Visual Theory 1

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311VTH1 ZK 2 2T anglicky zimní i letní

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Jméno vyučujícího (jména vyučujících)

Výsledky učení dané vzdělávací složky

  1. To present and build a basic working vocabulary with which to discuss, and write about, the way visual images, particularly photographs, are constructed;
  2. For students to be able to identify and understand the visual functions of each of these elements in terms of their desired effect or impact on viewers;
  3. For students to analyze, explore and question:
  1. To consolidate the above material in the context of contemporary uses of images.

Forma studia

The course is in lecture/seminar format and illustrated with photographic and cinematographic examples from both classical and contemporary image-makers.

Lectures follow a class textbook written by the instructor (Lazroe, Beth, Photography as Visual Communication, A Curriculum, FAMU, Prague, 1998, 2 reprints) according to the weekly schedule. You will find an e-copy at the top of the course e-learning page. Depending on quarantine levels, hard copies may be purchased through the FAMU International office on the fourth floor.

Předpoklady a další požadavky

Students are expected to be able to write in coherent, comprehensible English and have a basic understanding of how to write essays in paragraph form. The overall level of understanding should be the equivalent of the IELTS 6 or CAE examinations; the actual examinations are not required.

Obsah kurzu

This course explores how visual images (concentrating mainly on photographs and film images) are constructed. It analyses the use of various aesthetic and design elements used by image-makers and the effects of these elements on the viewer. It is in lecture/seminar format in which students are given practical as well as theoretical exercises to enable them to experience the effects of these dynamics for themselves.

Doporučená nebo povinná literatura

Lazroe, Beth, Photography as Visual Communication, a curriculum, FAMU, Prague, 1998 plus reprints. Available online and in the FAMU International Office.

Recommended Reading

  1. Lazroe, Beth, Perception, Culture, Representation and the Photographic Image, World Young Photography, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 1997.
  2. Hall, Stuart, Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. Milton Keynes: The Open University, 1997.
  3. Berger, John, Ways of Seeing, BBC and Penguin Books Ltd., London 1972.
  4. Fiske, John, Introduction to Communications Studies, 2nd edition, Routledge, London and New York, 1990.
  5. Price, Stuart, Media Studies, Pitman Publishing, London, 1994.
  6. Time-Life Books, The Art of Photography, Time-Life International (Nederland), 1973.
  7. Webster, Frank, The New Photography, Responsibility in Visual Education, John Calder, London, Riverrun Press, New York, 1985.

Library sections: Communications and media, Photography, Culture, Visual Culture, Social groups/classes, Visual/Cultural Anthropology.

Hodnoticí metody a kritéria

Assessment will be based on (1) how well students are able to apply the material presented and discussed each week in lecture to images and, for the mid-semester essay/seminar assignment, chosen and written about by the students; and (2) a final examination essay, to be developed related to lecture material and illustrating points and ideas with professional images of students' own selection.

Because (1) requires class participation - without which students will not understand the methodology and, therefore, the requirements for the written work for both the mid-semester assignment and the final essay exam - attendance/engagement is an integral part of this grade.

The mid-semester essay/seminar is based on the preceding classwork and textbook chapters; students will either take or submit published photographs, film stills or other 2D images of their choice, together with a short essay. Because these images for this assignment will be used in seminar the following week, the materials are required to be submitted on time.

Students are expected to inform the lecturer in advance if they will be late in fulfilling an assignment (up to one week after it is due); late work will not be accepted unless this is done. Students who do not submit the mid-semester assignment in time to have it assessed before the end of semester will additionally be ineligible to take the final exam. Please pay attention to this.

Students are also expected, as a basic courtesy, to inform the lecturer in advance if they expect to be late or absent, or the absence will not be excused. A maximum of 3 absences is permitted; more than this is at the discretion of the instructor. Otherwise, students may not be allowed to take the final exam, resulting in receiving no credit for the course.

Recordings of the Zoom class meetings will be made available within a week after the class. These are copyrighted and students are expected not to share the materials with anyone not enrolled in the course.

Mobile telephones except in emergency situations and by prior arrangement will not be tolerated in class.

Criteria: Mid-semester Essay and Final Essay Examination

All images submitted for these assignments – the mid-semester essay is to give students practice in written visual analysis and the course methodo Criteria logy, in preparation for the final examination –should be in hard copy (for face2face students), at least A4 (8x10 inches) photocopies. All images must include citations; terminology from the lectures/coursebook may not be Googled or used in image or film titles or titles of books/publications for relevant examples. “How-to” books or textbooks are not acceptable as relevant sources. Written essays must be typed, double-spaced, 14 pt Times New Roman. If this is not adhered to, the essay will not be marked.

Both the mid-semester essay and final examination essays must be written coherently and in paragraph form, with page numbers and the images coded.

If in hard copy, all materials must be properly packaged in plastic folders or envelopes – no paper clips; loose pages will not be accepted (face2face students).

If for some reason you are unable to submit the assignments/exam in the e-learning, submit it to the Instructor’s email.

All of the above conditions must be met for the assignments to be accepted. As stated above, students who fail to submit the mid-semester essay assignment, and/or do not attend classes or engage with the instructor in a way that demonstrates class involvement, will not be permitted to sit the final exam.

Assessment and Final Grade

The course grade will be calculated as follows:

-Attendance – 10%

-Assignments/class participation – 40%

-final essay examination – 50%


CET Program Note: The subject consists of 28 contact hours in Spring 2022, recommended transfer to 2 US credits.

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