FME103 Photo for media

Course code: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Foundation level (bachelor’s degree level)
Full course name in Norwegian Nynorsk: 
Photo for media
Program of study: 
Journalistikk, spesialisering avis/nett
Teaching semester: 
2021 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2021 Autumn
Language of instruction: 

The necessary text resources will be provided as PDF material in Canvas, partly from the start of the term and partly as part of the teaching progression.

Required prerequisite knowledge

Sufficient mastery of the English language to participate in dialogue lecturing. Students following Erasmus programs and media related study programs will be given priority.Students failing to attend the first lecture without valid reason will be excluded. VUC reserves non-commercial user rights to images submitted during the course.

Course content

The course focuses on photography for media purposes.

Learning outcome

In accordance with the National Qualifications Framework the student will have following learning outcome after completing the course:


Learning outcome knowledge

The students will

  • acquire basic knowledge of the development of photographic technology and of photo journalism
  • acquire basic knowledge of the ethical and legal sides of press photography at national and international levels
Learning outcome skills

The students will

  • develop basis skills in how to produce required images for the press by operating todays camera, light and image adjustment technologies
  • develop basic skills in how to get access to photo opportunities and in estimating how photographic images communicate and influence opinion


Learning outcome qualification

The students should

  • have acquired suffient knowledge and skills to operate independently as photographers in a journalistic context 
  • be able to handle all everyday challenges as a practicing press photographer on a basic level
Working and learning activities

The course provides an introduction to the physical and optical laws behind photographic image production, with practical exercises designed to explore the problems and benefits connected to these facts. The course also explores; in theory and through practical exercises the fundamental rules regarding composition of visual elements and the communicative effects of photographic images. In addition the course provides lectures in the history of photography and photo journalism, as well as basic ethics and law concerning the topic.Teaching is offered in the form of lectures, individual exercises and plenum discussions around submitted studentmade images and images produced by professional photographers; based on given criteria as found in literature on visual communication. Some lectures may take place at evening time and/or during weekends.

Assessment requirements

Each student must submit a portfolio that is to include 20 individually performed exercises; each exercise designed to explore specific challenges related to the trade of professional news photography. The total amount of images needed for a complete portfolio is in excess of 30 but less than 50. The portfolio must be submitted and accepted prior to each student’s individual examination.

Minimum number of students: 
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Irene Hillestad
This course is part of these study programs
Journalistikk, spesialisering avis/nett
Journalistikk, spesialisering tv/radio
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
Oral examinationIndividual 30MinutesA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Form of assessment:Oral examination
Duration: 30
Type of duration:Minutes
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Supported material:
Approval signature: 
Kate Kartveit