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ARTS6029 - Investigating Place

Title:Investigating Place
Long Title:Investigating Place
Module Code:ARTS6029
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 10
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 explores the concept of place within photography and video, along with associated visual and physical qualities. Students are required to focus on landscape, cityscape and/or interior space.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 report on essential critical issues related to the representation of different types of environments.
LO2 respond effectively to set briefs through visual research, experimentation and the realisation of intended outcomes.
LO3 select appropriate equipment and material to achieve the intended outcome when representing particular places.
LO4 produce a series of engaging images associated with the concept of place.
LO5 engage in debate on the concepts, issues and practices encountered through individual research and practical photographic work.
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
Sense of place, community and self. The poetics of space. Place and photographic genres. Light, tone, colour and contrast. Composition, perspective, form, texture and pattern.
The Landscape
Discovering and choosing landscapes. Equipment and shooting techniques. Composition elements in landscapes. Weather and changing light.
The Urban Landscape
Streetscapes, architectural subjects and details. Volume, lines and structure of buildings and streets. Street photography. Inhabited and uninhabited spaces. Industrial landscapes.
Interior spaces
Simple and complex interiors. Intimate and larger scale spaces. Human presence. Light sources and light qualities.
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 50.0 Week 12
Presentation Portfolio 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 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 Workshop 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
  • Alexander, J. 2015, Perspectives on Place: Theory and Practice in Landscape Photography, Fairchild Books (Bloomsbury) [ISBN: 978-147253389]
  • Andersson, B. 2015, The DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques, 2nd Ed., Sybex [ISBN: 978-111898349]
  • Batdorff, J. 2014, Travel and Street Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots, Peachpit Press [ISBN: 9780133818307]
  • Carroll, H. 2017, Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of Places, Laurence King Publishing [ISBN: 9781780679051]
  • DuChemin, D. 2016, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision, New Riders [ISBN: 9780134288758]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Frye, M. 2015, Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters, Hachette UK [ISBN: 9781781573594]
  • Higgott, A. and Wray, T. (Eds) 2014, Camera Constructs: Photography, Architecture and the Modern City, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd [ISBN: 9781472445384]
  • Schulz, A. 2015, Architectural Photography: Composition, Capture, and Digital Image Processing, 3rd Edition Ed., Rocky Nook, Inc. [ISBN: 9781681980010]
  • Sipes, T. 2014, Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide to Creating and Editing Images of Abandoned Places, Peachpit Press [ISBN: 9780134008684]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Tucker, J Eye on the Street: Photography in Urban Public Spaces, Radical History Review, Volume Fall 2012, Issue 114, p7-18
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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