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
MCS 464
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
5
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
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.
Learning Outcomes 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
X
Media and Managment 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 “What photographs look like, and of why they look that way?” The Photographer’s Eye by John Szarkowski
4 Fine Art and Photography The Camera Mind and Eye by Minor White
5 Narrative and Photography Screening of La Jetée by Chris Marker (28 mins)
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 Advertising and Fashion Photography Fashion by Susan Bright and Paris Minnesota by Alec Soth
9 Mass Media, Globalization and Photography Global Photography by David Bate and Mass Media and Mass Markets by Mary Warner Marien
10 Portraiture and the “Self” What’s in a Face? Blankness and Significance in Contemporary Art Photography by Julian Stallabrass
11 Landscape and Architecture Photography Andreas Gursky: Photographer of the Generic City by Steven Jacobs
12 Still Life Screening of William Eggleston in the Real World by Michael Almereyda (84 mins)
13 Student meetings regarding to the projects Sample proposals will be given for next week.
14 Photography Agencies: Magnum, VII, Panos and Getty Images Project proposals must be submitted this week.
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) will evaluate your works as well.
Course 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.
References Documentary films will be screened, when necessary.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

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

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
4
100
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
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
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
    Total
140

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to critically discuss and interpret the theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of media and communication discipline.
2 To have the fundamental knowledge and ability to use the technical equipment and software programs required by the mediaproduction process. X
3 To be able to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in practice. X
4 To be able to critically interpret theoretical debates concerning the relations between the forms, agents, and factors that play a role in the field of media and communication.
5 To be able to critically discuss and draw on theories, concepts and ideas that form the basis of other disciplines complementing the field of media and communication studies. X
6 To be informed about national, regional, and global issues and problems; to be able to generate problemsolving methods depending on the quality of evidence and research, and to acquire the ability to report those methods to the public.
7 To be able to gather, scrutinize and use with scientific methods the necessary data to for the processes of production and distribution.
8 To be able to use and develop the acquired knowledge and skills in a lifelong process towards personal and social goals.
9 To be able to follow developments in new technologies of media and communication, as well as new methods of production, new media industries, and new theories; and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1)
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level.
11 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X

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

 

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