350MC Working with Photography in Context – Lecture 2

On Tuesday 7th October 2014, I attended a day of lectures for my 350MC Working with Photography in Context module. We started the day with a simple introduction to the module where we discussed the symposium, the learning outcomes, and what we’re being assessed on for the module. We were then told that we’d be split into Genre Groups for our symposium in order to discuss our topics with people looking at similar themes, and Working Groups in terms of the production of the Symposium Event. We then spent the rest of the day discussing our ideas for our Working Groups followed by a discussion on what we need in our module schedule that ended with the creation of a module timetable. You’ll find the notes from this day below:


Who am I as a photographer? – May have a range of different types of work that you’re engaged with; you might have an exhibition practice, commercial practice, you might write for photography etc.

Don’t want us to think of ourselves as students – we are photographers now

Want to make a module schedule with us that will benefit us fully

Working with photography in Context is about the Symposium, about putting on an event



  • A public event with an audience
  • Students are responsible for event production, from booking the venue in conceptualizing the running order, through to publicizing the event
  • Independent professional practice
  • A 10 minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions and a couple of minutes setting up either side


Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Apply appropriate research skills, creating a viable and relevant critical basis for their presentation;
  • Analyse and reflect critically upon a range of ongoing, issues and debates;
  • Evaluate, interpret and reflect upon their own ideas and statements and those of others;
  • Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the ways in which key photographic forms and genres map onto specific modes of professional practice;
  • Produce a coherent and independently formulated understanding of a range of historical and contemporary topics and their representation in photographic forms;
  • Present verbally and visually research demonstrating a professional level of practical and intellectual capability.

Learning Outcome Meanings:

  • Show that you’ve done research and your presentations should evidence that
  • Analyse and reflect on both sides of an argument– immersed in the discourse of photography
  • Positioning what you think to what has already been discussed in the past – your own opinion
  • Illustrating that you understand how specific examples (case studies) of the photography your interested in fits into the genre and the theme/topic that you’re looking at
  • Illustrate that you understand the historical context out of which your presentation question is being formed
  • Your public presentation skills – do you do it simply or include an activity that fits in with your topic?


Artist that might be helpful for final degree project research

  • Bryony Campbell – made work about the death of her father



  • Need to keep a blog throughout 350MC showing your research throughout the module (max. 3000 words)
    • Definitive blog post – include final script, video of your presentation, and a reflective evaluation (approx. 500 words; how the talk went, how the following questions went, how the research project went, how the experience of the presentation allowed you to think about your practice, how it had broadened your understanding in general and in terms of your practice)
    • A bibliography (what you have read) and list of references (what you have actually used) – use Harvard referencing
    • All the relevant blog posts – progression of research from the start of the project and the original proposal




Start your research broad then narrow it down

Genre Groups:

  • Plan is to be grouped into groups of people researching similar topics
  • We will have group tutorials and one-to-ones
  • In the groups we will be able to discuss research and similar topics
  • Its about facilitating what you already do – sharing information


Working Groups:

  • Working groups is for the production of the event
  • Working groups will include venue/date, fundraising/finance, marketing/design and operation/curation
  • Venue/Date:
    • 28 People
    • Disable access
    • What’s going to look good on our CV’s? – recognizable place
    • Who is our audience?
    • How many days? (Maybe 3? – one for organizing?)
    • Refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits)
    • Registration – before the presentations and allows networking
    • Early – Mid February?
    • Invite professionals, tutors, students, guest lecturers
    • Weekdays or weekends?
    • Date that EVERYONE can attend
  • Fundraising/Finance:
    • Donate £10 each?
    • Budget?
    • Auctions
    • Photo shoot session
    • Open classes
    • Workshops
    • Donations
    • Sponsers – different companies?
  • Marketing/Design:
    • Flyers
    • Stickers
    • Social Media – Facebook and Twitter
    • Emails
    • Photography society
    • Classroom visits
    • Sneak previews (videos?)
    • Brand/logo/name – possibly link with exhibition
    • Event brite/meetup websites
    • Programme/catalogue – including biography’s and abstracts
  • Operation/Curation:
    • Structure
    • Running order
    • MC/host
    • Registration
    • RSVP
    • Charges for entry?


What do we need in our module schedule?

  • Writing a Proposal
    • Initial thoughts about the subject area we’re interested in
    • Key texts you have identified
    • Reading list
    • How you’re going to research
    • Include working title, theme, summary of intent, summary of research methods, key texts you’ve identified, reading lists
    • PRESENTATION and A4 sheet – Week 3: 21/10/14
  • Talk by Anthony Luvera
  • Guest lecturers (theme specific)
  • Formative Feedback sessions – feedback you get given before a final mark to help you improve
  • Effective public speaking skills
  • Research skills/library skills
  • How to structure presentation
  • Last year students as guest speakers – Alex, Joseph, Melissa, Kate
  • External Research Supervisors
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Practice runs – in small groups that work their way up in number of people


350MC Timetable