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DP3000

 

DP3000 Professional Directions in Photography

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DP2000, DP2005; Academic Unit: 3.0]

Pre-requisite

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DP2000 DP2005

Academic Unit

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3 AU

Course Description

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Learning Objective

To introduce students to the practical and theoretical basics of the classic analogue black and white darkroom print.

Content

This course will examine the practical and commercial realities of the life of a professional photographer. Contemporary trends in the art world and the photographic market place will be examined and students will learn practical skills and knowledge that will prepare them for the commercial and fine art market. Through case studies, workshops, exercises, field trips, and guest speakers, students will learn practical skills to prepare them for a career in photography.

Course Outline

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Topic​

1

• Intro to course

2 - 6

• Commercial markets in Photography

• Running a photography studio

• Contracts and negotiations

• Editorial structure/ working with photo editors

• Developing a portfolio or website

• Alternative career options in photography

7

• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Photography’s place in the fine art world

• The structure and system of the galleries and museums

• Creating artist packets: CV/exhibition resume/ bios/ artist statement

• Preparing for exhibitions: press releases, promotion

• MFA programs and residencies

• Funding for artist and photographers

13

• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The students will have been introduced to the practice-based essentials of traditional black and white photography. The students will have acquired an understanding of tone (black and white values) that will constitute an essential component of their technical and creative toolset. The students will have acquired a comprehensive overview of film, photographic chemistry and camera use.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 30%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 70% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments

Textbooks/References

  1. • Photography’s place in the fine art world

    • The structure and system of the galleries and museums

    • Creating artist packets: CV/exhibition resume/ bios/ artist statement

    • Preparing for exhibitions: press releases, promotion

    • MFA programs and residencies

    • Funding for artist and photographers