University of Technology Sydney

88805 Introduction to Photography

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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building: Design
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

Description

This subject covers the basic principles of camera functions and digital photography. Students explore the design elements of images, creative and innovative approaches to conceiving photographs, and ways of developing visual awareness. Digital cameras are used to document the world, build a visual archive and communicate observations and ideas.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

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

C-2. Demonstrate a capacity to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of ways including oral, written and visual
C-3. Demonstrate a capacity to engage in, and contribute to, studio discussion
I-1. Demonstrate a capacity to develop innovative approaches
I-3. Demonstrate a capacity to initiate and execute meaningful self-directed iterative processes
P-3. Demonstrate a capacity to develop technical skills in photography
R-4. Demonstrate knowledge of photographic history and theory and to place creative practice within a contextual framework
R-5. Demonstrate a capacity to reflect and engage in self-critique and critical thinking

Course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

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

  • Ability to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of ways, including oral, written and visual (C.2)
  • Ability to engage in and contribute to studio discussion (C.3)
  • Ability to develop innovative approaches (I.1)
  • Ability to initiate and execute meaningful self-directed iterative processes (I.3)
  • Ability to develop technical skills in photography and situated media (P.3)
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of photographic history and theory and to place creative practice within a contextual framework (R.4)
  • Ability to reflect and engage in self-critique and critical thinking (R.5)

Teaching and learning strategies

Semester long subject, delivered through weekly tutorials, studio classes, computer laboratories, group discussion and portfolio presentations.

Content (topics)

- Observation and documentation
- Digital camera functions and basic postproduction skills
- Explorative use of the visual elements of photographs
- Building a portfolio of photographs
- Personal portfolio presentations
- Reflective and analytical writing

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Landscape 

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

C-2, C-3, I-1, I-3, P-3 and R-4

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, C.3, I.1, I.3, P.3 and R.4

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 45%
Criteria:

- Level of inventive and explorative approaches to comparative landscapes
- Appropriate levels of technical skills and effective use of lighting
- Demonstrated ability to respond to task through research (as evident in research submitted)
- Effective presentation skills (visual and oral)
- Level of engagement in, and contribution to, class discussions (as evident in attendance and involvement)
- Consistent production of work (as evident in image files submitted and documentation of process)

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Level of inventive and explorative approaches to comparative landscapes 17 I-1 I.1
Appropriate levels of technical skills and effective use of lighting 17 P-3 P.3
Demonstrated ability to respond to task through research 17 R-4 R.4
Effective presentation skills 17 C-2 C.2
Level of engagement in, and contribution to, class discussions 17 C-3 C.3
Consistent production of work 15 I-3 I.3
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

Assessment task 2: Portraiture

Objective(s):

This task addresses the following subject learning objectives:

C-2, C-3, I-1, I-3, P-3, R-4 and R-5

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, C.3, I.1, I.3, P.3, R.4 and R.5

Type: Project
Groupwork: Individual
Weight: 55%
Criteria:

- Level of innovative and explorative approaches to comparative portraits
- Appropriate levels of technical skills
- Effective use of lighting
- Demonstrated ability to respond to task through research (as evident in research submitted)
- Evidence of reflection and engagement in self-critique and critical thinking (as evident in submitted written reflection)
- Effective presentation skills (visual, oral & written)
- Level of engagement in, and contribution to, class discussions (as evident in attendance and involvement)
- Consistent production of work (as evident in image files submitted and documentation of process)

Criteria linkages:
Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
Level of inventive and explorative approaches to comparative portraits 16 I-1 I.1
Appropriate levels of technical skills and effective use of lighting 14 P-3 P.3
Demonstrated ability to respond to task through research 14 R-4 R.4
Effective presentation skills 14 C-2 C.2
Level of engagement in, and contribution to, class discussions 14 C-3 C.3
Consistent production of work 14 I-3 I.3
Evidence of reflection and engagement in self-critique and critical thinking 14 R-5 R.5
SLOs: subject learning objectives
CILOs: course intended learning outcomes

References

Badger, Gerry, The Genius of Photography: How Photography Changed Our Lives, London: Quadrille, 2014
Bate, David, Photography: The Key Concepts, Oxford & New York: Berg, 2009
Cotton, Charlotte, The Photograph as Contemporary Art, London: Thames and Hudson 2nd ed. 2009
Diprose, Graham; Robins, Jeff, Photography - The New Basics : Principles, Techniques & Practice, London : Thames & Hudson, 2012
Dyer, Geoff, The Ongoing Moment, New York: Vintage Books, 2007
Edwards, Steve, Photography: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press , 2006
Gronert, Stefan, The Dusseldorf School, London: Thames and Hudson , 2009
Marien, Mary Warner, Photography: A Cultural History, London: Laurence King 3rd ed., 2010