VA312 Photography

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
VA312 Photography 1 2 6 Friday 09.00 - 12.00
Prerequisite None It is a prerequisite to

None

Lecturer Abdulhamit Bolat Office Hours / Room / Phone
Monday:
10:00-12:00
Tuesday:
10:00-12:00
Wednesday:
10:00-12:00
B F2.26
E-mail abolat@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
Course Objectives The aims of this course are to: • teach students to use their cameras in manual mode and to learn basics of photography composition and artistic expression styles • help students to understand light in photography and how to use it in documentary photography • enable students to understand photography not only as an art form but also as a means for documenting life and communicating • teach students basic of documentary photography, its importance and value and basics of photojournalism
Textbook Petr Tausk: Photography in the 20th Century, London: Focal House.; First Edition edition (1980) & Enzo dal Verme: Storytelling for Photojournalists: Reportage and Documentary Photography Techniques, Amherst Media 2016
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Use their cameras to the fullest, with their own artistic flavour of the images by using and understanding light in documentary photography
  2. Learn the history of documentary photography and how to tell stories visually. What is photojournalism and the impact those images have on society and humanity
  3. What makes a photo essay: to produce and make a selection of photographs, to put them in a form of an essay and to write captions or written texts to accompany single photographs or a series of photographs
  4. Blend the artistic vision, storytelling ability, and technical skill to tell your own story or your own social message. Start building a portfolio
  5. Confidently present and talk about their own work as well as work created by others. To be aware of importance of developing their own photographic signature.
Teaching Methods The method of teaching will be based on the individual approach developing specific attributes of the projects that correspond to student’s desires and goals ranging from different photographic styles. The method will involve lectures accompanied with individual work with each student focusing on their projects and individual guidance in order to produce the high quality work. The students will work independently of one another focusing on their projects presenting the progress in class every week. The group sessions will be organized every week in order for the peer assessment and criticism of the projects. Lectures, Presentations, Projects, In class exercises, midterm and final exam. Students will be offered a variety of ways of learning the content of the course. Lectures will be varied. Some lectures will include previously prepared slide shows. Student and teacher discussions are encouraged. Photo shoot demonstrations, one-on-one camera operation lessons, and in class student photo shoot will be performed, as well as outdoor and field trip shoots. We will also have time for lab work on software designed for photographers towards the end of the semester. On critique days, students will present their own work and talk about the work of their peers. We will also watch photo documentaries to promote discussion and inspire ideas for the final project.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Introduction to the course. Introduction to Photography. Operating the camera. Individual homework
Week 2 homework. Photographic composition. Rules, good and bad examples. Individual homework
Week 3 Artistic expression and using the frame. Individual homework Classroom in a book-workbook from Adobe Systems
Week 4 Introduction to documentary photography. Life photography. Individual homework Classroom in a book-workbook from Adobe Systems
Week 5 Homework in class presentation. Feedback. Street life: documentary photography and photojournalism: express through a photo serial. individual stories
Week 6 Work on individual stories Classroom in a book-workbook from Adobe Systems
Week 7 Work on individual stories: feedback Classroom in a book-workbook from Adobe Systems
Week 8 MIDTERM EXAM
Week 9 Introduction to storytelling
Week 10 Good examples of storytelling. Individual homework. Classroom in a book-workbook from Adobe Systems
Week 11 Final project introduced. Classroom in a book-workbook from Adobe Systems
Week 12 Presentation of stories, good and bad practice
Week 13 Final project consultation and basics of Lightroom and Photoshop for documentary photography Classroom in a book-workbook from Adobe Systems
Week 14 Final project consultation. Classroom in a book-workbook from Adobe Systems
Week 15 Final project consultation. Final review of all projects. Closing remarks
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 30 1,2,3,4,5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm Exam 1 20 1,2,3,4
Assignments 5 50 1,2,3,4
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Individual Learning 2 15 30
Assignments 5 9 45 Assignments 5 9 45
In Class 2 4 8 Final Exam Study 15 2 30
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 06/11/2020
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