Introduction to Photography: Photographing Seville (in English)

ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Photography: Photographing Seville (in English)

  • Host University

    ISA Study Center with Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo-Sevilla

  • Location

    Seville, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Photography, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course consists of theory and practice outside the classroom: taking photos not only of architecture all over Seville but also of distinctive features of the city from a social and anthropological perspective. The course will also include an introduction to the history of photography and to the history of architectural photography in particular.

    Retouching programs such as Photoshop or filter apps in App Store and Google Play might also be used throughout the course.

    Students will have to choose among the different architectural elements of the city and visit them in order to complete a weekly project. This project, showing the image that better embodies the spirit of the building, will be explained and defended in class. In order to present and defend the images selected, students will have to read assignments for contextualization.

    No specific camera is required for this course: any Smartphone camera will be appropriate.

    NB Spots for Introduction to Photography are limited. Since the projects need to be presented in class and the students will be constantly outside the classroom to directly study works and situations, the limit of places should not be exceeded in order to guarantee the smooth running of the course.


    Unit 1 - Introduction to photography. History of photography and its artistic uses.

    Unit 2 - Architectural photography.

    Unit 3 - Photography using cell phones. Retouching and photo apps.

    Architecture in Seville, main features and distinguishing elements. From its Roman origins to the 21st century. Some architectural examples.

    Unit 4 - Artistic perspective. The Cathedral and the Giralda of Seville. Real Fábrica de Tabacos, Plaza de España and the architecture of the beginning of the 20th century (abandoned buildings). Metropol Parasol and the contemporary view of space.

    Unit 5 - Social and anthropological perspective. The Triana bridge and Guadalquivir River. Jardines de Murillo and Parque de María Luisa, the traditional professional associations of Seville. Flamenco, the day-to-day image of Seville.

    Bibliography: Compiled by lecturer

    Complementary bibliography

    Course Evaluation:

    Participation and attitude in class: 10%
    Class presentation and defense of final project: 40%
    Homework: 10%
    Midterm Exam: 20%
    Final Exam: 20%

    Final letter grades will be assigned using the following scale, expressed in terms of the percentage of total possible points earned:

    10 = Matrícula de Honor (one for every 20 students)
    9 ? 9,9 = Sobresaliente
    7 ? 8,9 = Notable
    5 ? 6,9 = Aprobado
    0 ? 4,9 = Suspenso
    Attending the course but not taking the exams = No presentado
    Missing class more than permitted = No asistencia

    Class Attendance: Class attendance is obligatory, it is checked every class day and it is reflected in the course attendance sheet that is sent to the University.

    Missing more 10% of the classes will be considered negatively in the final grade. However, not missing any class will be considered positively.

    If a student has 4 hours (240 minutes) of unexcused absences (in 45 h courses) he/she will not be penalized by the University (although professors will take it into account in the section on class participation).

    If a student exceeds this limit, the grade in the transcript for this subject could appear as ?not attended course?.

    Justified absences: Medical Certificates: certificates will be considered only if issued by a physician (not notes from the family explaining the student absence). The certificates must include the exact dates for which a student should be excused for having missed classes.

    Audit: Courses cannot be audited, thus attendance is possible only for students enrolled in this class.

    Tardiness: It is expected that students arrive to class on time and that they return directly to class after any given break. Arriving 10 minutes late (or more) and/or early class departures are considered unexcused absences and will be taken into account as a half absence.

    Class Protocol: Students are required to be involved in class activities. They are expected to show their preparation by participating in discussions, by asking relevant questions, being critical and analytical with the contents presented in class as well as by sharing their ideas and opinions. In class the student is required to maintain a polite demeanor always and under every circumstance. Students are asked not to eat in class and to put their cell phones on silence. With the exception of class presentations, laptops are not to be used in class.

    Special Accommodations: Students with special needs who require reasonable modifications, special assistance or accommodations in this course (for help in following the classroom material, to take exams, etc.) should direct their request to the Academic Coordinator during the first week of the course.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations