Course plan

Syllabus Photography BA (A), Introduction to Photography and Research, 7.5 credits

General data

  • Code: FT032G
  • Subject/Main field: Fotografi
  • Cycle: First cycle
  • Progression: (A)
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Design
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
  • Established: 2/25/2019
  • Date of change: 11/26/2020
  • Version valid from: 1/1/2021


The aim of this course is for students to aquire foundational knowledge of established and emerging photographic research methods.

Course objectives

After passing the course students will:
- be able to identify and apply established and emerging photographic research methods
- recognize what situations are best suited for using photographic research methods
- recognize ethical concerns when applying photographic research methods.


The course deals with:
- Introduction to established research methods such as photo documentation, photo-elicitation, photo-voice and photo essay
- Introduction to the evolving field of photography as research.

Selection rules and procedures

The selection process 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

I100: Assignment 1, 1.0 hp
Grade scale: Fail (U) or Pass (G)

I200: Assignment 2, 1.5 hp
Grade scale: Fail (U) or Pass (G)

I300: Assignment 3, 2.0 hp
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

T100: Take-home-test, 3.0 hp
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Grading criteria for the subject can be found at

Unless otherwise specified, all written submissions shall be using source systems such as APA-Style

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

Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Other information

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

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Rose, Gillian
  • Title: Visual Methodologies: An introduction to researching with Visual Materials
  • Publisher: SAGE publications
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Author: Read, Shirley och Simmons, Mike
  • Title: Photographers and Research The role of research in contemporary photographic practice
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Author: Fox Anna, Caruana Natasha
  • Title: Research in Photography Behind the Image
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan