Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Photography 6 - Photo Directed Practice
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 5 x 1 hour seminars, 2 hours of individual tutorials per student
Practical 10 x 8 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio Submission including: Portfolio of lens-based work Notebooks and related research material Suite of 6 photographs and supporting material  50%
Semester Assessment Notebooks and related research material  25%
Semester Assessment Suite of 6 photographs and supporting material  25%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to.
a) Produce a portfolio of prints that clearly demonstrates experimentation and proficiency in processes of photography as appropriate to personal research
b) Produce a body of research that includes notebooks, drawings, written and visual material that clearly demonstrates a line of enquiry that gives expression to personal concerns and ideas
c) Produce a suite of approximately six related photographs that demonstrate specific research into a particular photo-technique, concept or line of enquiry.
d) Sustain working and resolution of photographic processes
e) Employ techniques and materials in a selective and critical manner with regard to process and subject matter
f) Identify their art practice within the context of contemporary and historical traditions of photography
g) Develop proficient patterns of working within the darkroom/digital suite with regard to issues of health and safety

Brief description

This module which runs concurrently with AR32130 Photography 5 aims to promote self-directed study and emphasises the need for sustained and focussed workshop-based activity. Tutorial support is given on a one-to-one basis and a number of demonstrations in advanced photography techniques are offered ? as required. A professional approach to photography is expected and considerable commitment outside of timetabled sessions is required if a full programme of research is to be engaged upon. For the module students are expected to research and develop a strong conceptual or thematic basis for their work using subject matter that is meaningful and important to them. Development of subject matter may derive from work carried out at Level 2 or may initiate from newly formed ideas and aspirations. Definition of appropriate subject matter is determined by discussion with the student'r tutor and a programme of research and development is then suggested and agreed. For Single honours Students, this programme of research is closely allied to work that is completed for AR30620 Research and Process in Practice and it is important to realise that one module will inform the other.Students are expected to produce a portfolio of photographs and associated notebook of process experiments, image plans, drawings, written and visual material, demonstrating both thematic and technical research and experimentation in technique, format and media. Completed photographic prints should be executed with high regard to presentation and photographic convention and wherever appropriate ? work should be fully editioned and presented in a professional manner. For Module AR32240 students are also expected to produce an additional suite of no more than six related photographic prints that result from specific research into a particular alternative photographic process, concept or line of enquiry.


This module promotes self-directed study and focuses upon the conceptual and practical aspects of art practice, the ideas and subject matter, processes, systems, frameworks and precedents governing the processes of making art. Specifically in this module, students concentrate upon developing an experimental approach to the production of photography, researching, testing out ideas, formats and methods and refining their practice in preparation for work on the final exhibition


Research and Photo-Directed Practice
  • Group Seminar: Researching Lines of Enquiry in Theme and Technique
  • *Importance of notebooks of experiments, research into appropriate modes of working
  • Photographs from the University Collection and UWA Student Archive and National Library of Wales
  • Mid Term Review and Critique of Student Work
  • Portfolio Submission and Examination Guidelines
Studio Demonstrations (as required)

The emphasis of the module is upon experimentation in a variety of photographic processes and techniques - many of which will have been experienced during Modules studied at Level 2 - and which will enable students to develop a personalised mode of working. Opportunity to learn new or more advanced skills can be arranged as required and from the following:
  • Adobe Photoshop: Digital Photography
  • Adobe Photoshop: Digital applications in alternative processes
  • Large format cameras
  • Cyanotype process
  • Van Dyke Brownprint
  • Salt Prints
  • Gum Bichromate*
  • Argyrotype

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication development and encouragement of communication skills occurs during workshop-based activity and during tutorials and group seminars
Improving own Learning and Performance development of a self-critical approach to creative working and professional conduct in the production of a portfolio of images
Information Technology development of graphic IT skills through use of digital imaging programmes such as Adobe Photoshop
Problem solving development of practical photographic skills and problem solving in aspects of light-sensitive media and through research
Research skills development of a programme of research and self directed work that provides evidence of experimental approach to light-sensitive media and gives expression to the development of a personal statement
Subject Specific Skills developing skills of alternative process portfolio production self-management, time management and use of studio facilities for completion of self-directed project work
Team work development and encouragement of team work and student interaction occurs during workshop-based activity and during tutorials and group seminars

Reading List

Recommended Text
Amelunxen, Hubertus v. edited by Iglhaut, Stefan, Rötzer, Florian in collaboration with Cassel, Alexis and Schneider, Nikolaus G. ; [translators, Pauline Cumbers ... et al.]. (1996) Photography after Photography : memory and representation in the digital age Amsterdam : G+B Arts Primo search Ang, Tom. (2003) Digital Photography : an introduction. London : Dorling Kindersley Primo search Ang, Tom. 1999 (1999) Silver Pixels : an introduction to the digital darkroom London : Argentum Primo search Barnier, John edited by (2000) Coming into Focus : a step-by-step guide to alternative photographic printing processes San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, Primo search Burgin. Victor edited by (1982) Thinking Photography London : Macmillan, Primo search Burkholder, Dan. (1999) Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing : step by step guide to affordable enlarged negatives for platinum, silver, and other printing processes. Carrollton, Tex. : Bladed Iris Press Primo search Enfield, Jill. (2002) Photo-Imaging : a complete guide to alternative processes Amphoto Books,New York Primo search Freeman, Michael. (2003) Digital Photography Special Effects London : Thames & Hudson Primo search James, Christopher. (2002) Book of Alternative Photographic Processes Albany, N.Y. Delmar Thomson Learning Primo search Lister. Martin edited by (1995) The Photographic Image in Digital Culture London ; New York : Routledge Primo search Malcolm, Janet. Diana & (1980) Nikon : Essays on the Aesthetic of Photography by. Boston : D. R. Godine, Primo search Scopick, David. (1991) The Gum Bichromate Book : non-silver methods for photographic printmaking Boston ; London : Focal Press Primo search Sontag, Susan, (1979) On Photography London : Penguin, Primo search Squiers, Carol edited by (1999) Over Exposed : essays on contemporary photography New York : New Press Primo search Van Keuren, Sarah. (1994) Non-silver Manual : cyanotype, brownprint, palladium & gum bichromate with instructions for making light-resists including pinhole photography. [Landsdown, Pa] : SVK Primo search Webb, Randall. (2000) Alternative Photographic Processes : a working guide for image makers. Rochester, N.Y. : Silver Pixel Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6