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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EXP 1006"
COURSE NAME: "Travel Photography"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Serafino Amato
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: F 9:00-1:00 PM [Course meets on: February 1, February 8, March 22 and March 29]
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 15
CREDITS: 1
PREREQUISITES: Partially on-site; refer to the complete syllabus for activity fee details
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Travel photography is the art of documenting places, people and traditions in a manner that the image itself narrates a feeling of time and place, and a portrayal of the art, and landscapes and societies it engages with. Technically, travel photography also hones skills in dealing with diverse light conditions and settings. A sense of history and observation, and an eye for composition and action are hence integral aspects of this type of photography. The course provides a practical engagement with the challenges of natural light photography, and an analytical appreciation of the language of travel reportage photography.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:

The course addresses the technical and creative aspects of travel photography in order to enable students to create their own travel reportage. Focusing on the city of Rome, on-site, practical-learning case studies will provide a range of settings, lighting conditions, and contexts through which to experience the art of reportage and travel photography.

The course is conducted over four meetings. The first three are structured as thematically and include theory and practical work; the fourth meeting is reserved for the formal presentation of this work. The course offers practice in handling technical aspects, and in how to capture both the representation and interpretation of place that constitutes the language of travel photography. 

Each student must have a digital camera with a wide lens or an optical zoom 3x or more and/or 35mm TTL camera with 28/80mm lens zoom or equivalents. A camera with functions selector M,A,S,P and a tripod is strongly recommended.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

• Practical experience in natural light and ambient photography 

• Practical experience in handling diverse interior and open air settings, including the visual impact of the texture, form and context of these 

• Awareness of how to construct a narrative or interpretative engagement in photography, be that of a location, tradition, or person 

• Insight into the language of travel reportage photography
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Attendance (contribution to on-site work and final presentation discussion) 60
Final presentation 40

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality directly addresses the question or problem raised and provides a coherent argument displaying an extensive knowledge of relevant information or content. This type of work demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate concepts and theory and has an element of novelty and originality. There is clear evidence of a significant amount of reading beyond that required for the course.
BThis is highly competent level of performance and directly addresses the question or problem raised.There is a demonstration of some ability to critically evaluatetheory and concepts and relate them to practice. Discussions reflect the student’s own arguments and are not simply a repetition of standard lecture andreference material. The work does not suffer from any major errors or omissions and provides evidence of reading beyond the required assignments.
CThis is an acceptable level of performance and provides answers that are clear but limited, reflecting the information offered in the lectures and reference readings.
DThis level of performances demonstrates that the student lacks a coherent grasp of the material.Important information is omitted and irrelevant points included.In effect, the student has barely done enough to persuade the instructor that s/he should not fail.
FThis work fails to show any knowledge or understanding of the issues raised in the question. Most of the material in the answer is irrelevant.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATION POLICY
You cannot make-up a major exam (midterm or final) without the permission of the Dean’s Office. The Dean’s Office will grant such permission only when the absence was caused by a serious impediment, such as a documented illness, hospitalization or death in the immediate family (in which you must attend the funeral) or other situations of similar gravity. Absences due to other meaningful conflicts, such as job interviews, family celebrations, travel difficulties, student misunderstandings or personal convenience, will not be excused. Students who will be absent from a major exam must notify the Dean’s Office prior to that exam. Absences from class due to the observance of a religious holiday will normally be excused. Individual students who will have to miss class to observe a religious holiday should notify the instructor by the end of the Add/Drop period to make prior arrangements for making up any work that will be missed. The final exam period runs until ____________
ACADEMIC HONESTY
As stated in the university catalog, any student who commits an act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade on the work in which the dishonesty occurred. In addition, acts of academic dishonesty, irrespective of the weight of the assignment, may result in the student receiving a failing grade in the course. Instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Academic Affairs. A student who is reported twice for academic dishonesty is subject to summary dismissal from the University. In such a case, the Academic Council will then make a recommendation to the President, who will make the final decision.
STUDENTS WITH LEARNING OR OTHER DISABILITIES
John Cabot University does not discriminate on the basis of disability or handicap. Students with approved accommodations must inform their professors at the beginning of the term. Please see the website for the complete policy.

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