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JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY

COURSE CODE: "EXP 1006"
COURSE NAME: "Travel Photography"
SEMESTER & YEAR: Spring 2021
SYLLABUS

INSTRUCTOR: Paolo Soriani
EMAIL: [email protected]
HOURS: F 9:00-1:00 PM [Course meets on: February 26, March 5, March 19, April 9]
TOTAL NO. OF CONTACT HOURS: 45
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 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. Student demonstrates passion and willing to extend knowledge and realized an excellent final proj
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.A highly competent level of performance with work that directly addresses the content of the course, with a good quantity of work produced. Student had some lack of interest and the final project was good but not so rich of contents and artistic qualities
CAn acceptable level of performance: the work shows awareness of the course content, but is very limited in quantity, quality, commitment and skill. The Final project is correct but poor in terms of creativity and technique . Student didn't attend more than Four classes.
DThe student lacks a coherent grasp of the course material and has failed to produce much work. Student didn't attend more than Five classes.
F Negligent in attendance, academic honesty, engagement with the course content, or production of work. Too many missing classes.

-ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE POLICY Students are supposed to come prepared to class and participate in all activities. Active participation is crucial, since the learning process requires considerable practice. Regular attendance is an essential component of class participation. Students are allowed three (3) absences. Additional absences will lower the participation portion of the grade considerably. Make sure your travel plans do not interfere with the class schedule. MAKE-UPS Individual arrangements for make-ups will be done only for students with medical emergencies or any other valid reasons. The Midterm and Final Exam can only be made up with approval from the Dean of Academic Affairs (Please see the John Cabot University Catalogue and Student Handbook). Please refer to the university catalog for the attendance and absence policy.
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

Session1

Meeting 1 – Friday February 26th

Meeting Place: Fiorentini Art Studio or on remote

Introduction to the field of travel photography; consideration of practical aspects; discussion of technical challenges; the storytelling; elements of visual communication


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Session2

Meeting 2 – Friday  March 5th

Meeting Place: Piazza Navona or on remote
On-site work: The human behavior and the culture of a city. How to shoot people

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Session3

Meeting 3 – Friday  March19th

Meeting Place: Campidoglio square or on remote

On-site work: Approaching Architecture and Monuments. 

Interiors and ambient light 

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Session4

Meeting 4 . Friday April 9

Meeting Place: Fiorentini Art Studio or on remote

Discussion of the works produced. This will address their technique, creativity, and engagement with the language of travel reportage. Final Project.

Conclusions.

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