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2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

COMM2811 Thinking Photographically: Developing Approaches to Photography

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr. Jason CabaƱes

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2015/16

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is designed to engage students with the principles of photographic practice, history and theory. It will enable them to interrogate the development of photographic practices in terms of aesthetic and stylistic traditions, key historical and technological characteristics and develop elements of visual critical analysis. Students will combine the study of photographic history and theoretical approaches with a developing focus on digital photographic techniques.


The key objectives of this module are to:

1. Broaden student knowledge of the history of photography.
2. Develop an understanding of its place within cultural discourses.
3. Develop strategies for reading photographic texts and the ability to offer critically and aesthetically informed critiques.
4. To further develop key skills in relation to the capture and postproduction of digital photographs.

Learning outcomes
The key knowledge outcomes are the ability to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of photographic history.
2. Contextualise and situate the photographic image.
3. Critically engage with photographic images using analytical strategies.
4. Demonstrate a developing knowledge of the principles of digital photography.
5. Produce and edit digital images to an intermediate level.

Skills outcomes
The key subject specific skills and outcomes are the ability to read and historically situate photographic images and produce and edit digital photographs. They will form the further basis of a body of skills required for subsequent photography modules. It will also develop an awareness of the links between practice, critical and historical study and encourage students to engage in reflective practice.


Indicative content includes:

- Critical Approaches to Photography
- Visual Methods and Photography
- Historical case studies
- Reading and writing about photographs
- Race and Gender
- Photography and research
- Museums, Institutions and discourse
- Amateur and professional practices

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours165.00
Total Contact hours35.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Throughout the course of this module students will be engaged in guided reading and
practice based exercises, leading to two summative pieces of work. A large proportion of this time will be spent developing practical skills, supported by workshop sessions.

Research / Reading 40 hours; Practice 75 hours; Editing 50 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be monitored via the formative and summative assessment process, receiving feedback at each stage. They will also be monitored via the tutorial and practical sessions as they develop their submissions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 - 2,500 words50.00
Portfolio5 Images50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 23/10/2015


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