Short Title:Professional Photographic Practices
Full Title:Professional Photographic Practices
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:FOTO H4005
Credits: 7
Field of Study:Audio-visual techniques and media production
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Author:TOM JENNER
Module Description:The purpose of the final photography module in the programme is to foster a highly self-motivated approach enabling each student to skilfully integrate personal research and production-based practice. Students will draw from a wide range of acquired technical skills and context-based critical analysis, in order to complete a rigorous, coherent and fully resolved portfolio of photographic work, in preparation for a career within the creative digital media industry.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Pursue an independent and self-motivated approach in producing original and innovative photography of a high standard, articulating with confidence current themes and debates related to areas of individual practice.
LO2 Use a medium format digital camera to produce a commissioned advertising/editorial photograph for publicity purposes, delivered both as a high resolution pigment inkjet print and saved for web.
LO3 Understand commercial and professional requirements for working in the photographic and media/culture industries.
LO4 Prepare a photographic portfolio.

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project The project this semester will comprise of the major production-based personal work, along with supplementary production-based advertising/editorial work; presented to a high standard. Students will be required to keep a project workbook throughout the semester, which will form an intrinsic part of all project work completed. The purpose of the workbook is to give each student the opportunity to present, to a high standard, an in-depth study including all background material and supporting work involved in production (see module Content). 1,2,3,4 60.00 Sem 1 End
Project Students will write up their own notes throughout the semester, which will then be presented in the workbook (see above), detailing their contextual research, progression and development of ideas, technical notes, exhibitions and seminars attended, etc. Appropriate academic referencing and bibliographic conventions should be applied throughout. All project work will be assessed holistically under the following criteria: Concept (e.g. contextual research and understanding, development of ideas); Production (e.g. technical proficiency, working competence, creativity); Presentation (e.g. attention to detail, print quality, final presentation). 1,2,3,4 40.00 Sem 1 End
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecturer/Lab Students will attend lectures and participate in practical workshops, lecturer-supervised learning, tutorials, seminars and critiques; there may be gallery tours, guest lectures and visits to commercial labs/studios. 6.00 Every Week 6.00
Independent Learning Students will undertake independent research and related practical work outside of scheduled class times. 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Frank, Robert, 2018, The Lines of My Hand, (first published 1972), New Ed., Steidl
  • Kriebel, Sabine T. and Andrés Mario Zervigón, 2017, Photography and Doubt, Routledge
  • Pritchard, Lisa, 2017, Running a Successful Photography Business, Bloomsbury
  • Bate, David, 2015, Art Photography, Tate Publishing
  • Scott, Grant, 2015, The Essential Student Guide to Professional Photography, Focal Press
  • Cotton, Charlotte, 2014, The Photograph As Contemporary Art, 3rd Ed., Thames and Hudson
  • Levi Strauss, David 2014, Words Not Spent Today Buy Smaller Images Tomorrow: Essays on the Present and Future of Photography, Aperture
  • Parr, Martin and Gerry Badger, 2014, The Photobook: A History, Volume 3, Phaidon
  • Scott, Grant, 2014, Professional Photography: The New Global Landscape Explained, Focal Press
  • Thomas, Gwen and Ella Leonard, eds., 2014, Beyond the Lens: Rights, Ethics and Business Practice in Professional Photography, 4th Ed., Association of Photographers
  • Foster-Rice, Greg, and John Rohrbach 2013, Reframing the New Topographics, University of Chicago Press
  • Gronert, Stefan and Lothar Schirmer, 2009, The Dusseldorf School of Photography, Thames and Hudson
  • Nordstrom, Alison and Britt Salvesen, eds., 2009, New Topographics, (first published 1975), Steidl
  • Parr, Martin, and Gerry Badger, 2006, The Photobook: A History, Volume 2, Phaidon
  • Adams, Robert, 2004, Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values, Aperture
  • Grundberg, A, 2004, Crisis of the Real: Writings on Photography Since 1974, 2nd Ed., Aperture
  • Parr, Martin, and Gerry Badger, 2004, The Photobook: A History, Volume 1, Phaidon
  • Phillips, Christopher., ed., 1989, Photography in the Modern Era: European Documents and Critical Writings, 1913-1940, Aperture
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
  • Aperture - international journal specialising in photography, quarterly journal
  • British Journal of Photography, monthly journal
  • Source - magazine of contemporary photography in Britain and Ireland, quarterly journal
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HAVAB_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Creative Digital Media 8 Elective