Undergraduate Degree



DP2000 Photo Imaging I : Black and White Film Photography

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: NIL; Academic Unit: 3.0]  

 Academic Unit                         :           3 AU

 Pre-requisite                            :           NIL

 Course Description                 :


Learning Objective

To introduce students to the fundaments of camera use. Through a study of traditional wet darkroom techniques: to introduce students to the technical basics of photography. To introduce students to the practice and value of making aesthetic choices in the making of their photographs.



This course will introduce to the students the principles of black and white photography. They will learn all aspects of a traditional wet darkroom such as development, printmaking and proper use of chemicals. Lectures, demonstrations, critiques and hands-on practice will clarify techniques, while encouraging creative approaches to making photographic images. There will be slide lectures to introduce students to photographers of historical relevance. Assignments and projects will allow students to explore content, make aesthetic choices and learn how to better articulate their ideas through the medium of photography.


Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6


• The c​amera

    - Understanding F-stop and Shutter Speed, Film Speed

• The Darkroom: Processing

    - Film processing, Chemical, Developer, Stop bath, fixer, contact prints

    - Enlarge to 8x10 inch print


• Mid Sem review of Assignments

8 - 12


• The Self-portrait

• The Darkroom: Printing

    - Enlargers, dodging, burning, and photo retouching

• Develop a personal body of work


• Final review of assignments


Learning Outcome

The students will have developed an introductory experience with photographic practice and be equipped, both technically and critically, to begin to develop their own expressive approach in the use of this medium.


Student Assessment

a.          Continuous Assessment: 100% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

1)  Short Assignment. Students are expected to respond to a theme requiring them to make a series comprising of 3 images (20%)

2)   Final Assignment. Students are expected produce a self-initiated photo series requiring them to make between 10 to 15 images (50%)

3)     Studentship. Students are expected to maintain a level of studentship pertaining to responsible usage of the facilities and equipment in the darkroom, as well as maintaining cleanliness in the class (15%)

4)    Class Participation. Students are expected to demonstrate active class participation during discussions and critique sessions (15%)




a.          Barbra London, Photography, Prentice Hall

b.          Alan Trachtenberg (Ed), Classic Essays on Photography, Leetes Island Books

c.          Susan Sontag, On Photography, Penguin Books Ltd​