SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1W622961
Module Leader Edward Horn
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Applied Computer Games
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

This module will require students to understand and demonstrate a practical knowledge of digital photographic production and digital image manipulation from concept to final distribution for a variety of digital platforms and physical media .


The syllabus will cover the following areas: Photographic techniques: exposure calculation, focus, depth of field, lighting conditions. Studio and portable lighting, colour temperature, white balance, and colour manipulation. Tonal and colour correction, image information. Analysis of imagery, criticism and observational skills. Photographic imagery as a communication medium. Composition: simplification, framing, rule of thirds, dynamic symmetry, golden section, balance, colour, space, viewpoint. File size calculation, compression, and resolution of images and file formats for different output scenarios. Range of digital image manipulation techniques: Cropping, retouching masking, use of layers, photomontage, and digital retouching tools. Preparation of imagery for output devices and digital publishing. Media presentation skills. Appropriate software programs for folio presentation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:Demonstrate and apply an understanding of creative and technical issues relating to digital image capture and creation. Use digital photographic equipment and understand photographic techniques to produce imagery of suitable quality and create digital images in range of formats for a variety of outputs. Apply a range of digital manipulation techniques with respect to creative and quality standards.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Module will be delivered using lectures, practical exercises with VLE GCU Learn support. Lectures require A/V projection equipment for PC, DVD, video display and internet access. Supervised practical exercises in computer lab environment and studio facility, to include group interaction and individual practice in digital image creation and manipulation. Off campus activity to acquire media. Computers require a range of appropriate digital image software. Access to digital cameras, photographic lighting and digital scanners is required. Assessment will consist of 2 courseworks: Commercial Image production and editing exercise 40% (group). Digital folio of created and manipulated digital images to include supporting narrative 60% (individual)

Indicative Reading

Kioskowski, M, (2011) Photoshop Compositing Secrets, ISBN-10: 0321808231 , Peachpit Press. Chapman, J & N (2009) Digital Multimedia, Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons; ISBN 0470512164 Prakel, D (2006) Basics Photography: Composition AVA Publishing ISBN 2-940373-04-3 Drew, H, (2005) The Fundamentals of Photography, AVA Academia Publishing, ISBN 9878-2884790- 505 Colson, R (2007) The Fundamentals of Digital Art, AVA Academia Publishing, ISBN 978-2940373-581 Duggan, Grey, (2010) Real World Digital Photography, 3rd Edition, Elsmann, Peachpit press, ISBN-10: 0-321-70099-6 Hunter, (2011), Focus on Lighting Photos, Focal press, ISBN:980240817118 A short Course in Photography 7th Edition London, Stone, (2011), Pearson, ISBN13: 978020566407 The Digital SLR Guide", Canfield, (2006), Pearson, ISBN13: 9780321492197 "Light and Lens, Photography in the Digital Age", Hirsch, (2007), Focal Press, ISBN: 9780240808550 "Langfords Basic Photography, Ninth Edition", Langford, (2010), Focal press, ISBN: 9780240521688 "The Photographer's Eye Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos", Freeman, (2007), Focal press, ISBN: 9780240809342 "Photography, a Cultural History", Marien, (2010), Prentice Hall. ISBN : 9780205708000 LFI Leica Fotografie International ( htt:// Online Magazine Periodicals for Contemporary Practice: Computer Arts Magazine Computer Arts Projects Magazine Various Websites will be utilised to show examples of current practice

Transferrable Skills

D1 Specialist knowledge and application D3 Critical analysis D4 Communication skills, written, oral and listening D7 Computer literacy D8 Self confidence, self discipline & self reliance (independent working) D9 Awareness of strengths and weaknesses D15 Ability to prioritise tasks and time management D16 Interpersonal skills, team working and leadership D17 Presentation skills D18 Commercial awareness

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 48.00
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 60.00 35% Individual Image folio
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 35% Group project (Photographic)