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Photography BA (A), Photo History, 7.5 credits

General data

Code: FT026G
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: 3/31/2017
Date of change: 1/22/2018
Version valid from: 1/1/2018


The aim of the course is to provide a historical overview of the growth and development of photography. The purpose is to give a foundation knowledge in important movements and influences and practitioners of photography.

Course objectives

After passing the course students will be able to:
- identify significant image creators, photographs and movements in photographic history
- account for the basic development of the history of the photograph
- analyse landmark images in context to the culture of society when key images were created
- discuss and apply basic composition theory


The course covers:
- An introduction to the history of photography
- Composition theory
- Photographic methods
- Meaningful influences within photography

Entry requirements

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


The purpose of this course is to provide a knowledge base of key movements, influences and practitioners that contributed to the development of contemporary Photography.

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
4 credits, Report
2 credits, Oral presentation

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: Robert Hirsch
Title: Seizing the Light
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Routledge

Reference literature

Author: Rosenblum, Naomi
Title: World history of Photography
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.

Author: Stokstad, Marilyn, Cothren W, Michael
Title: Art History
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Pearson

Author: Ward, Peter
Title: Picture Composition
Edition: Senaste upplagan
Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Other information

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