ART06082 2019 Digital Lens Based Media One Intro Photography Film and Digital

General Details

Full Title
Digital Lens Based Media One Intro Photography Film and Digital
Transcript Title
Digital Lens Based Media One
80 %
Subject Area
ART - Art
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Ronnie Hughes, Tom Weir, Emmet O'Doherty, Roisin Loughrey, Vanya Lambrecht, Hilary Gilligan
Programme Membership
SG_AARTT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art SG_AARTT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art

This module will provide an basic introduction to the creative potential, within a fine art context, of digital and lens based media,live art and installation.

The focus of this module will be acquisition of basic technical skills in photography .

Learners will receive an introduction to both fim and digital hardware and processes.

Introduction to cameras both film, digital still,and the institutions resources in this area

Introduction to black and white darkroom film processing and printing.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Identify College resources including online journals, printing and effective search techniques


Understand good workshop practice.


Understand the basic operations of a camera including use as a research and documentation tool.


Demonstrate ability to participate in group work and external field projects.


Demonstrate knowledge of basic darkroom ,film and photographic image processing

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Workshop, lecture, demonstration, tutorial, seminar, problem based learning, group/collaborative learning, the learners own class presentations,cultural trip, site visits, field trips , the Fine Art visiting artists programme and other relevant college opportunities..


Module Assessment Strategies

Attendance at the module, class participation and carrying out the coursework tasks. Practical work will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and there will be a  mid semester review. Assessment will take place at the end of the semester.

At this point each of the learning outcomes are considered in relation to the art works presented and in relation to the supporting portfolio (which should include support studies, accompanying documentation, visual journals and /or relevant texts). 

Assessment presentation takes the form of the presentation of a body of work which demonstrates: research and development, observational, analytical, technical, creative and imaginative skills /processes and the achievement of learning outcomes.


Repeat Assessments

Students will be given repeat project briefs which will be issued at the end of the academic stage and submitted in the autumn.

Indicative Syllabus

Learners will receive a basic introduction to the creative potential, within a fine art context, of digital and lens based media, live art and installation.

An introduction to of some digital hardware and software.

Acquiring technical skills with cameras both film, digital still, audio, video, darkroom and the institutions resources in this area

Guidelines on equipment purchase.

Introduction to the Institutes resources from library to equipment and researching online.

Introduction to safe work practices in the darkroom/computer lab and on photo shoots and other field work.

Use the basic functions of a camera, including aperture, shutter speed and focus.

Use of a camera as a research and documentation tool in daily studio practice.

Integration Digital Lens Based Media with other modules and media.

An introduction to black & white film processing and printing.

Class field trips and group work will explore collaboration and relationship to the environment.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation of a body of work Practical Assessment 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Studio Camera work 3 Fortnightly 1.50
Cultural Trip Offsite Photo shoot and cultural site visit 4.5 Once Per Module 0.30
Workshop Dark room Processing and Printing 1 Twice Per Semester 0.13
Lecture Lecture Theatre Intro to Digital Lens Based Media/Live Art and Installation 1 Weekly 1.00
Group Learning Black Box Photo shoot 4 Twice Per Semester 0.53
Site Visit Offsite Art production off campus 4 Twice Per Semester 0.53
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-11-14 The Photographer's Handbook Ilex Press
ISBN 1781574901 ISBN-13 9781781574904

To take photos you need to get your settings right. To take good photos you need to understand how your camera works. To take great photos, you need to think about what you're shooting. This book will show you how to master all three. Divided into three definitive sections; Technology & Hardware, Shooting Skills and Subjects & Style, professional photographer Michael Freeman explores these topics to show you how to be your best photographer. Illustrated with a combination of Freeman's photography and that of some of the most well-known photographers in the history of the art, and presented as a luscious flex-bind with foil cover, this is the ultimate photographer's handbook.

Required Reading
2015-10-16 Darkroom Dynamics CRC Press
ISBN 9781317371175 ISBN-13 1317371178

Back in print 35 years after it was first published, Jim Stones classic darkroom manual provides step-by-step instructions for alternative creative darkroom techniques for experimental and manipulated photography. Each technique, presented by a photographer who is an expert in its application, includes how-to illustrations and reproductions of the photographers work. Perfect for students of darkroom photography, including those interested in experimental photography and alternative processing.

Required Reading
1981 Camera Lucida. Macmillan. millan ISBN 0374521344 Harvard Style Barthes,Macmillan. millan

Required Reading
2008 Surrealist Photography
ISBN 0500410925 ISBN-13 9780500410929

Introduces surrealist photography, its key contributors, and most significant works through an essay that examines surrealism as an art movement and reproductions by artists such as Max Ernst, Dora Maar, and Lee Miller.

Required Reading
2018-09-27 Cameraless Photography Photography Library
ISBN 0500480362 ISBN-13 9780500480366

Cameraless Photography presents a concise historical overview of photographic images created independently of a camera. It surveys the corresponding techniques--including photograms, chemigrams, luminograms, dye destruction prints, and more--used to create those images. The book features one hundred key images from more than one hundred and seventy years of history, ranging from the earliest experiments in chemical photography, such as those by Anna Atkins in the nineteenth century, through seminal avant-garde photograms of modernists such as Man Ray in the 1920s and 1930s to the latest digital processes by Susan Derges.Visually compelling, Cameraless Photography is an outstanding introduction to the significant cameraless processes used throughout the history of photography and the cameraless work of some of photography's greatest names.

Required Reading
2014 The Photograph as Contemporary Art
ISBN 0500204187 ISBN-13 9780500204184

Essential reading for anyone who wishes to make sense of the complex . . . world of contemporary art photography. Picture Professional

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Cotton,Charlotte, (2004) The Photograph As Contemporary Art ,Thames and Hudson, world of art.

 Freeman, Michael , (2007) The Photographers Eye, ILEX.

Harman,Doug (2012) The Digital Photography Handbook, Quercus.

Hedg ecoe,John, (2008) The New Manual of Photography , Dorling Kingsley.

Kelby, Scott (2008) CS4 for Digital Photographers, New Riders.  

Journal Resources

Visual Artists Ireland

URL Resources

Other Resources

Off site visits, audio visual shoots and cultural trips will introduce and network learners with Local National and International  Artists, Entrepreneurs, Curators ,Managers ,Administrators, Technicians, Contemporary Practice, Professional Practice ,Industries , Institutions, Organisations, Communities, Cooperatives, Collectives, Relevant Facilities/Technology, Exhibiting Galleries /Museums /relevant spaces, funding ,marketing ,future opportunities and career paths.

Additional Information

Learners need a device to take photographs on,even a smart phone.

Ideally they have access to a  manual camera/ a Digital SLR or an old Film 35mm SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera.

Throughout the semester learners are guided in purchasing camera equipment that will be needed as they go through the programme and future DLBM modules.