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ARTS8058 - Research Paper (photography)

Title:Research Paper (photography)
Long Title:Research Paper (photography)
Module Code:ARTS8058
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 requires students to explore visual culture as a field of enquiry that allows us to examine images and explore how we interpret and comment on our existence through visual means. Students research key concepts and theories influencing contemporary art and design practice with particular emphasis on photography and video. This research culminates in the production of a dissertation or a professional research report.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 evaluate key concepts, debates and methodologies underpinning visual culture as a field of enquiry.
LO2 analyse still and moving images using criteria informed by cultural, historical, technological and social contexts.
LO3 evaluate relationships between theory and practice within their own image making practices and work.
LO4 complete independent research involving photographic and video image making and practices.
LO5 formulate and present arguments and research findings orally, visually and in written form.
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
Visual Culture as a Field of Enquiry
The dimensions of visual culture. Dominant concepts, philosophies, methodologies and debates that inform visual culture as a field of enquiry. Visual culture and visuality historical contexts.. Exploration of vision, visuality, virtuality, materiality, representation, culture, technology and agency. The relationships between art history, visual culture, and aesthetics. Criticism and reviewing.
Case Studies
Analysis and discussion of selected still and moving images including student work
The Research
Formulating a research topic derived from the student's practice and professional interests. Constructing coherent, substantiated arguments. Research methodologies and approaches to the interpretation of visual artefacts and practices. Dissertation and Professional Research Report content and structure. Universal academic research conventions and professional standards of writing and presentation. Research ethics.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Proposal 3,5 10.0 Week 5
Presentation Peer group presentations 2,5 10.0 Week 6
Written Report Dissertation or Professional Research Report 1,2,3,4,5 80.0 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
Lecture Content delivery and discussions 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Research supervision 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Research and Preparation 11.0 Every Week 11.00
Total Hours 14.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Fox, A. and Caruana, N. 2012, Behind the Image: research in photography, AVA Academia [ISBN: 9782940411665]
  • La Grange, A. 2013, Basic Critical Theory for Photographers, Taylor & Francis [ISBN: 9781136090134]
  • Lister, M. 2013, The Photographic Image in Digital Culture, Routledge [ISBN: 9781136162640]
  • Margolis, E. and Pauwels, L. 2011, The SAGE Handbook of Visual Research Methods, SAGE [ISBN: 9781446250129]
  • Neumüller, M. (Ed) 2018, The Routledge Companion to Photography and Visual Culture, Routledge [ISBN: 978-113866739]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bertelsen, L. et al. 2010, Symbolic Imprints: Essays on Photography and Visual Culture, Aarhus University Press [ISBN: 9788772887876]
  • Howells, R. and Negreiros, J. 2012, Visual culture, 2nd edition Ed., Polity Press [ISBN: 9780745650715]
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 7 Mandatory

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