School of Arts

3 - Photography I

This course is part of the programme:
Bachelor's programme in Digital Arts and Practices

Objectives and competences

Understanding of and ability to use photographic technologies. Mastery and analysis of photographic media and ability to transfer the acquired analytical knowledge into other fields of the visual code. Other forms of knowledge and skills necessary for a successful work in a variety of professional working environments.

Within the module, the student will acquire the following general competences:

  • ability to make analyses and syntheses, and predict solutions;
  • ability to use knowledge in practice;
  • ability to communicate and work in a team;
  • autonomy in professional work.


Basic computer literacy.

Basics of the photo camera manipulation.

The prerequisities: student’s active participation in all phases and at all levels of the study process, which, apart from the active attendance at lectures and participation in practice work, presupposes the following: individual creation and development of ideas – independently and within the active, two-way mentor-student communication (exhange of ideas takes place on the personal level and via the internet), and a continual independent (research, creative and performative) work throughout the academic year.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The first year of photography is based primarily on getting to know the photographic language and photographic technologies, the basics of colour metrics and colour management, and analogue and digital photographic essentials.

The phollowing chapters are studied: EM spectrum; the eye; photographic composition; the body of the camera, film and sensors’ formats, objectives, the depth of sharpness, the shatter; contrast of motives, film, sensors; exposure meter and measuring of light; light bodies and electrics; basics of colour management.

The themes and exercises in year one and two are organised in such a way so that the student is able, through them, to get to know the significance of the following issues: sharp/non-sharp, front position/secondary position, bright/dark, deep sharpness, time, form, purpose of recording, black-white/colour distinction, analogue/digital; photography and other media.

Intended learning outcomes

  • a coherent mastery of the art of photography;
  • ability to connect knowledge form different fields and applications;
  • ability to embed new information and interpretations into the context of artistic photography;
  • mastery of skills and abilities in the use of knowledge in the field of photography.


- Barthes, Roland: Camera Lucida, Studia Humanitates, 1992.

- Batchen, Geoffrey: Goreč od želje, Zasnovanje fotografije, Studia Humanitatis, 2010.

- Belting, Hans: Antropologija podobe, Studia Humanitatis, 2004.

- Berger, John: Načini gledanja, Zavod Emanat, 2008.

- Butina, Milan: Mala likovna teorija, Debora, Ljubljana, 2000.

- Butina, Milan: Prvine likovne prakse, Debora, 1997.

- Bright, Susan: Art Photography Now, Edition Braus, 2005.

- Intihar, Matjaž; e-Fotografija, Image & Co. inženiring, 2003.

- Lampič, Primož: Fotografija in stil, Znanstveni inštitiut Filozofske fakultete, Ljubljana 2000.

- Koetzle, Hans-Michael: Photo Icons, Taschen, Koeln 2005.

- Kante, Božidar; Filozofija umetnosti, Založba Jutro 2001.

- NAVEDTRA 14209 – Photography (Basic) – Nonresident training course, October 1993.

- Newhall, B. The History of Photography. New York : The Museum of Modern Art, 1994.

- Sontag, Susan: Eseji o fotografiji, Študentska založba, Ljubljana 2001.

- The Photo Book, Phaidon, 1997.

- Wolfflin, Heinrich: Temeljni pojavi umetnostne zgodovine, Problem razvoja sloga v novejši umetnosti, 2009.


Creative assignment 30%, Theoretical assignment 10%, Practice and group work 50%, Examination 10%

Lecturer's references

Mr Rajko Bizjak holds a BA in Film and Television Studies from the Academy of Drama Art, University of Zagreb. Mr Bizjak is a professional in both the photography and film media. He has created ten photographic programmes, and has, as a cameraman and/or director, taken part in the production of more than ten short feature and documentary films. Mr Bizjak has a wealth of experience in the field of photography; since 1995 he has been teaching, locally and internationally, at various schools, courses, seminars and symposia, and since 2006 has been teaching as university lecturer in the fields of photography and shooting. Mr Bizjak spends a lot of his time organising photographic or film events, including projects, festivals, competitions and exhibitions.

University course code: 1DU003

Year of study: 1

Course principal:




  • Lectures: 60 hours

Course type: obligatory key module

Languages: slovene

Learning and teaching methods:
-lectures (theoretical foundations of the subject) - seminar and practical exercises - case studies from history and contemporary art - presentation of concepts, assignments and products in discussions (under a mentor's supervision) - group work is based upon theoretical sources, case studies and practical assignments - group analysis of ideas and projects. student's independent work: - idea formation and developmen; research and independent work at seminar and practical assignments; - preparation, creation and presentation of the creative assignment; - preparation for the examination.