ARTS6017 - Photography & Image Capture

Title:Photography & Image Capture
Long Title:Photography & Image Capture
Module Code:ARTS6017
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Design Studies
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: ROSE MC GRATH
Module Author: ALBERT WALSH
Module Description: An introduction to the medium of photography and imaging acquisition. This module is designed to introduce those without prior knowledge or experience of the medium of photography. It is a basic introduction to the concepts and practices involved in photography as well as its associated technologies. This module’s primary purpose is to provide an overview of the subject as a whole but at the same time provide a set of basic skills to allow the student to capture and output useful content.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyze the processes involved in the production of an image from capture, through to final output.
LO2 Know the basic component parts of a camera (image capture device) including associated optical devices (lenses).
LO3 Create a simple photographic portfolio of imagery that utilizes the basic rules of composition & framing.
LO4 Evaluate the suitability of a chosen format for the storage of processed images.
LO5 Describe the work of recognised practitioners in the field of photography.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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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.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the medium of Photography. A highly condensed history of Photography within the wider context of image making. This would also include major figures in this development so as to provide further context.
The Camera
An explanation and description of its main components and associated controls, such as aperture and shutter speed.
Lenes & Optics
The role of the lens & optics in general within photography. The relationship of focal length to angle of view and subject size.
Creative control
Creative control in image making, through the use of aperture (Depth of Field) and shutter speed.
The role of exposure during image capture. Its implications and the strategies required that can be used to achieve optimum image quality.
Storage and display of photographically based imagery. A description of the Formats available and the related implications and reasons for choosing a particular format.
Capture & Processing
A broad overview of the processes involved in capturing images and the subsequent processing of this material leading to output.
A description of the basic rules related to composition and framing and their relationship to camera controls, optics, DOF and image processing.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Colour Correction Exercise 1,2 20.0 Week 5
Written Report Written Study (on a selected theme) 5 20.0 Week 10
Project Photography Portfolio 1,2,3,4 60.0 Week 13
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 Theory & Principles 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Class/Studio based Practical 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Implementation of class based theory. Either research or Practical work 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory & Principles 1.0 Every Second Week 0.50
Lab Class/Studio based Practical 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Implementation of class based theory. Either research or Practical work 4.5 Every Week 4.50
Total Hours 7.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 2.50

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Michael Langford 2007, Langford's Starting Photography [ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-240-52056-8]
  • Andrew Falkner and Conrad Chave 2015, Adobe Photoshop CC [ISBN: 10134-30813-1]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Tom Ang 2013, Digital Photography Masterclass, Dorling Kindersley [ISBN: 978-1-8561-31]
  • Tom Ang 2005, Digital Photographers Handbook, Darling Kindersley Limited [ISBN: 0 7513 3679 3]
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 1 Mandatory
CR_DVICO_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual Communications 2 Mandatory