximum ISO at least 1600, preferably 3200 or 6400
- Capability for interchangeable lenses
- Manual and Automatic exposure controls and focus
- Video capability
- Instruction manual
Required Camera Accessories
- Photo tripod (about $20)
- Memory card 16 Gb (SDHC)
- Skylight or UV filter for your lens – Make sure to get this. It is clear but will protect your lens from scratches or damage. The mm size of the filter must match the lens so that it fits on and covers the area of view.
Please note that technical support is not provided on campus but in the event of an equipment malfunction.
Estimated Cost of Recommended Cameras
Estimated Cost Range: $399+
The estimated retail expenses for DSLR cameras start at approximately $399. Most retailers will offer extended service contracts and/or drop-damage agreements for an extra cost. Tripods start around $20. Any additional lenses such as wide angle or macro are not required, but have additional lenses provide greater versatility and flexibility, expanding the student's ability to record a wider range of photographic images.
Nikon and Canon are the two most popular brands of DSLRs. There are several brands which will have similar features and prices, but we would recommend shopping around. Big box retailers often have camera bundles which include a body and two lenses. One lens is sufficient, but if you plan on buying two lenses it is more economical to buy them this way.
You should buy the best you can afford with your budget. If you are not buying new, you can buy used, borrow one from a friend or family member and if needed you could share one with a classmate.
Rationale for Camera Requirement
All students matriculated in the Applied Graphic Communication program are required to take at least one first-year photography course (CODE1100 Photo Design 1) in order to meet graduation requirements. In subsequent courses students will use their cameras and skills learned in Photo Design 1 to conduct design reach, complete projects with original photography and document their design work for portfolios.