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Photography BA (A), Introduction to Photographic Theory and Composition, 7.5 credits

General data

Code: FT030G
Subject/Main field: Fotografi
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (A)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G1F - First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Design
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 3/14/2018
Date of change: 1/31/2019
Version valid from: 1/1/2019


The aim of the course is to introduce students to the visual language of photography and related theories in terms of composition, aesthetics, representation, meaning and the image as a unified whole.

Course objectives

Upon completion of the course, the student shall be able to:
- identify meaningful theories and movements within the photographic field
- identify interactions between form and content with-in the image
- analyze images in the context of visual language
- understand the individual image as expression and the image as a part of a sequence


The course covers:
- introduction to critical theories and movements within the field of photography and imaging
- introduction to compositional awareness, form and content, as a part of visual literacy
- analysis of individual images and images in a sequence

Entry requirements

At least one year of successfully completed full-time study at university level.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The course will include lectures, seminars and practical assignments.

Examination form

1,5 credits, Seminar
2 credits, Assignment 1
4 credits, Assignment 2

Grading criteria for the subject can be found at

Unless otherwise specified, all written submissions shall be used using well-known source systems such as Harvard, Oxford (notes) or APA-Style (Harvard variant).

The examiner has the right to offer alternative examination arrangements to students who have been granted the right to special support by Mid Sweden University’s disabilities adviser.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Berger, John
Title: Ways of Seeing
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Penguin Books

Author: Suler, John och Zaka, Richard D
Title: Perception and Imaging, Photography as a Way of Seeing
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Focal Press

Author: Wells, Liz
Title: Photography a Critical Introduction
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Routledge

Reference literature

Author: Barthes, Roland
Title: Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Hill Wang

Author: Berger, John
Title: Ways of Seeing, episodes 1-4
Comment: BBC available on you tube

Author: Rosenblum, Naomi
Title: A World History of Photography
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Abbeville Press

Author: Sontag, Susan
Title: On Photography
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Other information

Eventual expenses for travel, materials and technical equipment are paid for by the student.