Semesters

MMP306 Documentary Photography

Course code: 
MMP306
Duration: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
30
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching semester: 
2021 Spring
Program of study: 
Master in Media Practices
Assessment semester: 
2021 Spring
Language of instruction: 
English
Required prerequisite knowledge

Bachelor (BA) degree (in Arts or Humanities) or equivalent sufficient to follow a Master’s degree level of study. Verifiable practical skills in photography, and mastery of the English language sufficient to participate in dialogue lecturing. Admission will be based on study programmes and a letter of application to include reasons for applying, as well as an academic CV (all to be submitted in English), together with a portfolio of 12-15 recent photographs by the applicant relevant to the course framework. The photographs should be submitted as one PDF-file not exceeding 5 MB. Applications are to be handed in to the VUC Student Support Office by email: studentsorvis@hivolda.no. before deadline November XX, 2020. Please mark the application "MMP306". Students following relevant master programs will be given priority. Required personal equipment: Personal equipment fit for documentary photography plus access to digital photographic post-production software.

Course content

The course is designed for Master level students who wish to develop their skills as professional photographers as well as students who wish to develop their academic understanding of documentary photography. Main elements of the course will be: 1. Learning through experience – the opportunity to work on in-depth documentary projects within the boundaries of set assignments and self-directed work. 2. Learning through peer-reviewed and tutor-assessed critique within a supported academic environment.3. The opportunity to undergo in-depth research and practice within documentary photography.

Learning outcome

In accordance with the National Qualifications Framework the student will achieve the following learning outcomes after completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

The student 

  • can analyze existing theories, use methods and interpretations in the field, and work independently on practical, theoretical and ethical problems
  • can evaluate contemporary discourse on representation, technological change and ethics within documentary practice
  • can critically analyze documentary photography within both historical and theoretical frameworks and engage in self-reflection and critique
Learning outcome skills

The student

  • can analyse and deal critically with various souces of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments
  • will have conducted rigorously planned and academically informed self-directed photographic work, to industry standard, for documentary projects within an appropriate critical, contextual and theoretical framework
  • will have produced focused and self-directed written work to an academic standard based on an approved summary, framed within documentary theory or practice
  • will have learned to demonstrate a broad and clear understanding of visual storytelling, based on the experience of understanding narrative both in theory and practice
  • will have learned to demonstrate proficiency in photography, editing and "versioning" of work for different outputs
Learning outcome qualification

The student 

  • can use methods for research and scholarly and /or artistic development work in an independent manner
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics
  • will have acquired communication and advocacy skills through the experience of exploring and presenting critical research and argumentation
  • can apply her/his knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects 
Working and learning activities

Teaching is organized as a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials to take place during five gatherings, each to be held over four days. Students will complete a series of coursework requirements between the gatherings, to be handed in electronically at set deadlines or brought to class for plenary review. Submitted photographic work will be discussed both in plenary sessions and in tutorials during the gatherings, as a part of the course.

Assessment requirements

Students will complete two written assignments. One will be a short 700 review. The other will be a longer 2500 essay on an approved topic within the framework of documentary photography. In addition, students will be required to complete one short photographic assignment and one in-depth photographic project to be assessed, as the work progresses, in class and finally at the exam. It will be necessary to supply a written proposal ahead of starting the in-depth assignment, and relevant captions to the photographs must be submitted. The course has compulsory attendance of an active and engaged character. To qualify for the final exam the student will need to have attended the course for a minimum of 80% of class time in Volda.

 

Evaluation system
Minimum number of students: 
10
Maximum number of students: 
25
Person in charge: 
Stuart Franklin
This course is part of these study programs
Master in Media Practices
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
PortfolioIndividual1SemesterA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade Students will be continually assessed on work in progress by the course director. Final assessment will be based on a submitted portfolio of 15-20 photographs and an academic essay of 2500 words in English on an approved subject. One grade will be given for the photographs and the essay, judged together.
Portfolios should be submitted with captions explaining the journalistic context of each photograph.
Vurderinger:
Form of assessment:Portfolio
Grouping:Individual
Duration:1
Type of duration:Semester
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Proportion:
Comment: Students will be continually assessed on work in progress by the course director. Final assessment will be based on a submitted portfolio of 15-20 photographs and an academic essay of 2500 words in English on an approved subject.
Supported material: One grade will be given for the photographs and the essay, judged together.
Portfolios should be submitted with captions explaining the journalistic context of each photograph.
Scope:
Approval signature: 
Odd Ragnar Hunnes 21.03.20