ARCT10080 Visualisation and Photographic Technique

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module provides a theoretical and technical introduction to the use of digital photography in communication and creative representation.

The syllabus includes both the historical and theoretical context of digital photography and instruction in its practical application. While developing a critical understanding of digital image-making, the student acquires a broad range of skills including camera technique, image composition, digital image manipulation and publication.

The module is delivered through a series of lectures, workshops, field-trips and tutorials.

Students undertaking this module should have access to a digital SLR camera and laptop computer with image-editing software (adobe photoshop or similar) installed throughout the course.
Presentation programs such as powerpoint/keynote and adobe indesign are also recommended for use during the module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Demonstrate the ability to develop and visually communicate a contextual story based on a project brief.
2. Demonstrate the competence to compose, edit and publish original visual imagery using digital photographic equipment and a palette of computer-based tools.
3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary digital photographic practice.

Skills acquired in this module are transferable where generation and presentation of visual imagery is relevant. These specifically include photographic technique and computer based image-manipulation.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Field Trip/External Visits


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Active task-based learning, lectures, peer and group work and discussion. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Visualisation (ARCT1908)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Photographic Project Part 2:
Exhibition Print + Draft Photo Booklet

Photo Booklet: Digital Upload via Google Drive + Miro
Print Hand in after Physical Pin-Up in Memorial Hall.
Week 11 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Project: Photographic Project Part 3: Photo Booklet

Digital Upload to Google Drive + Miro.
(TBC: Printed Hand-In Submission for Summer exhibition)
Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Assignment 3
Digital Processing.

Digital Upload to Google Drive + Miro.
Week 6 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Assignment 2
Photographic Assignment.

Digital Upload to Google Drive + Miro.
Week 4 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Project: Photographic Project Part 1:
Project proposal and 5 initial images.

Digital Upload to Google Drive + Miro
Week 8 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Assignment 1
Camera Obscura.

Digital Upload to Google Drive + Miro.
Week 2 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Assignments 1-4 are discussed in class with group class feedback and extensive peer review and discussion. During the study break individual written feedback is given to students via email on their work to date.