C00847 UAL L2 Certificate in Photography

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Tutor: Zig Mroz

Start date: Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Deadline: Wednesday 19th June 2019

Unit 2: The Photographic Project – Dreams/Reality

Learning Outcome 1 (LO1)

Understand photographic research.

1.1 Identify a subject for a photographic project.

1.2 Carry out research for a photographic project.

Learning Outcome 2 (LO2)

Be able to produce a photographic project.

2.1 Identify photographic resources to complete a photographic project.

2.2 Produce photographic images to meet identified goals.

2.3 Identify presentational forms for a photographic project.

2.4 Assess the photographic project.

Learning Outcome 3 (LO3)

Understand photographic practice and health and safety procedures.

3.1 Identify and use safe working practices in a photographic project.


The aim of Unit 2 is to explore photographic techniques studio or location based in order to develop ideas.


By the end of the project you will be able to plan, develop and evaluate your photographic practice in response to suggested theme and demonstrate safe working practice when using a camera.

Context: The theme for this project is Dreams/Reality. By researching artists and photographers, you are to produce a set of images which show an experimental approach, and investigate the line between dreams and reality. It’s an opportunity to get creative and use your imagination! Use the photographic techniques you have learned during the past two terms (either studio or location) to produce a set of around 5 photographs. You are expected to develop a body of work which explores and analyses materials and techniques.

You need to show your investigations clearly in your sketchbook/blog as well as your editorial decisions.


Task 1 (AC 1.1, 1.2)

Research other artists’ work. Analyse the way ideas, materials and techniques can be used to inform your own practice. This task is on-going throughout the project. Research the work of at least 3 artists in preparation for the work on the project.

Task 2 (AC 2.1, 2.2)

Develop your ideas of ‘Dreams – Reality’ using your early research as the starting point. It will involve making a series of test shots, and analysing your images in the sketchbook/blog. 

Task 3 (AC 2.3)

Further develop your ideas within your sketchbook/blog and be inventive with your visualisation. Experiment with materials alongside your development of ideas recording your observations and tests.  Be exhaustive in your investigation of materials and techniques and continue to research artists and designers.

Task 4 (AC 2.3, 2.4)

Complete and present the series of works from your developed ideas and material research. These works should clearly communicate your intentions. Consider and explore alternative presentation and printing techniques. You should experiment with different ways of making and presenting the work through investigating materials and media. Reflect upon peer feedback received in the class.

Task 5 (AC 2.4, 3.1)

Assess your outcome. Consider the processes you used during the work on the project, your use of materials and how the work evolved, include any technical issues that you had to deal with as you worked on the project. Observe and annotate all health and safety considerations as you work on the project.

Taught Sessions / Themes

These sessions will be taught through a series of lectures, workshops and tutorials. Working from both primary and secondary sources you will have initial seminars where you will use a range of camera functions and techniques.

At the end of this project you should be aware of major camera components; how to prepare the camera for work; focal length; aperture; distance to the subject; depth of field; angle of view and explore and experiment with shutter speed to record movement.

Key Targets

  • Make studies, written notes and research notes in your workbook/sketchbook/blog and show evidence that you can comment critically on your own work
  • Use a variety of photographic techniques and materials that should be evident in your workbook through images, research and comments. All your intermediate stages of the project should be recorded in the workbook.
  • Experiment with a variety of approaches to the topics to reflect the topic of the project in an individual manner.
  • Review your own strengths and weaknesses and how you might improve them required for your personal development and communication style.
  • Observe health and safety procedures related to location photography

Evidence Required

  • Series of at least 5 images.
  • Sketchbook /Blog should include:
  • annotated research into at least 3 photographers and/or artists relevant to the theme
  • development of ideas and your editorial process
  • assessment of own work looking at strengths and weaknesses and visual language
  • Health and safety considerations annotated through the project


To achieve a PASS for each unit, all assessment criteria must be met. Feedback will be giving during all sessions and tutorials.

Suggested Resources

Library, internet, site visits, exhibitions, museums etc.

Photographers you might include in your research: Cindy Sherman, Gregory Crewdson, Duane Michals, Jeff Wall, Vincent Laforet (tilt & shift technique), Jenny Saville (Closed Contact series), Bruce Nauman (Study of Holograms series), Sam Taylor-Woods, William Eggleston, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sarah Moon, Joel Sternfeld, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, Francesca Woodman, Ernst Haas, Alex Prager, Juno Calypso, Lorenzo Vitturi

Fine Art movements such as Surrealism (Salvador Dali, Man Ray) and the work of fine artists like Francis Bacon.


Peterson, Bryan, Learning to See Creatively

Cameron, Ian, Transient Light: A Photographic Guide to Capturing the Medium

Bright, Susan, Art Photography Now

Barnbaum, Bryan, The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression


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