Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
POV3341 Visual Storytelling Spring 2 2 3 5
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Instructor DAĞHAN CELAYİR
Course Lecturer(s): Prof. Dr. HASAN KEMAL SUHER
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: This course aims to focus on the contemporary photography that has transformed along with contemporary arts since the 1970’s. The concept of contemporary art that has been separated from the modern art for the last 4 decades will be explored. The second aim of this course is to combine contemporary photography combinations with one’s own experiences in photographic applications and to question the relation of the concepts to the visual experiences.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
1. Identify and describe the concept of contemporary art.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the contemporary art applications.
3. Interpret the theoretical background of the contemporary photography practices.
4. Compare the relation between global and local contemporary art practices.
5. Discuss the probability of conveying social, cultural and personal experiences through the language of the contemporary art.
6. Developing the ability to apply one’s own concepts in the multilayered narrative structures and forms of contemporary art.

Course Content

Works by contemporary photographers will be analyzed in terms of the narratives created by this concept and that are usually intertextual, more micro and more identity oriented.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) What is story? Different narrative styles.
2) Visual story telling tools used by the artist. Working on the assignments.
3) Statement, Design and Atmosphere. Understanding “Blade Runner” and “Seven”. Working on the assignments.
4) Breaking-down a script and designing emotional rhythm. Working on the assignments.
5) Designing visual system and all components of it. Other art forms to collaborate. Working on the assignments.
6) Designing a shot with using graphic components in order to create dramatic tension. All considerations to make a coverage on a scene. Working on the assignments.
7) Assessment for the assignment Working on the assignments.
8) What is art What is Craft? Society, culture and target audience. Working on the assignments.
9) Pre-visualizing, working with story boards. Pre production. Working on the assignments.
10) Narrative use of light, camera and working with a director of photography. Comparison between film and digital. Working on the assignments.
11) Directing T.V. Commercials. Working on the assignments.
12) Directing music videos. Visual system on Experimental Filmmaking. Working on the assignments.
13) Components of production designing. Working on the assignments.
14) Cognitive perception of audience and manipulating emotions. Final Project


Course Notes / Textbooks: Will be given weekly.
References: 1. Costello, D. & Iversen, M. (2010). Photography after conceptual art. Chichester, West Sussex, UK Malden, MA, USA Great Britain: Wiley-Blackwell Association of Art Historians.
2. Cotton, C. (2009). The photograph as contemporary art. London New York, N.Y: Thames & Hudson.
3. Freeman, M. (2007). The photographer's eye : composition and design for better digital photos. Boston: Focal Press.
4. Marien, M. (2006). Photography : a cultural history. London: Laurence King.
5. Smith, T. (2009). What is contemporary art. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 10
Homework Assignments 1 % 40
Final 1 % 50
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 4 56
Study Hours Out of Class 13 5 65
Homework Assignments 1 20 20
Final 1 1 1
Total Workload 142

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To be able to critically interpret and discuss the theories, the concepts, the traditions, and the developments in the history of thought which are fundamental for the field of new media, journalism and communication.
2) To be able to attain written, oral and visual knowledge about technical equipment and software used in the process of news and the content production in new media, and to be able to acquire effective abilities to use them on a professional level.
3) To be able to get information about the institutional agents and generally about the sector operating in the field of new media, journalism and communication, and to be able to critically evaluate them.
4) To be able to comprehend the reactions of the readers, the listeners, the audiences and the users to the changing roles of media environments, and to be able to provide and circulate an original contents for them and to predict future trends.
5) To be able to apprehend the basic theories, the concepts and the thoughts related to neighbouring fields of new media and journalism in a critical manner.
6) To be able to grasp global and technological changes in the field of communication, and the relations due to with their effects on the local agents.
7) To be able to develop skills on gathering necessary data by using scientific methods, analyzing and circulating them in order to produce content.
8) To be able to develop acquired knowledge, skills and competence upon social aims by being legally and ethically responsible for a lifetime, and to be able to use them in order to provide social benefit.
9) To be able to operate collaborative projects with national/international colleagues in the field of new media, journalism and communication.
10) To be able to improve skills on creating works in various formats and which are qualified to be published on the prestigious national and international channels.