Photography & Expression (VA 547)

2023 Spring
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Vis. Arts&Vis.l Comm Des.(VA)
Murat Germen,
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Doctoral, Master
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Field work/field study/on-the-job,Studio work/practice
Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Task based learning
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Visual expression is the essence of visual communication / multimedia design these days. And, , photography is the one of the most important components of this interactive design process. In this class, we are going to to discover / experiment ways to express yourself and your design ideas through photography. We will try to create photographs that tell stories or create moods.


After having students introduced to a basic knowledge of conventional photography and its use within the digital realm in VA332; this class encourages students to discover / experiment ways to express themselves and their design ideas through photography. They will try to create photographs that tell stories, create moods or provoke impressions. Students will also be exposed to studio photography, yet will not be expected to work in studio.


  • Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. question images, symbols created for the purposes of propagation. 2. distinguish between a single photo and a narrative series of photos 3. compare old and contemporary photography practices 4. propose photo series that offer, share their own ways of thinking 5. identify the importance of form / aesthetics in artistic expression while concentrating on content / idea by examining various contemporary art and photography practices 6. demonstrate their artworks professionally 7. comprehend that animated image (video, film) has close relations with still image (photography) and find the middle ground through assignments dealing with chronophotography.


1. Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications

2. Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas.

3. Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach.

4. Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject.

5. Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas.

6. Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study.

7. Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently.

8. Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals.

9. Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving.

10. Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making.

11. Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary.

12. Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field.

13. Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level.

14. Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements.

15. Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field.

16. Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values.

1. Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning

2. Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life.

3. Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs

4. Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments.

5. Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English.

6. Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating.

1. Develop, interpret and use statistical analyses in decision making.


  Percentage (%)
Assignment 100



in class presentation material, attendance is of very high importance

- Over Exposed: Essays on Contemporary Photography edited by Carol Squiers
Publisher: New Press; (May 1, 1999)
- Roland Barthes, "The Photographic Message" in Image - Music - Text (New York: Hill and Wang, 1977)
- Barthes, Roland: Camera lucida: reflections on photography, New York: Hill and Wang, 1981 / Hill and Wang (May 1, 1982)
- Berger, John: Ways of Seeing, Penguin Books,London, 1972 / Penguin Books; Reprint edition (January, 1995)
- Lucie-Smith, Edward: Art Today, Phaidon, London, 1995 / Phaidon Press (September 16, 1999)
- Susan Sontag: On Photography / Picador; 1st Picado edition (August 25, 2001)
- Barbara Kruger: Remote Control: Power, Cultures, and the World of Appearances The MIT Press (September 21, 1993)
- Peter Osborne: Conceptual Art (Themes and Movements) Phaidon Press (June 24, 2002)
- Barrett, Terry: Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images / McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 3 edition (July 9, 1999)
- Rush, Michael: New Media in Late 20th Century, Thames & Hudson, London 1999 / Thames & Hudson (November, 1999)
- Stiles, Kristine Selz, Peter. Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art / University of California Press (May, 1996)
- Christopher Phillips (ed.), Photography in the Modern Era. European Documents and Critical Writings, 1913-1940. New York: Aperture 1989. / Aperture (October 1, 1989)