60 credits at level HE7
Description and Purpose of Module
The module will,
Explore the history, culture and contemporary practice of photojournalism, travel
and documentary photography. Establishing a context within which to read historic
images, and within which to produce effective contemporary images.
In relation to contemporary practice develop appropriate photographic, computer,
research and study skills for the course
Consider and discuss contemporary visual representation theories.
Examine the role of the photographer in relation to the photograph.
Discuss the relationship between culture and photography.
Consider the nature and context of photojournalism, documentary and travel
photography and its perception by society.
Develop and enhance personal creativity in the students own work.
Develop experience in working remotely/electronically and as part of a team.
Exploring issues of context and recontextualisation
Indicative Syllabus Content
Students will study the mechanisms and key issues employed historically and in
contemporary photojournalism, documentary and travel photography. This leads into a
discussion of practical, computer, theoretical and research skills needed to complete
the course including presenting and writing at post graduate level. This section will also
include consideration of workflow (an individually developed system of taking the
picture, digitising it, captioning it, and filing it), photoshop, web design, proposal process
for pitching story ideas to agents/publications. Working to a brief set by a
commissioning agency. Effective use of equipment, software and materials and
sending the work electronically. Working with the client. These skills are developed
throughout the module both in discussion and through regular practical short
In conjunction with the above students will study and discuss eight key research
questions relating to,
Chains of Understanding
Citizen Journalist, Participatory Photographer, Video Journalist
The Burden of Photographic History: Photographic Geo Ethics and Otherness
The Place of the Single Image in Contemporary Photojournalism
Photographic Culture & Fairly Traded Photography
Learning, Teaching and Assessment
There will be eight single day sessions (64 hours) and one 12 day session (96 hours)
involving lectures, workshops, presentations, practical assignments, group critiques,
visits to outside agencies, and seminars. Students have the option of attending the
single day sessions remotely by listening to recorded lectures, viewing video tutorials
and attending online webinars. Independent study time will be equivalent to 368 hours
and self directed practical work will be equivalent to 64 hours. Weekly assignments
during the first eight weeks are posted to a photo blog and discussed through a text
string. This module will be assessed summatively at the end of the term. Assessment
will take the form of a seminar presentation, an online record of completed practical
assignments plus a written essay supporting the assignments. A journal recording
student participation in online discussions will support the practical outcomes, and will
be assessed alongside the practical presentation, but will carry a separate mark as
shown in section 10. To aid assessment and ensure students have a genuine grasp of
the subjects they write about a face to face or video conference discussion may take
place at the end of the term. This discussion itself does not form part of the
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Demonstrate appropriate photographic, virtual learning, workflow, research and study skills for post graduate study||Completed a personal development plan created in negotiation with your tutor at the beginning of the course.|
|2.||Consider and discuss contemporary visual representation theories, the role of the photographer’s culture in image composition and the relationship of history and cultures to the image.||Write an essay and present a seminar on these issues in relation to the research questions from the module.|
|3.||Develop and enhance an understanding of the variety of editorial photographic styles and demands||Engage in a series of short assignments followed by online discussion related to the relevant research issue and group critiques|
|4.||Develop experience in working remotely/electronically as part of a team||
4. Develop experience in working remotely/electronically as part of a team 4. Engage with the virtual learning environment, develop a personal website, submit and discuss work with the student group online and communicate on a regular basis with your tutor.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
|Host Subject Group:||Art and Design|
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