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Programme Details 2016-2017

Photography


BA Single Honours & BA/BSc Combined Honours
Department of Media, Culture and Language

PROGRAMME CONVENER(S): Michael O’Brien, 020 8392 3388, michael.obrien@roehampton.ac.uk

For further information please contact the Department Administrator, Geetha Kannan, 020 8392 5015, geetha.kannan@roehampton.ac.uk.

LOCATION: Southlands and Digby Stuart College campus.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE: Photography plays an important role in the way we see and understand the world around us. It is a highly pervasive medium, embedded in contemporary visual culture across a range of practices, including journalism, fine art, fashion, editorial, advertising, film and web design.

As a social, mobile and everyday medium, photography cannot be seen to have a unified, singular essence. As such students are encouraged to explore and develop their own interests and ways of working during the programme. The programme will enable students to acquire a range of advanced technical skills whilst engaging with provocative theoretical materials, developing a wide-ranging understanding of contemporary visual culture. The University has a range of industry-standard resources including a studio, darkroom, two mac suits and digital and analogue cameras that facilitate students in their work.

This programme explores photography’s function and meaning in visual culture by encouraging students to research a variety of photographic practices and their contexts of production. It will both engage with the status of photography as a highly constructed medium and interrogate the way it operates to shape cultural understanding and mediate experience. It provides an exploration of the specificities of photographic practice, informed by contemporary critical theory, with emphasis on questions of meaning, power and identity and the production, distribution and consumption of the photograph within various media. It addresses the artificial divide between theory and practice by teaching the two elements in conjunction. Students are supported in the acquisition of practical and intellectual skills through practical workshops, lectures and seminars.

This programme will appeal to students who wish to develop their own photographic practice in a creative and critically informed manner and extend their understanding of the wider aspects of visual culture. It is designed to develop students’ intellectual and photographic skills, including a range of transferable skills, preparing them for careers within the broad field of photography and other media-related areas.

AIMS: This programme aims to:

  • provide opportunities for students to acquire a range of technical and intellectual skills that will enable them to engage critically and creatively in photography by producing high quality photographic projects;
  • establish sound theoretical and technical frameworks for the coherent and systematic exploration of the forms and meanings of photography within visual and media culture;
  • develop knowledge of photographic practices in their historical contexts through research;
  • provide students with an understanding of the place and status of photography and photographic genres in contemporary society;
  • introduce students to a range of theoretical approaches focusing on the interconnections between the functions and uses of photography within structures of individual and communal everyday lived experience;
  • introduce students to a range of processes whereby photography is produced, distributed, regulated and consumed;
  • develop a range of transferable skills, including independent and reflective learning, team work, research, and communication.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: These are grouped into four areas:

Knowledge and Understanding

Students who successfully complete this programme will:

  • have knowledge of contemporary and historical photographic practices and their diverse uses in various cultural fields such as journalism, fine art, fashion, editorial, advertising, and web design;
  • be familiar with the work of key theorists and practitioners involved in the ongoing development of the field;
  • have an understanding of the relationship between photography and cognate disciplines such as fine art, cultural studies, anthropology and philosophy and be able to work confidently across a range of academic boundaries;
  • have a critical understanding of photography and its social and historic functions and uses in society;
  • demonstrate a conceptual understanding of their own photographic practice in relation to contemporary photographic practice and scholarship;
  • be capable of initiating, sustaining and resolving independent inquiry in the form of both photographic output and academic writing.
Cognitive Skills

Students who successfully complete this programme will:
  • be able to identify, evaluate and apply a range of theories and analytical approaches associated with photography;
  • have developed specialist vocabulary, technical and critical skills associated with the analysis of photography, the media and visual culture;
  • be able to analyse the structures and processes whereby photography, media and cultural texts and practices are produced and consumed;
  • acquire a range of skills that will enable them to engage critically and creatively in contemporary media and popular cultures.
Practical Skills

Students who successfully complete this programme will:
  • have acquired technical proficiency in a range of photographic practices;
  • have acquired a range of practical skills, such as project management, presentation skills, and problem identification and solving;
  • have acquired key photographic skills including: the use of 35mm film cameras, film processing, DSLR cameras, medium and large format cameras, studio and location lighting, use of relevant software packages including Photoshop, Capture One, other digital darkroom skills such as scanning and printing, and project presentation that suits specific sitings;
  • have acquired the ability to reflect upon and develop practical projects in relation to the theoretical parts of the programme and the students’ own conceptual thinking;
  • have further developed a range of transferable and key skills including critical analysis and evaluation, effective written and oral presentation, computing, information technology (CIT) skills, research, study and personal development skills, and initiative and responsibility for their own work;
  • will be able to reflect on their learning experience and have developed a documented portfolio of work.
Key/Transferable Skills

Students who successfully complete this programme will:
  • be able to work in flexible and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-management and reflexivity;
  • be able to research, organise and effectively deploy ideas and information from both visual and textual sources;
  • be able to formulate arguments and express them effectively in writing, orally and in a range of inter-personal settings;
  • be able to work productively in a group, showing abilities to listen and to contribute to discussion effectively;
  • be able to deliver work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, making use of a problem-solving approach;
  • be able to put to use appropriate IT skills and to develop specific proficiencies in the use of IT as required.

 

Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Below is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

LEVEL 4

Single Honours

Compulsory modules
All students will be required to complete and pass the following modules:
+PHT020C111A - Photography and Genre
+PHT020C112A - Photography: Concept and Materiality
+PHT020C114S - The Photobook: Concept, Narrative and Design
+PHT020C115A - Photography Practice: Core Skills
+CUL020C137A or S - Ways of Seeing [Spring variant]

Optional module
PHT020C113S - Photography, Truth and Fiction

Please note that, with the permission of the Programme Convener, this module can be replaced with any one of the Languages for All modules.

Combined Honours

Compulsory modules
All students will be required to complete and pass the following modules:
#PHT020C112A - Photography: Concept and Materiality
#PHT020C113S - Photography, Truth and Fiction
#PHT020C115A - Photography Practice: Core Skills

The following module is available to students who are not on the Photography degree programme:
PHT020C108A or S - Digital Photography Workshop

LEVEL 5

Single Honours

Compulsory modules
All students will be required to complete and pass the following modules:
+PHT020N201A - Photography and the Home
+PHT020N202S - Photography and Commodity Culture
+PHT020N209A - Photography Practice: Advanced Skills

Optional modules
Single honours students must take all of the following modules:
PHT020N203A - Identity and Difference: Dividing Selves
PHT020N204S - Photojournalism and Documentary Practices
PHT020N205S - Landscape and Mapping Space
¬PHT020N207 - Image, Text, Practice

Combined Honours

Students studying Photography WITH Subject X (major in Photography) take a minimum of 120 credits at levels 5/6, of which at least 60 must be at level 6.

Students studying Photography AND Subject X (equal in each subject) take a minimum of 100 credits at levels 5/6, of which at least 40 must be at level 6.

Students studying Subject X with Photography (minor in Photography) take a minimum of 60 credits at levels 5/6, of which at least 20 must be at level 6.

Core modules
Majoring and equalling students are required to complete and pass at least two of the core modules, one of which must be Photography Practice: Advanced Skills. Minoring students are required to complete and pass one of the core modules.
#PHT020N201A - Photography and the Home
#PHT020N202S - Photography and Commodity Culture
#PHT020N209A - Photography Practice: Advanced Skills

Optional modules
PHT020N203A - Identity and Difference: Dividing Selves
PHT020N204S - Photojournalism and Documentary Practices
PHT020N205S - Landscape and Mapping Space
¬PHT020N207 - Image, Text, Practice

LEVEL 6

Single Honours

Compulsory modules
All students will be required to complete and pass the following modules:
+PHT020X302A - Project Proposal
+PHT040X303S - Independent Project
+PHT040X350Y - Dissertation

Optional modules
Single honours students must choose one of the following modules:
¬PHT020X305 - Contemporary Photographic Practices
PHT020X306A - Portfolio Development
MCL020X312Y - Work Placement

Combined Honours

Students studying Photography WITH Subject X (major in Photography) take a minimum of 120 credits at levels 5/6, of which at least 60 must be at level 6.

Students studying Photography AND Subject X (equal in each subject) take a minimum of 100 credits at levels 5/6, of which at least 40 must be at level 6.

Students studying Subject X with Photography (minor in Photography) take a minimum of 60 credits at levels 5/6, of which at least 20 must be at level 6.

Compulsory modules
Majoring students are required to complete and pass the following modules:
#PHT020X302A - Project Proposal
#PHT040X303S - Independent Project [prerequisite: PHT020X302A]

Optional modules
Equaling students choose at least 40 credits and minoring students choose at least 20 credits from the following modules:
PHT020X302A - Project Proposal
PHT040X303S - Independent Project [prerequisite: PHT020X302A]
¬PHT020X305 - Contemporary Photographic Practices
PHT020X306A - Portfolio Development
MCL020X312Y - Work Placement

Module annotations:
# - compulsory or core module (must be passed)
+ - compulsory or core module for single-honours students (must be passed)
¬ - module not available in 2016-2017.

Notes:
a) Each module code consists of a three-letter module prefix denoting the programme it belongs to (eg BSS020C103Y = Biosciences), the following three digits refer to its credit value (eg BSS020C103Y = 20 credits), the single letter in the middle (eg BSS020C103Y) denotes the module level (eg C = Level 4, N = Level 5, X = Level 6), the last three digits denote its unique number (eg BSS020C103Y), and the final letter denotes its suffix (eg BSS020C103Y). The suffixes indicate the following: A - Autumn term, S - Spring term, H – Summer term/Summer intensive mode and Y - All year.

b) Individual module details can be viewed by clicking on each module code or using the "View all modules" link below for a complete list of module assessments and descriptions. Where an assessment has more than one component all elements must be passed, unless individual module assessment details state otherwise.


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