Course

Documentary Photography

Documentary Photography
© David Griffiths
Documentary Photography
© Jon Roberts
Documentary Photography
© Michael Paul

Examining its history and practice, this course focuses on the use of visual narrative in documentary photography. Looking at the work of photographers in this tradition, as well as exploring further practical techniques, students will research, plan and present a personal photography project or photo story.

The aim of this short course is to:
Develop an understanding of the history, underlying concepts and practice of documentary photography. This course will develop the student’s ability to identify a topic, research, plan, and undertake a documentary photography project that develops a specific line of enquiry. The student will gain skills in interpreting the work of others practicing within the documentary field, and they will develop the ability to critically reflect on and interpret their own images within the wider context of documentary practice. This course will develop an understanding of the communicative and narrative potential of photography, alongside a practical ability to present a photo-essay that demonstrates sound judgements in accordance with the basic theories and concepts of their subject of study.

The course is accredited by Cardiff Metropolitan University, to the value of 20 Higher Education credits at Level 4. Students who wish to obtain the accreditation must submit a portfolio and workbook at the end of the course and achieve a Pass grade. Submitting work for accreditation is not compulsory.