The Preparatory Course in Photography intended for first-year students of the bachelor’s degree programs aims to uncover, by means of simple assignments, the complicated nature of the photographic medium which follows the basic principles such as space, light and time.
Students from various departments who spend 6 weeks in this preparatory course during the winter semester will experience work in the darkroom and photographic processing techniques for camera-less photographs (photogram, camera obscura, experiment with light-sensitive paper). At the same time, they will keep working on the main theme, to which they can respond not only photographically but also with the overlap to other/ their media. In some projects, this might lead naturally to the transition from a flat photo to space. For many, photography is becoming a documentation, sketch for further work or for its base.
The first-year students of the Department of Photography and New Media will attend the preparatory course for the whole summer semester. A number of exercises include the aforementioned 'camera-less' photography, in this case aiming at a reduced or abstract image, and its conscious use in response to a topic assigned by a teacher. Thanks to collective exercises, the graduates of the Department of Photography and New Media and authors from abroad are gradually presented to the students, who then have an opportunity to cooperate with them on the assignments. In addition to mastering the content quality of photographs, the students are also guided to an elaborate concept of their presentations, whether virtual or spatial.