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Short Course - Photography as Language

Open College of the Arts
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Leisure / Fun Classes
8 weeks
Online courses

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Short Course - Photography as Language

To quote the adage: "a picture is worth a thousand words". But which words?

Frederick R. Bernard probably never dreamt of digital photography and social media when he came up with his immortal line. In today’s world, the idea of photography as language is critical in considering how we share and consume information.

Photography is central in cultural representations of our mediated world. With photography accessible to anyone with a camera or smartphone, we become overwhelmed with reams of images and their messages. We can portray messages and events in carefully curated ways. Add in editing software and we can potentially distort reality. Through social media, and how we use it, we miss out the critique of an imge; what is it trying to tell us.

In this photography short course, you won’t be told what photography is. Instead you will be introduced to key approaches to thinking in photographs and making photographic work. Rather than being told what to think about photography you’ll gain the theoretical knowledge to think about and through photography. By understanding the theory you can combine this with your technical skills to take pictures of meaning.

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Course Requirements

  • 10 study hours available to dedicate per week
  • Access to desktop/laptop computer with internet access
  • Must be 18 years of age at the time of submitting the enrolment
  • Camera
  • IT literate and comfortable using web-based technologies
  • For students whose first language is not English, you must evidence English Language proficiency equivalent to B1 of Common European Framework of Reference.

Course delivery details

Your course will include video lectures, case studies, shared reflections, reading material, one to one tutorials, online group sessions and independent working.

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Open College of the Arts

We are the Open College of the Arts. An open access, distance learning provider of higher education courses based in Barnsley, UK. We were created by Michael Young in 1987, one of the founders of the Open University, to offer...

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The Michael Young Arts Centre
Room 201, DMC 02, County Way
S70 2JW Barnsley

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