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

    Prerequisite: open to all language levels; taught in English.

    Students: foreign students from the academic program ISA

    Contact hours: 45

    Course Objective: 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.

    Learning outcomes:

    - Learn about origins and evolution of Photography in the XIX and XX centuries.

    - Analyze foundations and elements (light, focus, exposition) when taking a picture with both traditional cameras and mobile phones.

    - Be familiar with different mobile phones, apps and photographic techniques using practical examples.

    - Learn diverse photographic techniques related to portrait photography, architectural photography, travel photographs, the use of black and white, photographic reportage, the composition of space, urban photography, landscape photography and finally self-portraits.

    - Relate the physical space (Seville) and its social context (learning about the idiosyncrasies of the city) to photography.

    The class dossier and information about weekly projects could be found in Papelería Porvenir located in Calle San Salvador 18, 41013 Sevilla. It is important to follow the progression of the course.

    Online Platform: We also are going to use the internet program Edmodo, you need to sign up on this platform. This is how you will receive notifications and submit the exercises and weekly projects that you need to do at home. Please don´t forget your password!!!

    Course Content:

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

    UNIT 2 - Photography using cell phones. Retouching and photo apps

    UNIT 3 -. Architectural photography. Black and White photographs. Landscape photography. Street photography. Abstract photography. Food photography. Artistic photography, Erwin Olaf and Charlie White

    UNIT 4 - Artistic perspective. The Cathedral and the Giralda of Seville and their environment. Royal Tobacco Factory, Plaza de España and the architecture of the early 20th century (abandoned buildings). Metropol Parasol and the contemporary view of space. Abstract architecture.

    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 and Holy Week, day-to-day images of Seville. Food and food photography.


    Benjamin, Walter Little history of photography

    Sontag, Susan About photography. Arial 2013

    Todd Gustavson Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital. Paperback 2012.

    Miles Orwell, American photography. Oxford University Press, 2003.

    Course Evaluation:

    20% Tasks and attendance 40% Final exam 30% Projects 10% Subjective evaluation (students are expected to come prepared to class and profesor will value that students are showing a mark of improvement)

    Spanish Grading Scale:

    Matrícula de Honor 10 Sobresaliente 9 – 9,9 Notable 7 – 8,9 Aprobado 5 – 6,9 Suspenso 0 – 4,9

    No Asistencia (Student has exceeded the allowed number of unexcused absences)

    Please find as a reference the following grading scale conversion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student’s home university or institution to determine the final grade equivalencies.

    Matrícula de Honor = A+ Suspenso = F Sobresaliente = A No presentado = Incomplete (attended Notable = B classes but did not take final exam) Aprobado =C No Asistencia = Incomplete (enrolled in the course but did not attend class)

    Appealing grades: The deadline for disputing grades is 30 days from the reception of the certificate at the home university.

    Class Attendance: class attendance is mandatory, and attendance is taken at every class meeting and is reflected in the course attendance sheet that is sent to the university.

    An 85% of attendance is required for the successful completion of the course. Not missing any class will be considered positively.

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

    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.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

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