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MCH8172 : Digital Mobile Photojournalism (Sem 2)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1.       To develop competence in producing still images in journalism.

2.       To shoot and edit effective, powerful photographic content using digital mobile platforms.

3.       To be able to edit that content into effective packages to visually communicate a narrative.

4.       To understand and be able to apply legal, ethical and professional standards in photojournalistic practice.

This module will give students an insight into digital mobile photojournalism and equip them with the skills and knowledge to tell stories effectively using still images.

A strong emphasis will be placed on all aspects of health and safety and working legally and ethically as a photo journalist.

Teaching will be delivered in 12 weekly three -hour blended lectures and workshops (24 hours) but students will be expected to spend the remaining 176 hours assigned to this module in self-directed learning, practice and preparing their assignments – a portfolio of work and reflexive essay.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       The role of the image
•       Composition and lighting
•       Low light and outdoor work
•       Communicating information
•       Picturing people
•       Ethics and the law
•       News photography
•       Features photography
•       Digital workflow
•       Capturing action
•       Editing and presentation

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion156:0056:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork125:0060:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study148:0048:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students need to learn the technical and journalistic skills of using mobile platforms such as cell-phones and tablets to produce, edit and display still images, both singly and in collectively, in a professional manner. This requires both instruction and practice.
They also need to develop a range of knowledge outcomes related to both professional practice in a journalistic context and to the visual grammar of the photographic image as a journalistic text.
Both these aspects of learning require instruction and guidance, self-directed study and practice. That is why the curriculum consists of lectures followed by workshops.
There is a strong element of practice in the field and self-directed study, allowing students to test their skills, explore their own learning through critical reflection and learn to synthesise theory and practice.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M70Seven individually themed sections, each of four photographs, each of which is be edited, captioned and appropriately presented
Essay2M30A 2,000 word essay in which students will reflect on, contextualise and evaluate their portfolio.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The seven portfolio elements will fall under the following themes: news; features; weather / landscape; character study; low light study; action study; group study. These categories will allow students to explore a wide range of the topics with which photojournalism is concerned and engage with the critical technical, conceptual, relational and aesthetic aspects of the module and its fields, both practical and theoretical.
The reflexive component will allow students to demonstrate their abilities to analyse, synthesise and critically evaluate their learning and demonstrate their ability to develop as reflexive practitioners.

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