Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Grammar of Photography

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION This study-unit focuses on the student’s ability to articulate concepts and ideas through the production of a photographic project, critical reflection on the work of other photographers, and understanding of photography through the framework of contemporary art and visual communication.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To engage with photography as a contemporary art.
- To pursue a self-directed photographic project from initiation to the presentation of the work.
- To articulate ideas through the critical comparison with the work of other photographers.
- To improve the ability to communicate concepts and ideas.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- generate a creative dialogue from initiation of the project, to the presentation of the work.
- create and present visual narratives that reveal or question, challenge or provoke.
- discuss photography curatorial practices and enhance the impact of personal projects through exhibition display.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to present a final work, or a work in progress. A visual narrative consisting of a series of images, an artist statement to accompany the work, and an exhibition proposal.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Bates, David. Photography: The Key Concepts. Bloomsbury, 2016.

Campany David, Art and Photography, Phaidon, 2003.

Cotton Charlotte, The Photograph as Contemporary Art, Thames & Hudson world of art, 2004.

Sontag Susan, On Photography, Penguin Modern Classics, 2008(originally published in 1979).

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida. Vintage Classics, 2000 (originally published in 1980).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Practical and Project

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Portfolio SEM2 Yes 50%
Project SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Lisa Attard

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