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ARTS8055 - Portraying People

Title:Portraying People
Long Title:Portraying People
Module Code:ARTS8055
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Visual Arts
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Catherine Fehily
Module Author: ALBERT WALSH
Module Description: This module explores the techniques and approaches involved in making still and moving images of people in both natural and artificial light. The module emphasises the importance of the quality of interaction between the photographer/videographer and the subject(s) to ensure that what is captured is more than just physical characteristics. The module also considers the legal and ethical issues associated with portraying people.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 report on essential critical issues and practices associated with portraying people.
LO2 respond effectively to set briefs through visual research, experimentation and the realisation of intended outcomes.
LO3 select appropriate equipment and material to achieve intended outcomes when portraying people.
LO4 produce a series of visually and conceptually engaging still and/or moving images of people in different situations whilst being cogniscent of associated legal and ethical issues.
LO5 engage in debate on the concepts, issues and practices encountered through individual research and practical outcomes.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Essential Elements
Emotion and the human condition. Character and expression. Interacting with the subjects. Composition, perspective, form, texture and pattern. Light, tone, colour and contrast. Screens and reflectors. Positioning and associations. The decisive moment. The figure within different photographic genres.
The Portrait
Formal and informal portraits. The figure in different locations, in available light and in artificial light. Composing the portrait. Self-portraits
Organisation and logistics. Managing and directing the group. Group dynamic and group cohesion. Creating connections. Expressions in the group.
Action and events photography. Informal street photography - street photography and documentary photography. The figure in motion. Legal and ethical issues associated with photographing people.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Reflective Journal Reflective sketchbooks documenting key technical information and analysis along with details on individual creative processes. 1,2,5 40.0 Week 12
Presentation Portfolio of photographic and video work 1,2,3,4,5 60.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab Studio based Practical 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Studio Research and Development 9.0 Every Week 9.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Carroll, H. 2015, Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of People, Laurence King Publishing [ISBN: 9781780676241]
  • Cheadle, J. 2010, The Portrait Photographer's Lighting Style Guide: Recipes for Lighting and Composing Professional Portraits, Amphoto Books [ISBN: 978-081740005]
  • Faust, J.C. et al. 2017, Video Production: Disciplines and Techniques, Taylor & Francis [ISBN: 9781351816601]
  • Wilkinson, P. 2015, Mastering Portrait Photography, Ammonite Press [ISBN: 978-178145085]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Canon, R. 2016, Lighting People, Ilex Press; UK [ISBN: 978-178157246]
  • Fanchar, N. 2015, Studio Anywhere: A Photographer's Guide to Shooting in Unconventional Locations,, Peachpit Press [ISBN: 978-013408417]
  • Rand, G. and Meyer, T. 2014, The Portrait: Understanding Portrait Photography, Rocky Nook [ISBN: 9781492016168]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_HPHNM_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Photography with New Media 5 Mandatory

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