BMA0X150 – Photography: An Introduction

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Module title
Photography: An Introduction
The purpose of this module deals with fundamental aspects of photographic image-making. The emphasis is on stripping away the mystique of technicism and experiencing learning through using simple photographic process. This module emphasises the systematic exploration of ideas in photography, the acquisition of basic technical skills and the introduction of photographic conventions.
  • BM1801
  • BM1802
  • BM1901
  • BM1902
  • BM7000
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
This module deals with fundamental aspects of photographic image-making and emphasises the systematic exploration of ideas in photography, the acquisition of basic digital camera capture and workflow skills. The introduction of photographic genres allows students to focus on the development of a completed body of research-based photographic work. The course is structured to advance understanding of image-making in all students and will utilise a digital camera and image editing software. Students need have no prior knowledge of these technologies.
Learning Outcomes

2.1 Develop a process for systematically addressing visual situations discuss, reflect and
interpret design briefs participate in directed research and practical assignments
demonstrate the systematic development of a process through the generation,
regeneration, manipulation and synthesis of ideas

2.2 Understand selected research methods and their relevance to photographic practice
produce written comparisons and analyses of selected texts produce oral and written
descriptions of self practice participate in conventional presentations of outcomes
pest the use of selected methods in the production of works

2.3 Acquire knowledge of the digital camera identify and operate the relevant working parts
of the digital camera develop an understanding of the relationship between aperture
size and shutter speed to produce correctly exposed images demonstrate ability to utilise
specific camera functions

2.4 Acquire a practical knowledge of the basic digital image processes and outputs
demonstrate ability to select appropriate file format and adjust files for output utilising
Image editing software effectively implement a file management and storage system
critically evaluate the quality of digital images

2.5 Recognise compositional skills in photography observe, discuss and evaluate the
qualities of light explore and manipulate formal elements, consider issues of depth of
field, framing and placement appraise and test the effects of natural light on forms

2.6 Understand major photographic genres dentify and discuss various genres analyse
characteristics of these genres and apply to image-making explore technical aesthetic
and relationships to conceptual and pictorial development

2.7 Understand assessment methodology within the context of an educational institution
develop a vocabulary for describing work demonstrate the ability to interpret and analyse objectives participate in group and class critiques consider and reflect upon self and
peer design decisions participate in formative assessment