2015/16 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
COMM2811 Thinking Photographically: Developing Approaches to Photography
20 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Dr. Jason Cabañes
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2015/16
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis 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.
ObjectivesThe 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.
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.
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
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||165.00|
|Total Contact hours||35.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyThroughout 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 FeedbackStudents 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 type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay||1 x 2,000 - 2,500 words||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 23/10/2015
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