PHOT501 – Photography Fundamentals

Module code
Module title
Photography Fundamentals
To introduce students to the fundamental aspects of digital photographic image making, emphasising the exploration of photography, basic digital camera capture, workflow, and image-editing software skills. The course will enable students to develop these skills to produce a body of photographic print work with supporting research.
  • BM1801
  • BM1802
  • BM1901
  • BM1902
  • BM7000
NZQA Level
Level 5
NZQA Credits
Delivery method
  • Web-Enhanced
Learning hours
Directed hours
Self directed hours
Total learning hours
Resources required
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Blended – methods will involve online activities, ePortfolio, tutorials, lectures, workshops, group activities, guest speakers, field trips, critiques, collaborative projects, as appropriate.
Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate proficiency across a range of photography procedure and skills
2. Analyse and use codes and conventions of the photographic discipline
3. Demonstrate ability to act and think through a reflective process
4. Create, develop, and integrate a broad range of content in response to a project brief
• Camera function overview
• Digital file processing to photographic print output
• Photographic composition values
• Image control through image-editing software
• Contextual research
Assessment Criteria
The portfolio is comprised of multiple components. Students need to provide sufficient evidence against all learning outcomes and gain an overall mark of 50% in order to pass this module.
Learning and Teaching Resource
• Studio and presentation spaces
• Domain-specific software and tools, including industry-spec computers.