Course Title: Photography

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: VART5760

Course ID: 037556

Course Title: Photography

School: 340T Art

Program Code: C5048 - Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)

Course Contact : Kellyann Geurts

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact Email: kellyann.geurts@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 48

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

OHTH5322C Follow health, safety and security procedures

Course Description

This course provides participants with a theoretical and practical introduction to photography. The course serves as a foundation for:
• exploration of possible approaches to photography
• advanced skills in the application of photographic and imaging practices.

Students will extend the basic knowledge gained about camera and printing methods by the production of digital prints. More emphasis is placed on the development of the student’s ideas and concepts, and how these may be applied to the photography process.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBS643 Photography


Learning Outcomes


1. Implement the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies and procedures appropriate to a range of photographic and imaging processes and practices
2. Explain the basic technical considerations associated with camera operation and image formation
3. Explain the uses of a range of photographic materials and techniques used in the production of photographic images
4. Produce images using appropriate photographic processes and procedures
5. Produce photographic images as representations of objects, situations, and concepts
6. Discuss the representational nature of photography on various levels: as cultural and personal expression, as technology, as documentation, and as design


Overview of Learning Activities


Details of Learning Activities

TUTORIALS : Student’s folio work will be discussed and they will be guided through individual and group tutorials. Students are required to participate in tutorials as they are a valuable part of the development of artistic practice.
WORKSHOPS : Workshops will be conducted throughout the semester and will cover use of all equipment in the Digital Lab.
EXCURSIONS : Excursions will be conducted to Prism Digital Bureau for final fine printing of projects.

Students will be guided through their folio development both practically through the use of equipment and also conceptually with the development of  ideas.

They will be required to develop a thematic project using research which will result in prints made in the Digital Studio and also in photo labs outside of RMIT. 

All students will be required to complete 2 Projects, compile a Photo File and a Visual Diary.

During the semester they will be introduced to different styles and approaches to photography through the work of a selection of artists working with photography.

It is essential that students start to learn how to incorporate theory and research into the development of their folio.


Teaching Schedule

Week 1     ORIENTATION WEEK
Week 2    Mon  Feb 19
Tues Feb 20              
INTRODUCTION
Week 3 Mon  Feb 26
Tues Mar 27
PROJECT 1
Week 4    Mon  Mar 5
Tues Mar 6
PROJECT 1
Week 5    Mon  Mar 12 - Public Holiday      
Tues Mar 13
PROJECT 1
Week 6Mon  Mar19                                   
Tues Mar 20
PROJECT 1
Week 7    Mon  Mar 26
Tues Mar 27
EXCURSION TO PRISM DIGITAL BUREAU
Week 8Mon  Apr 2
Tues Apr 3
PROJECT 1 FINISHED
       

EASTER HOLIDAY – NO CLASS
 Week 9 Mon Apr 16                                      
Tues Apr 17              
PROJECT 2
 Week 10 Mon Apr 23                      
Tues Apr 24
PROJECT 2   
 Week 11         
 Mon Apr 30
Tues May 1
PROJECT 2
 Week 12
 Mon May 7
Tues May 8
PROJECT 2
 Week 13
 Mon May 14
Tues May15      
PROJECT 2
 Week 14
 Mon May 21
Tues May 22
PROJECT 2
 Week 15
 Mon May 28
Tues May 29
 PROJECT 2
 Week 16
 Mon June 4
Tues June 5
Project 2 Finished - Last Class
 
 Week 17
 Mon  Jun 11
Tues Jun 12
Public Holiday
Project 2 Finished - Last Class
 Week 18
 FOLIO ENRICHMENT WEEK
 

Overview of Learning Resources


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Cotton, Charlotte. The Photograph As Contemporary Art, Thames and Hudson, 2004.


References

Langford, Michael Basic Photography,Oxford Focal Press, 2000.
Janus, Elizabeth (ED) Veronica’s Revenge Contemporary Perspectives on Photography LAC Switzerland,1998
Newhall, Beaumont The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present Day, Doubleday,1964
Sontag, Susan On Photography, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989


Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

Folio presentation marked by a panel, with written response.


Assessment Tasks

 Folio prints need to be resolved works that are backed up by research and support prints (Photo File) and shows your progression through ideas  (Visual Diary).

The Photography folio will include  work from the Two Projects, the Photo File and Visual Diary. 

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