|Delivery length / details
|11 x 1 Hour Lectures
|Assessment length / details
|Written study (500 words) Written study responding to a specific photographic object held by the School of Art Museum
|Illustrated essay (2,500 words)
|Written study (500 words) Written study responding to a specific photographic object held by the School of Art Museum (different object)
|Illustrated essay (2,500 words) (different question)
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
|Application of Number
|Lectures, seminars, note-taking, writing essays.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Written reflection on progress and understanding.
|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.
|In seminar preparation and discussion, essay research and writing.
|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
|In seminar discussions employing small group work.
This module is at CQFW Level 4