norsk norsk&engelsk / norwegian&english

Course Description IMT1112 - History of Photography & Pictorial Communication (2005/2006)

ECTS Credits10

The course will give the students knowledge of the general history of photography, a history of photographic reproduction technology, and the role of photography in modern graphic design. The course also has a hermeneutic approach where the students have to make themselves acquainted with critical theory that questions the properties of the published / mass produced photography as a communicative medium. The course is also about practical and instrumental pictorial communication for designers.


National and international history of photography
The history of the technology of photography
The history of the reproduction techniques of the photography
The mass-produced picture
Photomontage and the "typo-photo" of the inter-war period, and their significance for the development of modern graphic design
The photography as a communicative and rhetorical medium
The status of the photography as a medium for representation
The status and potential of the photography in the "digital era"
Practical and instrumental pictorial communication

Study MethodsLectures
Writing of two essays with formative-iterative assessment.
AssessmentEssay (counts 60%)
Written Exam, 3 hours (counts 40%)
Summative assessment of two essays after end of the semester.
Grading SystemAlphabetical Scale, A (best) - F (fail)
Course RequirementsNone