Spring 2022 - CA 365 D100

Methods and Concepts: Photo-based Practices (3)

Class Number: 8036

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    GCA 2345, GOLDCORP

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 160. A course materials fee is required.



Presents photo-based practices as they relate to practical, conceptual, aesthetic and historical issues in contemporary art. Additional assignments will be required for students taking the course at this level. Students with credit for FPA 365 may not take this course for further credit.


This studio course is a technical, historical, and conceptual introduction to photography. It offers students digital photography production experience and immerses them in the discourses surrounding contemporary photography theories and practices.
No prior experience is required as this course is intended to prepare students for further exploration of the potential of the medium of photography.


Based on lectures, discussion, tutorials and software training students will:

  • Have knowledge of key historical, critical, and theoretical developments pertaining to photography.
  • Acquire a range of technical skills including camera controls, shooting techniques, lighting, editing, and printing photographs.
  • Learn about significant photography works and photographers from diverse background.
  • Understand the potential of the medium of photography and its relation to other forms of art.
  • Be able to apply their knowledge to conceptualize and produce a professional body of photography work and incorporate that with other media.
  • Develop the skill of critically seeing and analyzing photography works within historical and cultural context.
  • Acquire theoretical and critical terminology relevant to photography.
  • Ability to present their work and critically engage with their colleagues works.


  • Project #1 15%
  • Project #2 20%
  • Research/Presentation 20%
  • Project #3 - Final 25%
  • Participation - quizzes 10%
  • Exercises (in and out of class) 10%


  • A digital camera with manual control functions (Some digital cameras are available at the school sign-out office).
  • External hard drive, at least 500 GB.
  • SD or CF card and card reader for transferring digital files from the camera to the Media Lab.



Assigned readings will be provided as PDF files or through library links.

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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.