JCU Logo

JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "AS 345"
COURSE NAME: "The Photo-book "
SEMESTER & YEAR: Fall 2019
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Jochem Schoneveld
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: T 9:00-11:45 AM
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: One previous course in photography
OFFICE HOURS:

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course focuses both on the creation of photographs and on their presentation in book format. A photo-book is a book in which the primary message is carried by photographs; through its design and the choice of its images the book is itself an expressive artistic medium. The course examines the contemporary status of the photo-book as well as the rich history of the medium. It explores the processes of creating a personal photographic vision, and guides students in producing a final collaborative photo-book.
SUMMARY OF COURSE CONTENT:
This course examines the process of creating a personal photographic vision and aesthetic sensibility. We will dive into the history and the future of the photobook to create a clear understanding of historical and contemporary issues in the medium. Topics of discussion will focus on the important cultural, aesthetic and technical considerations in the creation of the photobook. We will analyse examples of successful photobooks.
Collaboration is essential in this course. Critical analysis in the production and interpretation of photographs will eventually lead to a final collaborative book and website.”
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
By the end of this course, students will have a thorough understanding of the history and current state of the photographers book. Students will have better awareness of the interpretation of a portfolio of photos. Collaboration is essential in this course. Critical analysis in the production and interpretation of photographs will eventually lead to a final collaborative book and website.
TEXTBOOK:
NONE
REQUIRED RESERVED READING:
NONE

RECOMMENDED RESERVED READING:
NONE
GRADING POLICY
-ASSESSMENT METHODS:
AssignmentGuidelinesWeight
Attenddance 30
Assignments 30
Final Book 40

-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:
AWork of this quality shows excellent mastery of the course content along with exceptional levels of technical skill, artistic awareness, originality, resourcefulness, commitment, quantity of work and improvement. There has been excellent collaboration and leadership in group projects, and there have been no attendance problems.
BA highly competent level of performance with work that directly addresses the content of the course, with a good quantity of work produced.
CAn acceptable level of performance: the work shows awareness of the course content, but is very limited in quantity, quality, commitment and skill.
DThe student lacks a coherent grasp of the course material and has failed to produce much work.
FNegligent in attendance, academic honesty, engagement with the course content, or production of work.

-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.

SCHEDULE

Session 1:       Introduction Course
Session 2:       Introduction to photography (Camera obscura, Daguerre, Cameras and Lenses)
Session 3:       History of the photobook
Session 4:       Fieldwork and collecting ideas
Session 5:       Photobook and Design
Session 6:       Working with Indesign and Photoshop for the creation of photobooks
Session 7:       Midterm test: Write a critique of a photographer's portfolio
Session 8:       Fieldwork and further development of book project ideas
Session 9:       First mock-up of the photobook in Indesign
Session 10:     The workflow from screen to print
Session 11:     Printing the mockup
Session 12:     Fieldwork and finalizing ideas
Session 13:     Editing the book part 1
Session 14:     Editing the book part 2