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ARTS6027 - Photography Histories

Title:Photography Histories
Long Title:Photography Histories
Module Code:ARTS6027
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
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 examines the historical milestones in the evolution of photography as a visual medium. Photography is considered within the more general context of art and design history.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 discuss the key stages in the evolution of photography as a technology and as a creative medium.
LO2 analyse the concepts, conventions and technical contexts behind particular genres of photography.
LO3 evaluate the relationships between historical and contemporary approaches to photography.
LO4 develop effective and era-appropriate criteria for image analysis.
LO5 demonstrate an ability to effectively discuss and write about photography.
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.
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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
Historical Contexts
Precursors to photography - camera obscura, camera lucida, heliograph. Key stages in the history of photography from its invention and early use through to more contemporary practice. Photographic genres. The history of the moving image. Photography and video and their relationship with fine art and design within a historical context. Social, political, technical and philosophical contexts. Censorship and propaganda.
Examining and Discussing Photography and Video History
Applying critical theory to photography. Critical and analytical, era-appropriate appraisal of photographic and video images. Generating and applying era-appropriate criteria to still and moving image analysis. Writing about photography and video history, essay writing, sourcing information, referencing, structuring.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Presentation to class of a case study showing analysis of selected photography work. 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 Week 7
Essay Photographic genres in historical and contemporary contexts 1,2,3,5 50.0 Week 12
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 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Seminar-based discussion of practices and works 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Research and preparation 5.0 Every Week 5.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Bate, D. 2016, Photography: The Key Concepts, Bloomsbury Publishing [ISBN: 9780857858252]
  • Emerling, J. 2013, Photography: History and Theory, Routledge [ISBN: 9781136521157]
  • Newman, M. Z. 2014, Video Revolutions: On the History of a Medium, Columbia University Press USA [ISBN: 9780231169516]
  • Wells, L. 2015, Photography: A Critical Introduction, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group [ISBN: 9780415854283]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Badger, G. 2011, The Genius of Photography: How Photography Has Changed Our Lives, Quadrille Publishing [ISBN: 978-184400609]
  • Bate, D. 2015, Art Photography, Tate Publishing [ISBN: 9781849762243]
  • Durden, M. 2014, Photography Today: A History of Contemporary Photography, Phaidon Press [ISBN: 9780714845630]
  • Elkins, E. 2013, Photography Theory, Routledge [ISBN: 9781135867744]
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 2 Mandatory

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