Course detail

Studio I - Photography - winter

FaVU-B1FO-ZAcad. year: 2019/2020

Assignments: Camera obscura, photogram, collage
Semestrial work - “good / bad” photography
Major work - exhibition series for the semester exam.
+ Spontaneous exercises (tasks will be given during the learning process, intended for all students except those who are fully dedicated to their own work)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will master the black-and-white analog photography through practical experience with old photographic techniques. They will have to accomplish the given assignments creatively and innovatively.


Interest about medium, collaboration and spiritual attitude towards photography. Knowledge about digital and analogue techniques. Maximum devotion to the field of photography and self reflection.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Arnheim, Rudolf: Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye. University of California Press, Berkeley, 1974 (EN)
Barthes, Roland: Světlá komora - poznámky k fotografii, Agite/Fra, 2005 (CS)
Berger, John: O pohledu, Agite/Fra, 2009 (CS)
Birgus, Vladimír Mlčoch, Jan: Česká fotografie 20. století: průvodce. Praha, KANT, 2005 (CS)
Rosenblum, Naomi: A World History of Photography, New York, 1989 (EN)
Sontagová, Susan: O fotografii, Barrister & Principal, Paseka, 2002 (CS)
Warner Marien, Mary: Photography: A Cultural History, Laurence King Publishing, London, 2002 (EN)
Wells, Liz (ed.), Photography: A Critical Introduction, London and New York: Routledge, 2nd edn, 2000 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Introduction seminar, team building activities, discussions with the aim to analyze reasons why to study photography.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

credits and exam

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

We will focus on the basics of analogue photography, formal and technical aspects. Part of the course will be exercises, semestrial task and students' major project.
Semestrial work - good / bad photography.
Each week will be held mandatory studio meetings, individual consultations and discussions about students' major work.
Assignments and topic of semestrial work might change during the study process.


The basic experience with analog photography. To understand and explore different approach from the digital photography.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme VUB Bachelor's

    branch VU-IDT , 1. year of study, winter semester, 15 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


156 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer