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Undergraduate Course: Black and White Analogue Photographic Practice: The Portrait (ARTX08055)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course facilitates the acquisition of 35mm analogue black & white photographic skills in tandem with a portraiture project. The latter is non-studio based and carried out using available light or basic flash. With mentoring from staff, students choose an area of interest for exploration and produce a series of portraits on their selected theme.

Presentations from staff include an overview of historical and contemporary aspects of photographic portraiture with the aim of supporting students in the contextual positioning of their output. Students are required to keep on-going, annotated sketchbooks by way of evidencing exploration of ideas. Gallery visits where relevant work is on display are undertaken.

Technical instruction will include classes in 35mm analogue camera handling/black & white film processing/contact sheets/resin coated black and white printing/print retouching/print mounting/basic flash.
Course description The course follows a practice based / research model, delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars/tutorials, practical workshops and gallery visits.

In the early stages, course emphasis is on the acquisition of relevant basic technical skills - 35mm camera handling / film processing / contact sheets / resin coated printing / print mounting, retouching / basic flash.

Running in tandem with the above, students are introduced, via staff presentations, to historical and contemporary aspects of photographic portraiture. Students are also introduced to strategies of researching, keeping annotated workbooks.

As the course evolves, through seminars/tutorials and group discussion, increasing emphasis is placed on project content as chosen by individual students.

Aims of the course:
1 To introduce students to black and white, analogue photographic portraiture practice.
2 To facilitate the acquisition of basic black and white analogue photographic skills.
3 To promote awareness of historical and contemporary contexts in the field of photographic portraiture.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Materials costs - students are required to meet the cost of film, chemistry, photographic paper, mounting materials.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites**Art courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.**

These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the departments, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.

Please note that this course may incur materials costs & field trip costs.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. REALISE project solutions through structured methodologies.
  2. DEMONSTRATE a range of technical skills appropriate to projects.
  3. EVIDENCE critical research relevant to project themes.
Reading List
The Photograph: A Visual and Cultural History
Graham Clark. Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; 1st Edition edition (10 April 1997)ISBN-10: 0192842005

Camera Lucida
Roland Barthes. Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc (2 Nov 1999)ISBN-10: 0374521344

On Photography
Susan Sontag. Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (27 Sep 1979)ISBN-10: 0140053972

The Photographic Portrait
Robin Gillanders. Publisher: David & Charles (30 May 2004)ISBN-10: 0715316516

Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual
Henry Horenstein. Publisher: Little, Brown & Company; 2nd edition edition (27 Jun 1983)ISBN-10: 0316373141
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Interpersonal Skills /Research / Criticality
Special Arrangements Analogue 35mm cameras with standard lenses can be provided where necessary.
Study Abroad n/a
KeywordsPhotography,Black and White,35mm Camera Handling,Film Processing,Contact Sheets,Printing,Portr
Course organiserMs Catriona Grant
Tel: 0131 221 6036
Course secretaryMiss Hannah Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763
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