GEAR 308 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Contemporary Debates and Practise in Photography
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEAR 308
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
5

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This module aims for students to gain both theoretical and practical experiences on different uses of photography by creating awareness about the contemporary approaches to it.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Will be able to read today’s photography with the knowledge of historical development of the photography.
  • Will relate the photography with fields, such as, media, art, architecture, fashion and advertising.
  • Will analyse the relationships and effects of political and cultural developments with the photography
  • Will have the skills to practise what they have learned.
  • Will be acquainted with the important figures and artists in photography history
  • Will analyse the effects of photography on mass media and communication.
Course Content This unit introduces various genres and fields of use of photography in which the themes and genres of practice units will be based on.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the course
2 Brief History and Origins of Photography History by David Bate and screening of The Genius of Photography - I (59 mins)
3 Basics - I
4 Mini Assignment No Need; will not be graded
5 Lightroom Workshop Bring your computers with Lightroom installed
6 Photojournalism and Documentary Photography - I Screening of War Photographer by Christian Frei (97 mins)
7 Photojournalism and Documentary Photography - II Photojournalism and Tabloid Press by Karin E. Becker
8 Project I (20%) Bring your cameras, make sure they’re fully charged
9 Reviews of the first project/Lecture Global Photography by David Bate and Mass Media and Mass Markets by Mary Warner Marien
10 Project II (20%) Bring your cameras, make sure they’re fully charged
11 Still Life Screening of William Eggleston in the Real World by Michael Almereyda (84 mins)
12 Project III (20%) Bring your cameras, make sure they’re fully charged
13 Reviews/Lecture
14 Project IV (20%) Bring your cameras, make sure they’re fully charged
15 Project presentation of a photographer(s) Full attendance is mandatory.
16 Class presentation and discussion of the projects Full attendance is mandatory. An external examiner(s) might evaluate your works as well.

 

Course Notes/Textbooks

• Art and Photography – David Campany

• Photography – David Bate

• The Photography Reader – Liz Wells

• Photography: A Cultural History – M. W. Marien

• Education of a Photographer –Traub, Heller & Beller *

• Another Way of Telling – John Berger & Jean Mohr *

• Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography – Roland Barthes *

   *** Related articles and/or materials will be supplied, if necessary. ***

   * Turkish translations are available.

Suggested Readings/Materials

Documentary films will be screened, when necessary.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
20
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
4
80
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
5
100
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
12
3
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
Project
4
14
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
Final Exam
    Total
140

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to define and discuss the history, underlying concepts and theories of cinema and digital media.

2

To be able to develop a storytelling idea for cinema and digital media arts by using creativity and critical thinking.

3

To be able to operate specialized technical equipment and competently use software in the fields of cinema and digital media arts. 

4

To be able to execute the main tasks in the pre-production, production and post-production of an audio-visual work at the basic level including screenwriting, production planning, operating the camera, sound recording, lighting and editing.

5

To be able to perform a specialized task at an advanced level either for pre-production, production or post-production of an audio-visual work.

6

To be able to discuss how meaning is made through works of cinema and digital media; in what ways economics, politics and culture affect visual representation; how the conditions of production, consumption, distribution and interpretation shape images.

7

To be able to perform specialized tasks for creating digital media narratives with interactive elements.

8

To be able to conduct a critical analysis of a film or a work of digital media arts from technical, intellectual and artistic points of view.

9

To be able to take individual responsibility of a film or a digital media work from scratch to product in a problem-solving manner.

10

To be able to work as a crewmember by following norms of ethical conduct and taking initiative to improve the ethical standards of his/her working environment.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Cinema and Digital Media and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest