BMAVX283 – Media Video and Photography

Module code
Module title
Media Video and Photography
This course aims to develop students' practical and contextual knowledge of stills photography, and moving image making within specific media contexts such as video journalism, podcasting, video art installation, documentation, etc Through practical projects students will acquire basic skills in digital photography, video, digital processing, composition, lighting, editing, image/text relationships and reading narratives. Through examining case studies students will discuss a range of cultural issues facing photographers, videographers, and audience.
  • BM9601
NZQA Level
Level 6
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Not Web enabled
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Learning Outcomes
2.1Understand a process which advances the structured and reflective refinement of a photography and moving image project.
- employ a vocabulary for describing work
- identify the situations and issues set in the course brief
- complete self-directed research and reflect upon working processes
- demonstrate the structured resolution of a process through the generation, regeneration, manipulation and refinement of ideas
- discuss with peers and tutors the individual working process adopted
- show evidence of independent and interdependent processes for working

2.2 Understand a particular range of processes used in digital video and photography
- produce a series of photographs and video footage in which a particular range of camera techniques have been tested and controlled
- control compositional structure within the frame
- produce a series of photographs and video footage that explores and controls the qualities of light
- produce video footage and a series of edited clips.

2.3Understand a particular range of technologies used in digital image processing and output
- critically evaluate the quality of digital images
- produce a series of photographs and video segments in which image quality has been manipulated and controlled
- format digital images for a range of specific outputs

2.4Recognise the operation of meaning and narrative in media photography/video
- describe conventions employed in selected media contexts
- produce and edit a series of photographs or video segments in which narrative strategies have been tested and controlled
- employ image-text relationships appropriate to context and audience

2.5Understand relevant aspects of the contextual discourse surrounding media photography or video.
- produce written and oral analyses of selected texts, identifying relevant issues
- use writing and research to describe and analyse selected texts
- reflect critically upon relationships between representative texts, examples of work and self practice
- produce oral and written interpretations of and comparisons between selected works
- develop and test rationales for self practice

2.6Comprehend the process of graded assessment
- employ a vocabulary for describing work
- demonstrate the ability to write project objectives
- actively participate in group and class critiques
- consider and reflect upon self and peer design processes and decisions
- participate in ongoing formative assessment
- consider, discuss and document self and peer performances for graded assessment
3.1 Media Capture
Digital camera - basic operation, menu,
Exposure - light metre, shutter speed, aperture
Lens types
Quality of light: direction, intensity, soft/hard, colour temperature, beam pattern direct flash, fill flash, constant light, reflected light.
Compositional conventions - form, line, figure/field, scale, movement, focus
Screen image
Sound recording - microphones, level and controls

3.2 Digital Processing and Output
Digital file management
Basic image adjustments - colour correction and colour grading, tonal range, image manipulation, sharpness cropping.
Output specifications - file formats, RGB/CMYK, codecs and file sizes.
Basic sound enhancement and manipulaton
Media Outputs - Basic printing, Digital slideshow, moving image formatted for multiple mediums.

3.3 Production of Meaning
Planning a photographic moving image assignment
Role of photographer or videographer- observation, interaction
Composition and meaning
Interpreting photographs and video footage
Content/context issues
Photographic and video narrative - individual images, juxtaposition, sequencing
Image/text relationships, headlines, captions
Editing practices

3.4 Contextual Discourse
Analyses of media contexts: news editorial, documentary, public relations, advertising, fashion and architecture
Communicating with a range of cultures - New Zealand cultural identities, content of interest to a Maori audience, modes of address appropriate to the audience
Media ethics