BA Hons Photography
Critical Thinking, Research & Writing

‘Noire et Blanche’, Man Ray, 1926: “Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why‘. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information.” Man Ray.  I’ve re-edited this post to support your Essay Writing submission, bringing together all of the extensive  learning material which both Tracey Ashmore and Georgia Wyver have provided. Do make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to get to the resources.

Here are the resources listed below to support your Essay submission on Tuesday 7th January 2014, 10am – 11am (Registry Office, Ground Floor, via the Zhandra Rohdes Gallery) which are as follows:

  1. RPHC4003 Contextual Studies Essay Brief and Unit Handbook Part
  2. Library Opening Times
  3. Introduction to Degree Level Study (incl. contact details, study guide tips)
  4. Photography and Critical Analysis
  5. Research: How to Develop Visual and Written Work
  6. Library Guide to Online Resources
  7. Library Research for Photographers
  8. Essay Planning and Structure
  9. Essay Writing – Main Body Structure
  10. Image Analysis Seminar
  11. Semiotics Lecture
  12. Semiotics Task

 

RPHC4003 CONTEXTUAL STUDIES, ESSAY BRIEF & UNIT HANDBOOK PART 1

Unit Handbook Contextual Studies Part 1 Yr1 BA

 

 

 

UCA ROCHESTER: LIBRARY OPENING SCHEDULE

UCA Library Christmas Opening Schedule 2013

INTRO TO DEGREE STUDY

Intro to Degree Level Study 2013

Asking questions – and then answering them – is a central skill for critical analysis.

Start firstly by asking questions that relate to the context and the big picture of a text. Then ask questions about the author’s argument and the evidence provided to support it. You should also consider the style of writing and how it affects the clarity with which the author’s argument is presented.

 

See the big picture

These questions help to you identify the significance of a text:

Who is the author and when was this written?

Was it written in response to another text? Is this a new piece of research?

What is this author saying? (What is his/her argument?) Try to put this into your own words.

What are the main points of this text? Highlight these or note them down.

What is the author’s standpoint and what are the underlying values in this text?

Is this a significant work in its field?

 

Argument and evidence

These questions help you to judge the validity of the argument or the author’s point of view:

What is the quality of the evidence?

Examine the conclusion carefully and ask: is this the correct conclusion from the points made in the argument?

Is every point relevant? Does one point lead logically to the next? (This is a way of checking whether it flows logically.)

What has been left out and is this significant? Why?

Which parts do I agree with and why?

Which parts do I disagree with and why?

What are the strengths of this text?

What are the weaknesses?

What assumptions does the author make?

Do I agree or disagree with these?

 

PHOTOGRAPHY & CRITICAL ANALYSIS

Photography and Critical Analysis

 

 

 

RESEARCH: HOW TO DEVELOP VISUAL AND WRITTEN WORK

Research to Develop Visual and Written Practice 2013

 

 

 

LIBRARY GUIDE TO ONLINE RESOURCES

Guide Online Resources Photo 13-14

 

 

LIBRARY RESEARCH FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

Research and the Library for Photographers

 

 

ESSAY PLANNING AND STRUCTURE

Photography Essay Planning & Structure

 

 

ESSAY – MAIN BODY STRUCTURE

Researching and Planning an Essay Main Body

 

 

IMAGE ANALYSIS SEMINAR

Image Analysis Seminar

 

 

 

SEMIOTICS LECTURE

Semiotics 2013

 

 

SEMIOTICS TASK

SEMIOTICS SEMINAR TASK 2013

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