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Undergraduate Course: Advanced Darkroom Photography (LLLA07137)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to consolidate existing skills and develop new ones to enable students to make a coherent body of photographic works which consider audiences, genres and professional contexts.
Course description Designed for students with some existing experience and knowledge in taking, developing and printing photographs, this course aims to consolidate existing skills and develop new ones to enable students to make a coherent body of photographic works which consider audiences, genres and professional contexts. The course content will be driven by the interests of individual students, to broaden their practical understanding and skills in photography as an art medium.

Outline of Content: The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.

Over the class sessions the course will cover:

Introduction to Course; Negotiate Class Timetable; A presentation of contemporary photographers and their work.
Black-and-White Darkroom Refresher; Film Processing Demonstration, Introduction/Refresher to Using Filters, Tray Printing with Resin Coated Paper and Techniques for Washing/Drying Prints.
Refining Printing Techniques. Techniques include; Tray Processing with Fibre Prints and Split Grade Printing.
Alternative printing methods including; Photograms, Solarisation and Liquid Light printing techniques.
Individual tutorials - this will be a chance to discuss work from the last four weeks. Class is given an editorial brief to complete for final session.
Investigate lighting techniques for Photographic Portraits in the Photography Department's Lightwell studio.
Demonstration - printing a Giant Photographic Enlargement (over 1 metre square).
Continue work on Self-negotiated Project. An opportunity to process any films taken over the last eight weeks.
Work on final prints for mounting.
Mounting Presentation.
Final printing session - Class Pin-up.

The Learning Experience: The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, student progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.

The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:

Ilford Multi-grade Resin coated paper
Rolls of 35mm of black and white roll film (Ilford HP5 for hand processing or Ilford XP2 for machine processing)
An A4 sketchbook or journal
Files for keeping negatives and prints.

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves:
(Estimated cost: £50-£100 depending on use, not including a SLR analogue camera)

35mm film camera preferably with manual settings

Additional recommended materials and equipment students can provide:

A range of lenses for 35mm camera
A medium format camera for studio session
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas (33.3%): Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary printing methods and the skills needed to produce high quality prints, supported by contextual research and references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Show a confidence in experimenting with various alternative photographic processes and demonstrating a knowledge for employing appropriate techniques when photographing in various controlled and uncontrolled conditions and situations.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Evidence appropriate judgement to document, select, edit and present a body coherent works, demonstrating a confidence in darkroom printing.
Reading List
Gillanders, R., 2004, The photographic portrait: techniques, strategies and thoughts on making portraits with meaning, Devon: David & Charles

Barthes, R., 1994, Camera Lucida: reflections on photography, New York: Hill and Wang
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The ability in using an analogue SLR camera to take photographs.
The ability processing and developing 35mm and 120 roll film.
The ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of analogue photography within visual culture.
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMr Benjamin McNab
Tel: (0131 6)50 8105
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