- Professor Christiana Payne (Professor - Oxford Brookes University)
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Written study (500 words) Written study responding to a specific photographic object held by the School of Art Museum||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Illustrated essay (2,500 words)||80%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Written study (500 words) Written study responding to a specific photographic object held by the School of Art Museum (different object)||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Illustrated essay (2,500 words) (different question)||80%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Effectively describe photographs as visual culture and analyse them formally.
Examine photographs in their historical, national and sociopolitical contexts.
Evidence an understanding of the key principles that inform a belief in the veracity of photography and the counter-arguments to such a reading.
Frame an argument and formulate written responses to questions about photographers and photographs covered by the syllabus.
Carry out art historical research; assess and cite secondary sources using MLA conventions.
1) Magic, Alchemy and Optics
2) The Photographic Trace
3) Mapping the World, Mapping the ‘Other’
4) Victorian Underworld: Through a Lens Darkly
5) ‘Photosmagoria’: Photography, Science and the Occult
6) Examining artworks from the School of Art Museum
7) Mediums, Ghosts and the Undead
8) Essay Feedback Tutorials
9) The Hitler Avatar: Propaganda, Esoterics and the Photographic Fetish
10) Shades of Doubt: photography, documentary truth, media manipulation and historical legacies
11) Film and seminar discussion
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number|
|Communication||Lectures, seminars, note-taking, writing essays.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Written reflection on progress and understanding.|
|Information Technology||In the use of museum websites to research objects and images.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||The module will highlight the importance of picture research, visual analysis and the development of professional writing skills. It stresses that these are necessary for the development of a career as a professional art /photo historian working in museums, art galleries and in education.|
|Problem solving||In seminar preparation and discussion, essay research and writing.|
|Research skills||Through research writing a response to an image and in the essay.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Visual literacy, visual and verbal analysis; the acquisition of specialist knowledge and skills|
|Team work||In seminar discussions employing small group work.|
This module is at CQFW Level 4