Course Description

Course Name

Documentary Photography

Session: VPGS1324

Hours & Credits

6 ECTS Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Additional course fees apply to this course. Please reach out to your Prague Program Manager for additional information about these fees.

Course Description
This course aims to introduce students to documentary photography. Students will become familiar with international documentary photography, both historical and contemporary. The course places special emphasis on personal documentary projects, with the goal of practical application of theoretical knowledge. Students will gain hands-on experience by creating a documentary photography series and presenting their images on the web themselves. Those who complete the course will have significantly improved their understanding of photography as both a means of documenting events, and as a form of fine art. By the end of the course students will have improved their practical skills to the point of being able to pursue more advanced work in documentary photography covering a wider range of subjects.

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a full understanding of what documentary photography represents.
  • Comprehend the basic technical principles of photography and basic compositional rules;–Comprehend a historical perspective on the development of documentary photography.
  • Understand the connection between documentary and fine art photography.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the various platforms that can be used to promote documentary photography.
  • Demonstrate a good base in the fundamentals of telling a story through documentary photography.
  • Combinephotography and writing to reinforce their documentary project and communication skills.
  • Know the steps involved in defining, preparing and presenting a documentary photography project through hands on experience.

*Course content subject to change