Course Title: Research and apply information on the traditions that inform photo imaging practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: VART6270C

Course Title: Research and apply information on the traditions that inform photo imaging practice

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4312 - Certificate IV in Photo Imaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact Email:mcvet@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Robert Gale

Email: robert.gale@rmit.edu.au
 

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None

Course Description

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to collect, analyse and apply information on the broad traditions, which inform photographic practice. The unit provides underpinning skills and knowledge
development for all the photo imaging units. This work would usually be carried out independently with guidance where required.
 


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI402A Research and apply information on the traditions that inform photo imaging practice

Element:

Element 1 Research traditions which inform photoimaging

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify relevant sources of information on traditions to inform photo imaging practice
1.2 Identify and explore potential new and alternative sources which are relevant to own practice.
1.3 Use formal and informal research techniques appropriately to access information.
1.4 Organise research materials and findings for current and future use.
 

Element:

Element 2 Link research to photoimaging practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Critically evaluate information in the context of own photo imaging practice and the work of others
2.2 Assess ways in which different aspects of the traditions of photoimaging practice may be used, adapted and challenged within own photoimaging practice.
2.3 Develop positions in relation to the traditions of photoimaging practice to inform own current practice.

Element:

Element 3 Update and maintain knowledge of trends within own area(s) of photoimaging practice.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and use opportunities to update and expand knowledge of the traditions that inform photo imaging practice
3.2 Discuss application of knowledge of photo imaging traditions with appropriate people and incorporate feedback and ideas as required
3.3 Incorporate and integrate knowledge into own photo imaging practice

 


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. You will be able to research and analyse the work a diverse range of significant photographer and apply the relevant knowledge to your practice.


Details of Learning Activities

In class activities include, but are not limited to:

  • lectures
  • guest lecturers
  • peer teaching and class presentations
  • group discussion
  • online research
  • workshopping
  • independent project based work
  • teacher directed group activities/projects
  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Current relevant photographic exhibitions
  • Online tests


Teaching Schedule


Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources
 

WeekClass contentAssessment
1Lecture
•The beginnings of image making
•The beginnings of photography 1826 – 1950s
Lecture & discussion: Photographers of the late 1800’s - early 1900.

Briefing for Assignment 2
Task : Make a presentation about a photographer working between the late 1800’s - early 1900’s.


Purpose: To inform students about the begins and evolution of photography by their use of formal and informal research techniques and how that knowledge once acquire can inform their practice

Screening – William Fox -Talbot. British inventor and photography pioneer who invented the calotype process. Talbot was also a noted photographer who made major contributions to the development of photography as an artistic medium.

 
2

Presentation - Using the Libraries resources to research information

Lecture
•Photography’s transition from Pictorialist to the Realists.
•(Continued) The beginnings of photography 1826 – 1950s

Briefing for Assignment 1

Screening – The influence of Alfred Steiglitz on modern photography



 

3

Lecture

• Landscape in American and Australia Photographers Focus on both the influence of Adams and Western and on significant Australian photographers.

Screening – Landscape in America – Ansel Adams & Edward Western are 2 highly influential photographers

Review of Assignment 1 & 2 Progress

 
4

Lecture

• The impact of 35mm cameras on Photography – Robert Capa, Henry Cartier Bresson & the Magnum Photo Agency

• Presentation skills this session is the assist you in the build and presenting of your Assignment 1 Make a presentation about a photographer working between the late 1800’s – the 1950’s

Screening –The Life and work Robert Capa
Robert Capa is regarded as one of the greatest ever Photojournalist

Assignment 1: DUE
Online History test


5

Lecture/Discussion: Fashion & Portrait Photography
•Avedon’s predecessors, the magazines he worked for and his influence on others.

• Architectural & Industrial photography in Australia

Screenings:

– Australian Photographers Max Dupain Wolfgang Sievers, David Moore

– Richard Avedon Light & Darkness – As one of the great commercial photographer of the last century Richard Avedon was also very influential as a photographic artist.

 
6

Assignment 1 Presentations: Students to make oral/visual presentations

Assignment 2- DUE
7Assignment 1:Presentations: Students to make oral/visual presentationsAssignment 2- DUE
8Assignment 1 Presentations: Students to make oral/visual presentationsAssignment 2- DUE
9

Lecture
•Presentation featuring a significant photographers from 1950s to present day.

Briefing for Assignment 4
Task: students to make an oral/visual presentation about featuring significant photographers from 1950s to present day.

Purpose: Students to research current trend styles in photography across wide variety of generes by their use of formal and informal research techniques and how that knowledge once acquire can inform their practice.

Screening – The changing face of Fashion Photography
David La Chapell Discussion and tests

Discussion:The changing face of Fashion Photography



10

Briefing for Assignment 3

Screening: – Sally Mann 

Discussion: Photography of the child model

 

11

Lecture/Discussion: Iconic image makers and the development of photographic style

Screenings:
– Helmut Newton
– Annie Leibovitz

Students to work on their up coming presentations

Assignment 3: DUE
Online History test
12

Screening: – Bill Henson

Discussion: Photography of the adolescent model

Students to work in their groups on Assignment 3 presentation.

 
13Assignment 3 Presentations: Students to make oral/visual presentationsAssignment 4 - DUE
14Assignment 3 Presentations: Students to make oral/visual presentations Assignment 4 - DUE
15Assignment 3 Presentations: Students to make oral/visual presentationsAssignment 4 - DUE
16Assignment 3 Presentations: Students to make oral/visual presentationsAssignment 4 - DUE
   


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

None


References

Resources for this unit are many and varied; students are able to use the books videos and journal resources of the RMIT libraries. You are also advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.


Other Resources

Personal Hard Drive 250 - 500gGb


Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include presenting your research findings and their application to your own work in both oral and written form .

 


Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following assessment to a satisfactory standard.
You will receive feedback on all assessment and where indicated, you will receive a grade. Graded assessment tasks are equally weighted and will determine your final result for this course.

For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

 

Assignment 1 (UNGRADED) -  Online History test - DUE Week 4  (Week beginning March 2)

Assignment 2 (GRADED) - In groups of 3, research the life and work of a photographer working between 1820s and 1950s. As a group you will give a six minute presentation on your findings, using a minimum of 20 images to accompany your presentation. Each student must speak for two minutes and must include a reflection on how the research has informed their own practice. Each student must submit a written summary of the group presentation (minimum of 800 words). The summary can be be prepared by the group but each individual’s submission must include their own reflection on how the research has informed their own practice.  Presentations will be given during class over 3 weeks.
DUE Week 6-8 (Weeks beginning March 16 to March 30th)

Assignment 3 (UNGRADED) - Online History test - DUE Week 11 (Week beginning April 27)

Assignment 4 (GRADED) -  In groups of 3, research the life and work of a photographer working between the 1950’s to present day. As a group you will give a six minute presentation on your findings, using a minimum of 20 images to accompany your presentation. Each student must speak for two minutes and must include a reflection on how the research has informed their own practice. Each student must submit a written summary of the group presentation (minimum of 800 words). The summary can be be prepared by the group but each individual’s submission must include their own reflection on how the research has informed their own practice.
DUE Week 13-16 (Weeks beginning May 11 to June 1)

Graded assessment in this course uses the following grades:

CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competent Achieved - Grade
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment


Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration.

Other Information

Please refer to the RMIT student page for extensive information about study support, assessment, extensions, appeals and a range of other matters: rmit.edu.au/students

Attendance
The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process through which people can gain entry to, or credit in, recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, in voluntary work, in social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training or other life experiences. Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) applies if a student has previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and is now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competency has been maintained.

Assessment and Feedback
You will receive verbal feedback during scheduled class times, and written feedback from teachers on your work . Where appropriate, this feedback will also include suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects.

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential.

Special consideration for Late Submission
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. You can apply in writing for up to a week’s extension from your course teacher. If you need a longer extension, you wil need to apply for special consideration.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity.

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