Module Title:Photography & Video
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Photography: Lectures / Tutorials / Practicals. Primarily this core subject assumes that the student will have only limited experience in Photography. The project starts with a detailed brief and introduction session and is followed by workshops and class discussion. The strategy is characterized as “learning through doing” in that the student is guided and supported through the process of skills acquisition and creative conceptualization both as individual students and as a class. Video: Lectures / Tutorials / Practicals. Primarily this core subject assumes that the student will have only limited experience in Video. The project starts with a detailed brief and introduction session and is followed by workshops and class discussion. The strategy is characterized as “learning through doing” in that the student is guided and supported through the process of skills acquisition and creative conceptualization both as individual students and as a class. An important additional aspect of this brief is that students work in production teams and special attention will be given to supporting students in team work skills.
Module Aim: Photography: The subject means to demonstrate the importance of the role of optics and the camera and its application in Art and Design. In this subject the student will be introduced to basic photographic principles and technical applications. The student works with a self-made camera obscura and emphasis is on photography as a chemistry-based and digital medium by using light sensitive materials and optics. The student will be introduced to dark room procedures for film processing and printing, In addition the subject also aims to convey the creative potential of photography as a medium by including exercises that show manipulation of light and photographic paper. The subject requires that the student research significant figures in the invention of photography and consider the impact of photography on art, society and culture. Safe darkroom practices are also a component of this subject. Students are expected to attend and participate in all the formal timetabled sessions for the subject. Students are also expected to manage their directed learning and independent study in support of the subject and project aims. In effect students will be present in the darkroom or their studio spaces for a minimum of 18 hours a week for the 5 weeks of this subject. Student Aims: 1. To develop a basic understanding of the relationship between the theory and practice of chemical and digital photography. 2. To introduce the student to the camera obscura, film and digital cameras, file management, formatting and basic chemical photographic and digital processes. 3. To acquire basic skills in black and white photographic production and darkroom techniques. 4. To develop creative reponses to project brief s through the practice of photography 5. To encourage an understanding of the role of photography as a technical aid in art history and its impact on society and culture 6. To promote safe darkroom practices 7. To increase the student’s ability to gather research and apply their research material to their project work 8. To improve the student’s ability to present ideas and research in a group context 9. To increase the students visual awareness. Video: This module aims to encourage group participation and teamwork. It values visual investigation, the collection of contrasting images and a final presentation of completed videos. Students are expected to attend and participate in all the formal timetabled sessions for the subject. Students are also expected to manage their directed learning and independent study in support of the subject and project aims. In effect students will be present in the digital edit suite on location or their studio spaces for a minimum of 18 hours a week for the 5 weeks of this subject. Subject Aims: • To develop a basic knowledge of digital video making and its potential application to the student’s studio practice. • To acquire a basic practical knowledge of making a short video with sound. • To become familiar with hardware/software configurations for video and audio editing. • To develop an appropriate level of competency in handling a video camera and sound recording equipment. • To provide an introduction to contemporary art practices that employs moving images.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Be able to demonstrate basic understanding of camera handling, optical functions and light sensitive materials through workbooks that compile all the student’s experiments /exercises with extensive notes and contains details of the research and making of their pin-hole cameras,optical devices and digital photography and video
LO2 Be able to identify some key events and contributors to the history of photography and video through short written submissions and/or presentations
LO3 Be able to present work that applies their technical understanding of basic camera functions, both analogue and digital by (a) Producing photographic prints, pictograms, positive/negative images, cyanotypes and other processes (b) Demonstrate the principles of editing sound and image working with Adobe Premier Pro (c) Presenting analysis /notes with the various exercises for using a camera obscura, darkroom enlarger, photographic chemicals and digital camera.
LO4 Be able to anticipate and apply appropriate time-management in meeting requirements of project briefs by (a) Keeping good time-management /keeping to darkroom rotas, recognising time requirements of trial and error exercises, gathering and editing images (b) Making correctly exposed and processed photographic prints (c) Making stop-motion animation works
LO5 Be able to work in a group and on their own by (a) By working and sharing equipment in a communal work-space (b) By evaluating their experiments and producing their own solutions to technical problems (c) By sharing information /research and project experiments (b) Observing safe-practices working with chemicals in a darkroom environment
LO6 Be able to learn from different learning contexts through (a) Learning from their mistakes through trial and error and demonstrating problem-solving abilities. (b) Develop visual awareness in terms of light, colour, composition and context through project work and on the international field trip. (c) Shooting material on location with a tripod
LO7 Be able to learn from their research and experiments and evaluate and formulate a personal response to the project brief through (a) Making experimental work showing trial and error learning (b) Identify the potential of a technique and applying their knowledge to Produce a resolved outcome. (c) Utilize the rule of thirds and self conscious approaches to composition.
LO8 Have a knowledge of key technical operations necessary for video production including (a) Camera operation (b) Tilting panning and zoom shots (c) Sound recording
LO9 To recognize current contemporary art practices employing moving images and photography through (a) Creating a visual notebook with personal comments and reflections (b) Selecting online art videos they find inspirational and making a presentation to the class group (c) visiting relevant exhibitions.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Photography
Digital & Analogue Photography- individual and group project work. Smoke & Mirrors - presentations on photography, the principles of how photography works, its historical and contemporary contexts in art and design. Dark room processing demos- in groups. Independent research on film and digital pinhole cameras - build cameras, take photos, process and print. Cyanotype demos and experimental work with Cyanotypes on a theme. Photogram demos and experimental work with photograms on a theme. Introduction to the principles film and digital cameras, taking and up loading, formatting and storing digital images, Scanning and Importing, introduction to digital processing. Research, prepare, and make an assemblage for DSLRCannonD5 photo shoot with Studio lights. Prepare lighting and shoot assemblage in groups of three. Printing large format archival digital photographs in groups of 3. Discussion. International field trip assignment, Process pinhole photos from International field trip, make positive prints, Make digital contact sheets from international field trip. Group work- ‘Painting with light’ Digital time lapse and long exposure photography on a theme and presented as a slide show/animation with sound as an option.
Video
Students participate in technical demonstrations to introduce them to working with digital video equipment. Students are introduced to the various roles and duties of the production team. Students engage in small production on the first day of the project. Students are also introduced to making a timeline and visualizing their shots through drawing. Students are introduced to televisual composition, basic post production skills, field recording and basic digital non linear editing. Students make a presentation suggested topics: Early cinema as a cinema of attractions. Film and video in contemporary art or various artists working in moving image and stop-motion. Students make both individual and group based work typically we would expect each participating student to make at least 4 short videos that show progress in their video making skills.
Assessment Breakdown%
Project100.00%
No Continuous Assessment
Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Photography: The subject will be assessed through the completion of brief and the submission of a research journal/notebook and Portfolio. Contents of portfolio: 4 pinhole positives, 4 photograms, 4 cyanotypes: 60% Notebook: 20% Essay: 10% Group project painting with light: 10% 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 50.00 Week 25
Project Video: The subject will be assessed through the completion of brief, a student presentation and the submission of a research journal/notebook. Notebook with research on early silent cinema and the conventions of the moving image and notes on your project work during the module: 20% Individual project 3 short videos screening; 40% Video Group project: 20% Presentation on video art, short film or animation : 20% If all students in a group pass at the end of the project each member of the group can get a bonus mark of 5 points 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 50.00 Week 30
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Contact Hours Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Every Week 1.50
Contact Hours Every Week 1.50
Independent Learning Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 6.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_HWVCD_D Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications and Design 1 Mandatory
CW_AWART_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Art 1 Mandatory
CW_HWVCD_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Communications and Design 1 Mandatory
CW_AWART_D Bachelor of Arts in Art 1 Mandatory