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11394 Photography in Architecture PG

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Architecture
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject further develops students' understanding of photography's historic, aesthetic, technical, practical and contemporary role in architecture. Through lectures, workshops and assignments, the key aspects of photographing architecture are addressed, practised and appreciated, providing students with a thorough understanding of architectural photography.

Objectives for students include: reaching a thorough understanding and practice of the technical and methodological requirements of photographing architecture; appreciating the historic and cultural relevance of photography to architecture; and exploring and developing a personal photographic vision and methodology, and applying it to a relevant project.

The subject aims to provide students with the necessary photographic acumen to confidently design and produce photographs of architecture, and understand and appreciate the relevance of photography as both an art form and in terms of its applied contextual place in architectural practice. An understanding of basic camera controls and photographic language is presumed.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of the significance that photography and photographic imaging has to the practice of architecture.
2. Demonstrate how to illustrate the key elements (site, design, materials, light) of architecture through the medium of photography.
3. Identify and display the key historical signifiers of architectural photography and their relationship to art, design and architectural movements and concepts.
4. Identify and display photographic techniques concerning composition, perspective control, camera craft and digital production processes.
5. Demonstrate an appreciation and ability to communicate using the terminology and syntax peculiar to the visual language of photography.
6. Apply critical analytical skills to the production of photographic images.

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

This subject also contributes to the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Communicate ideas professionally and effectively through a variety of mediums: oral, written, visual, physical and digital (C.2)
  • Produce inspirational responses that demonstrate the successful integration of sub-disciplinary areas of knowledge: history, theory, tectonics and/or practice (I.1)
  • Understand and challenge disciplinary conventions through an engagement with emergent forms of architectural practice, technologies and modes of production (P.1)
  • Position work within an extended and critically reasoned context through the identification, evaluation and application of relevant academic references and architectural case studies (R.1)
  • Define, develop and apply an appropriate design method in the execution of an architectural project (R.2)
  • Independently analyse, synthesise and formulate complex ideas, arguments and rationales and use initiative to explore alternatives (R.3)

Teaching and learning strategies

The subject will be delivered through formal lectures, practical demonstrations, group-based workshops and tutorials. These sessions will equip each students with the abiltiy to undertake a self-directed project that satisfies the subject's remit.

Content (topics)

- Overview of photographic technicalities
- Location demonstration of commercial architectural photography production
- Understanding the practical role of photography in contemporary architectural practice
- Practical assignments to develop student understanding of architectural photography concepts and production
- Researching the historic and conceptual framework of architectural photography
- Development of a personal photographic vision and methodology

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Historic and Conceptual Frameworks

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

3, 5 and 6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

C.2, P.1 and R.3

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 20%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Comprehension and distillation of the key aspects of selected historic period 50 3 R.3
Ability to effectively write and illustrate the research 25 5 C.2
Ability to effectively present the research 25 6 P.1
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Photographic Building Study

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

2, 4, 5 and 6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

.3, .3, P.1 and R.2

Type: Presentation
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Comprehension and execution of the principal considerations when photographing architecture 25 2 P.1
Comprehension of elemental photographic sensibilities 25 5 .3
Application of basic photographic production technicalities to the assessment task 25 4 .3
Developing a considered and thorough research methodology to photographic output 25 6 R.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 3: Photographic Portfolio

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

1, 4, 5 and 6

This task also addresses the following course intended learning outcomes that are linked with a code to indicate one of the five CAPRI graduate attribute categories (e.g. C.1, A.3, P.4, etc.):

.3, I.1, R.1 and R.2

Type: Portfolio
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 40%
Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Comprehension and execution of the photographic concepts in relation to architecture 25 1 R.1
Application of basic photographic production technicalities to the assessment task 25 4 .3
Comprehension of elemental photographic sensibilities 25 5 I.1
Developing a considered and thorough research methodology to photographic output 25 6 R.2
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Recommended texts

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