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ARTS7055 - Photographic Contexts

Title:Photographic Contexts
Long Title:Photographic Contexts
Module Code:ARTS7055
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
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 a wide range of contemporary still and moving imagery practices. Students are introduced to key writers and theorists to engage with photographic theories and related discourses. Students develop skills to articulate their own opinions and contribute to contemporary debates.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 develop effective and appropriate criteria for contemporary image analysis.
LO2 critically engage with the debates, concepts and contexts related to contemporary and emerging visual practices.
LO3 use shared specialised terminology to articulate personal evaluations of and responses to lens-based practices and images.
LO4 demonstrate an ability to effectively discuss and write about contemporary lens-based images and practices.
LO5 communicate ideas, conclusions and opinions through verbal and visual presentations.
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
Contemporary Issues and Contexts
Contemporary lens-based media and its relationship with contemporary fine art and design. Social, political, technical and philosophical contexts. Censorship and propaganda. Contemporary and emerging directions in photography and video practices. Photography and video and image-led social media.
Examining and Discussing Contemporary Photography and Video
Key current debates on contemporary photography and video. Applying critical theory to contemporary lens-based images and practices. Generating and using appropriate criteria to analyse contemporary still and moving images. Writing about contemporary photography and video, 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 contemporary contexts 2,3,4 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
  • Castoro, M. et al. 2016, 10 Must Reads: Contemporary Photography Contributors, Museums [ISBN: 9781910144800]
  • Durden, M. 2014, Photography Today: A History of Contemporary Photography, Phaidon Press [ISBN: 9780714845630]
  • Schaefer, D and Salvato, L. 2013, Masters of Light: Conversations With Contemporary Cinematographers, University of California Press [ISBN: 978-052027466]
  • Wells, L. 2015, Photography: A Critical Introduction, Routledge [ISBN: 9781317539735]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Bate, D. 2015, Art photography, Tate Publishing [ISBN: 9781849762243]
  • Bogre, M. 2012, Photography as Activism: Images for Social Change, Taylor & Francis [ISBN: 9780240812755]
  • Guadagnini, W. 2014, Photography: The Contemporary Era, 1981-2013, Skira [ISBN: 9788857220543]
  • Marsh, A. et al 2015, The Culture of Photography in Public Space, Intellect Books [ISBN: 9781783204601]
  • Bate, D. 2016, Photography: The Key Concepts, Bloomsbury Publishing [ISBN: 9780857858252]
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 3 Mandatory

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