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The course will explore digital camera creative controls, as well as digital image enhancements, adjustments and processing for photography. Students will be introduced to the elements of a photographic visual language and how concepts, ideas, and mood, can be communicated through photography. The course will include both a range of creative photography project work and computer-based work, using PhotoShop. After introductory photography assignments, students will research, photograph, print, edit and present a personal digitally-based photography project. The course will also enable students to consider the work of a range of contemporary photographers, artists and designers working with photography.
No previous experience required.
Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:
Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:
(Estimated cost: £100 - £300 depending on usage)
The course teaching is delivered over weekly class sessions totalling 27.5 hours. Depending on the specific timetable of the occurrence of the course, this will either be delivered over ten weeks of 2.75 hour class sessions, eleven weeks of 2.5 hour class sessions or five weeks of 5.5 hour class sessions. Over the class sessions the course will cover:
This course will be based and delivered in specialist art studios and digital workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration.
Each week, students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor who will negotiate and agree a ‘directed study plan’ for work to be undertaken out with the class hours each week. This will include researching a range of suggested artists or designers and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness of the discipline being taught as well as how to annotate and evidence this within a sketchbook and practical outcomes.
Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.
By the end of the course, through attending classes and engaging in directed and independent study, students should be able to:
Research and explore a range of photographic vocabularies such as light, shadow, tone, surface, composition, colour, contrast, focus and crop as a means to communicate creative ideas.
Use a range of digital camera manual and automated creative controls, and use digital imaging software as a digital darkroom, to achieve photographic goals.
Demonstrate the ability to edit, print, and present a personal digitally-based photography project.
All practice-based art and design 10 credit courses are assessed by the submission of a portfolio of visual art and/or design works within the discipline studied. This will include a selection of resolved art and/or design works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness through a completed sketchbook and/or visual journal. The work must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class. Typically, this will comprise:
The combined submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, you must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
If you choose to study for credit you will need to allocate significant time outwith classes for coursework and assessment preparation. Credit points gained from this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education.
Please contact Art and Design Studies on 0131 650 4400 if you think you have any specific study requirements that may need to be put in place to enable you to study an Art and Design Studies course. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.