ART06103 2019 Digital Lens Based Media 3 - Photography

General Details

Full Title
Digital Lens Based Media 3 - Photography
Transcript Title
Digital Lens Based Media 3 - P
75 %
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
Hilary Gilligan, Ronnie Hughes, Tom Weir, Roisin Loughrey
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 focus on photography from the practical aspects of making single images to the realisation of full photographic projects.  Students will be introduced to the work of practitioners, both historical and current, with a view to their critical and creative contexts.  The project briefs will encourage students to develop projects responding to both directed and open briefs.



Learning Outcomes

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


Produce photographs that express intended meanings and concepts.


Produce photographic projects which form a coherent whole.


Demonstrate stronger photographic skills and forms of image manipulation.


Integrate photography into their wider practice and research.


Deliver critical response to own work and that of others, both written and in class.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Workshop, lecture, tutorial, seminar, problem based learning, group learning, cultural trip, site visit, field trip.

Module Assessment Strategies

Attendance at the module, class participation and carrying out the coursework tasks

Continuous assessment.

Mid-term review.

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

Project Brief

Indicative Syllabus

Overview of various camera technologies, film and digital, sensor sizes, camera choice.

Exploration of exposure, lens choice, aperture, shutter speed, ISO.

Post-production on images, digital asset management, image editing.

Looking at outputs, from screen to the print, paper stocks, resolution, post production techniques for output.

Introduction to the photobook, history and methods of production.

Introduction to book design.

Reading briefs, responses and critical feedback to concept development and final deliveries.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 End of Module Assessment Final Exam Assessment 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Computer Laboratory Video /Audio/Image editing 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
1981 Camera Lucida Macmillan
ISBN 0374521344 ISBN-13 9780374521349

"Examining the themes of presence and absence, the relationship between photography and theatre, history and death, these 'reflections on photography' begin as an investigation into the nature of photographs. Then, as Barthes contemplates a photograph of his mother as a child, the book becomes an exposition of his own mind."--Alibris.

Required Reading
2008-08-07 The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Penguin UK
ISBN 9780141963426 ISBN-13 0141963425

One of the most important works of cultural theory ever written, Walter Benjamin's groundbreaking essay explores how the age of mass media means audiences can listen to or see a work of art repeatedly and what the troubling social and political implications of this are. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

Required Reading
1978-09-15 On photography Delta
ISBN 0385287577 ISBN-13 9780385287579

Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism (1977), this is "a brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking of the world and ourselves over the lost 140 years."-Washington Post BOOK WORLD

Required Reading
2009-08-15 Photography Berg
ISBN 9781845206673 ISBN-13 1845206673

Photography: The Key Concepts provides an ideal guide to the place of photography in our society and to the extraordinary range of photographic genres.

Required Reading
1972 Ways of Seeing Peter Smith Pub Incorporated
ISBN 0844661759 ISBN-13 9780844661759

"Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. "But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but word can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled." John Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the (London) Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures." By now he has. "Berger has the ability to cut right through the mystification of the professional art critics . . . He is a liberator of images: and once we have allowed the paintings to work on us directly, we are in a much better position to make a meaningful evaluation" -Peter Fuller, Arts Review "The influence of the series and the book . . . was enormous . . . It opened up for general attention to areas of cultural study that are now commonplace" -Geoff Dyer in Ways of Telling

Required Reading
2006 Art Photography Now
ISBN STANFORD:36105122946507

This lavishly illustrated, accessible survey presents the work of over seventy international artists at the forefront of the boom in photography (e.g. Gursky, Sherman, Calle, Parr, and Barney). Introductions to each section outline the genres and how themes and how issues like memory, time, objectivity, politics, identity and the everyday are tied to certain approaches. Each photographers work is then presented in sequence, with commentaries by the author highlighting the arts most important aspects.

Required Reading
2017-06-15 The Photographer's Eye Hachette UK
ISBN 9781781575079 ISBN-13 178157507X

Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs. Of course, digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures. The Photographers Eye shows how anyone can develop an eye for seeing great digital photos. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder.

Required Reading
2009-04-06 Michael Freeman's Perfect Exposure Hachette UK
ISBN 9781907579998 ISBN-13 1907579990

Clear, direct and guaranteed, Perfect Exposure looks at the way professionals work, and lays out the decisions and sequences with absolute clarity, while incorporating the latest, powerful post-processing techniques. Choosing the exposure for a photograph is both alarmingly simple, and infinitely complex. Simple, because there is ultimately only one dosage of light, controlled as it always has been, by a shutter speed, aperture and ISO setting. But arriving at the perfect exposure is also complex, because it affects everything in the image and its effect on the viewer. There are endless subtleties in the brightness, readability and mood of every part of every scene, as the myriad of exposure decisions photographers take testifies. Understanding how and why exposure works is essential, not only because it helps you to decide what is instinctively "right". Perfect Exposure enables total confidence in that decision - an invaluable skill for every single photographer.

Required Reading
2004-12-01 The Photobook: A History - Phaidon Press
ISBN 0714842850 ISBN-13 9780714842851
Required Reading
2011-07-30 Land Matters I.B.Tauris
ISBN 9781845118648 ISBN-13 1845118642

In this major work on landscape photography, extensively illustrated in color and black and white, Liz Wells is concerned with the ways in which photographers engage with issues about land, its representation and idealization. She demonstrates how the visual interpretation of land as landscape reflects and reinforces contemporary political, social, and environmental attitudes. She also asks what is at stake in landscape photography now through placing critical appraisal of key examples of work by photographers working in, for example, the USA, in Europe, Scandinavia and Baltic areas, within broader art historical and political concerns. This illuminating book will interest readers in photography and media, geography, art history, and travel, as well as those concerned with environmental issues.

Required Reading
2015-01-30 Photography: A Critical Introduction Routledge
ISBN 9781317539728 ISBN-13 1317539729

Photography: A Critical Introduction was the first introductory textbook to examine key debates in photographic theory and place them in their social and political contexts, and is now established as one of the leading textbooks in its field. Written especially for students in higher education and for introductory college courses, this fully revised edition provides a coherent introduction to the nature of photographic seeing. Individual chapters cover: Key debates in photographic theory and history Documentary photography and photojournalism Personal and popular photography Photography and the human body Photography and commodity culture Photography as art This revised and updated fifth edition includes: New case studies on topics such as: materialism and embodiment, the commodification of human experience, and an extended discussion of landscape as genre. 98 photographs and images, featuring work from: Bill Brandt, Susan Derges, Rineke Dijkstra, Fran Herbello, Hannah Hch, Karen Knorr, Dorothea Lange, Chrystel Lebas, Susan Meiselas, Lee Miller, Martin Parr, Ingrid Pollard, Jacob Riis, Alexander Rodchenko, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall. Fully updated resource information, including guides to public archives and useful websites. A full glossary of terms and a comprehensive bibliography. Contributors: Michelle Henning, Patricia Holland, Derrick Price, Anandi Ramamurthy and Liz Wells.

Required Reading
2014-03-04 Publish Your Photography Book Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN 1616892269 ISBN-13 9781616892265

The book New Orleans native Anne Rice called "a landmark oOur indispensable guide to publishing your own photography book just got better. In this revised and updated edition of Publish Your Photography Book, industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson take budding authors through the publishing processfrom concept through production, marketing, and salespointing out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. It's packed with information, including interviews and contributions from artists, publishers, designers, packagers, editors, and other industry experts who openly share their publishing experiences. This revised edition features updated case studies and resources sections as well as expanded information on digital publishing platforms, with advice on how to make and market your eBook.

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