|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Student will create a small group of photographs inspired by the technique or subject matter of a photographer or research and write a short paper responding to the work of a photographer or artistic movement.
- Student will write a critical review/analysis of a specific exhibition with the intention of publishing said review.
|Description - |
|Investigation of a specific aspect or topic of photography through discussion and demonstration by the instructor(s) in the field.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- Gain in-depth understanding of one specific aspect or topic of photography.
- Learn to use the equipment or technique demonstrated.
- Apply techniques and approaches learned to other class assignments and related topics in photography.
- Gain an appreciation of contributions from diverse cultures and backgrounds to the topic of photography being explored.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
|A lecture room equipped for listening to audio tapes and viewing motion pictures, slides, and video tapes; access to camera equipment and functioning laboratory areas for instructor demonstration and student experimentation; chemicals and facilities for mixing and storing same; access to computer hardware and software for instructor demonstrations and student experimentation. |
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- Detailed explanation of role that exhibitions perform in disseminating ideas in photography.
- Historical examples and precedents drawn from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
- Basic demonstration of the use of camera operations
- Testing and/or experimentation by student as needed.
- Field sessions to use or demonstrate equipment as appropriate.
- Guest lectures by curators, docents or visiting artists as appropriate.
- Visits to museums and galleries
- Knowledge of museum rules and policies regarding photography
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Quizzes and hands-on examinations as appropriate.
- A written paper analyzing the topic is required as a summation of the course experience.
- Produce a set of photographs that document various site visits or that are inspired by the work seen during site visits
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Langford, Michael & Andrews, Philip. Langford's Starting Photography, 6th Edition. Massachusetts, USA: Elsevier/Focal Press, 2009. |
NOTE: This book remains a seminal text and although it has not been updated by the publishers since 2009, the information contained therein is still relevant and current for this area of study.
|Disciplines - |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture, Discussion, Field work, Electronic discussions/chat, Field trips. |
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Reading of monographs and exhibition reviews published in the popular press on photographers
- Written paper discussing the aims, strategy and motivations of an exhibiting photographer, interview with a gallery owner, curator or photographer.
- Production of photographs that document a site visit or that are inspired by the visit
- Basic research using online resources and websites that pertain to artists or photographers that will be visited.
- Posting of site visit reflections on a blog or website.
- Visits to selected museums and galleries