Course Outline

DES204 Photographic Narratives

Course Coordinator:Tricia King (tking2@usc.edu.au) School:School of Business and Creative Industries

2022Semester 1

USC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Online

Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

This course is designed to advance your proficiency in photography and will concentrate on theoretical and practical approaches to mastering camera use and understanding subject. The emphasis will be on developing a photographic narrative to your work and comprehensively extending your visual literacy skills.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – (Asynchronous) Learning Materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus workshop 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – All cohort on-campus and online seminar 3hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) 2 times
Online
Learning materials – (Asynchronous) Learning Materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online workshop 2hrs Week 1 10 times
Seminar – All cohort on-campus and online seminar 3hrs Throughout teaching period (refer to Format) 2 times

Course Topics

Visual literacy; reading images; documentary genres; ethics; portraiture; photo essay; narrative photography; studio lighting.

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Understand the ethical and professional implications of photography and its relationship to image making. Knowledgeable
Ethical
2 Analyse the role of images within the broader framework of contemporary society and apply this to your photographic practice. Knowledgeable
Ethical
3 Develop the capacity to see and capture good image making opportunities. Creative and critical thinker
Empowered
4 Apply critical photographic principals to comprehend varying functions of capture and output including understanding diverse technical situation and post-production processes and software. Knowledgeable
5 Evaluate, explain and communicate clearly the processes, problems and successes of your photography. Knowledgeable
Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

Not applicable

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Formative reviews will be ongoing each week as part of the weekly sharing and critique sessions.  This will start in week three.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 30%
Provide 6 hi-res digital images and written reflective journal.
Week 5 Online Submission
All 2 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 35%
10 hi-res digital images, artist statement and written process journal
Week 9 Online Submission
All 3 Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece Individual 35%
6 high resolution digital images and written reflective journal
Week 13 Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:The Transformative Power of Photography and Text
Goal:
Language is a powerful tool and its use in combination with visual imagery in art has a long history. This assignment will explore different ways in which adding text can support your images and allow you to use textual elements to draw in new ideas, alternative perspectives or quite simply reiterate the message your image is communicating.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Format:
Using a diverse range of approaches, create 6 images which explore the use of text both within and outside the image to create a strong unified narrative. 

Create a reflective journal to accompany the images which will show documentation of the creative and technical photographic process. Ensure you are sourcing and referencing scholarly readings and methodologies associated with production of exploratory, inspirational, developmental, technical and creative work. Write an overall rationale which reflects upon your work. Support material for writing a rationale and creating your journal will be included in your learning materials. Submit your images and your journal with last page via the Learning Management System.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Understand the ethical and professional implications of photography and its relationship to image making.
1
2
Understand how to develop the capacity to see and capture good image making opportunities.
3
3
Apply critical photographic principals to comprehend varying functions of capture and output including understanding diverse technical situation and post-production processes and software.
4
4
Evaluate, explain and communicate clearly the processes, problems and successes of your photography.
5
5
Create informed responses to the challenge of incorporating textual elements in your work, recognising their context in the broader framework of society and photographic practices.
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Photo narratives- telling the story
Goal:
To document an industry, social, cultural event to communicate a story.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Format:
1.	Create a narrative of an authentic industry/social/cultural experience, or document a community organisation, a plight or affirmative action within a local community, design/advertising studio/food etc or an occurrence of your choosing: you must choose one event/organisation only but do connect with your lecturer to discuss your choice. 

•	Choose 10 high-resolution images from your shoot that best depicts the strongest narrative to communicate your story.

•	Create a PDF which shows the order and layout of the images to tell the story

Create a reflective journal to accompany the images which will show documentation of the creative and technical photographic. Ensure you are sourcing and referencing scholarly readings and methodologies associated with production of exploratory, inspirational, developmental, technical and creative work. Write an overall rationale which reflects upon your work. Support material for writing a rationale and creating your journal will be included in your learning materials. Submit your images and your journal with last page via the Learning Management System.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Understand the ethical and professional implications of photography and its relationship to image making.
1
2
Understand how to develop the capacity to see and capture good image making opportunities.
3
3
Apply critical photographic principals to comprehend varying functions of capture and output including understanding diverse technical situation and post-production processes and software.
4
4
Evaluate, explain and communicate clearly the processes, problems and successes of your photography.
5
5
Understand the role of images within the broader framework of contemporary society and apply this to your photographic practice.
2
6
Be able to communicate to others, organise, offer direction, and create the desired aesthetic outcome for photography.
5
All - Assessment Task 3:Beyond Face Value - Creative Portraiture
Goal:
Examine photographic representation through portraiture by comparing and contrasting different ways of representing the same person.  Compare the difference between taking a portrait with natural light to highlight a model's inherent character/personality to creating a constructed character/personality using props and studio settings.
Product: Artefact - Creative, and Written Piece
Format:
This assessment allows you to explore different ways of representing your subject.  You will use both studio and natural lighting to achieve 6 different portraits (3 natural, 3 studio) and create a scholarly and reflective journal which articulates your process.

You will use the same model for your studio and natural lighting portraits however the aim is to show radically different sides of their characters.

Create a reflective journal to accompany the images which will show documentation of the creative and technical photographic. Ensure you are sourcing and referencing scholarly readings and methodologies associated with production of exploratory, inspirational, developmental, technical and creative work. Write an overall rationale which reflects upon your work. Support material for writing a rationale and creating your journal will be included in your learning materials. Submit your images and your journal with last page via the Learning Management System.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Understand the ethical and professional implications of photography and its relationship to image making.
1
2
Apply critical photographic principals to comprehend varying functions of capture and output including understanding diverse technical situation and post-production processes and software.
4
3
Evaluate, explain and communicate clearly the processes, problems and successes of your photography.
5
4
Understand the role of images within the broader framework of contemporary society and apply this to your photographic practice.
2
5
Be able to communicate to others, organise, offer direction, and create the desired aesthetic outcome for photography.
3 5

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Student must have access to DSLR/mirrorless camera and lenses.
This course requires some commercial software or hardware which is provided at USC campuses for student use. If you elect to do this course online, you may either; attend a campus at which it is available, discuss alternative open source solutions with your course coordinator that would enable you to demonstrate the learning outcomes, or if you prefer you may acquire this software and / or hardware at your own expense.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

If you require additional assistance, the Learning Advisers are trained professionals who are ready to help you develop a wide range of academic skills. Visit the Learning Advisers web page for more information, or contact Student Central for further assistance: +61 7 5430 2890 or studentcentral@usc.edu.au.

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