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CEA Partner Institution: Anglo-American University
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Primary Subject Area: Journalism
Other Subject Area: Photography
Instruction in: English
Course Details: Level 200
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 42
Additional Fee: $45.00
Additional Fee Description:* An additional course fee of approximately CZK 1000 is charged to cover expenses associated with this course. Amount in USD is estimated and is subject to change based on exchange rate.
This introductory photo course will focus on learning the techniques, skills and basic building blocks needed to produce visual stories for today's digital media. Much of the course will be taught as a hands-on workshop which will incorporate camera basics, lighting, composition, photo reproduction and ethical decision-making. Students will learn to create compelling images in order to tell stories visually, where to find them and how to edit, caption, keyword, organize and present them professionally for publication. We will explore the history, including economic and technological factors, that have brought Photojournalism where it is today. The major events and iconic figures, both current and past, that have shaped the profession will be presented through video documentaries, slideshows and online readings. Students will learn through in-class deadline exercises, weekly photo assignments, as well as readings and quizzes that will make up the bulk of the course, with a final long-term essay due as the final exam. Each class we will discuss current news events, how they are covered visually, critique and discuss assignments produced for the course and work on technique. Because the course focuses on independent photo production, students are highly advised to use their own DSLR or equivalent (mirrorless) digital camera, smartphones, or other recording devices and MacBooks or PCs with photo editing software, as we will be using them each week for assignment work.