Copenhagen School of Design and Technology


Photography and Fieldwork (EN)

Danish title
Photography and fieldwork (EN)
Study programme
Design & business
Type of education
Full time education
Level of education
Bachelor (top-up)
5. semester
Duration of the subject/module
3 Weeks
Programme elements
Start time
Guldbergsgade 29 N, København N
Subject number
Responsible for the subject(s)/modul(es)
Martin Hesseldahl
Tim Meicker
  • Purpose

    The aim of this elective module is to develop your visual literacy and build skills within photography, fieldwork and design anthropology.

    Through hands­‐on assignments you will build a photographic skill sets. Whether you shoot via your phone, with a professional digital single-­lens reflex camera, or use participant generated material, figuring out which of the photographs are most distinctive is often the hardest expertise to learn. We will discuss the fundamentals of editing, sequencing, and making sense of the images. The course will provide innovative, experimental exercises and discussions to help you improve seeing skills and inspire you to think differently about image making, personal vision and photographic practice.

    A fieldengagement project (conducted as a group experience) is part of the course. Through photographic experiments and participant involvement you will explore and represent a field/case study. You will furthermore reflect on what new knowledge is generated through these visual processes and visual representations, and how this designedly approach to field engagement might be used in other contexts e.g. future thesis building.

    The class is designed to be a learning journey for those newer to photography and fieldwork -­‐ and a creative kick‐start for those with more experience. All images will be uploaded for class viewing and discussion.


    ● Trend and sociology
    ● Ethics and environment
    ● concept development
    ● visual communication
    ● identity


    ● asses and justify the choice of material and design
    ● Use visual communication that supports product and concept
    ● apply anthropological methodology for collecting relevant data, processing, transforming and disseminating knowledge visually


    ● handle development-oriented tasks in design and idea generation

  • Type of instruction and practical application of learning objectives
    ●group work
    ●field work
  • Subject/module requirement for participation

    Academic requirement for participation
    The student must be enrolled in one of the following specializations at the Bachelor Design & Business in order to choose this elective module:

    •Sustainable Fashion
    •Fashion Management
    •Brand Design (DA)
    •Communication Design & Media (DA)

    Equipment needed to participate
    Your own digital camera – anything from a reliable iPhone to a serious digital single-­‐lens reflex camera will do.

  • Exam

    The learning outcomes of the exam are identical with the learning outcomes of the subject(s)/modul(es)

    Exam in one or more subjects
    Subject/module is tested standalone
    The exam is based on a specific assignments within the elective subject area, in which the student will demonstrate an understanding of the practice and the centrally applied theory and method in relation to the elective subject.
    Type of exam
    Combined written and oral examination
    The test consists of three elements:
    1. Written documentation of the process
    2. Oral exam
    3. Voting and notification of grades.
    Type of assignment
    The oral individual exam is based on one or more theoretical, methodological and practical elements of the module.
    Based on the written documentation of the process, which is drawn up and submitted before the oral exam.
    Formal requirements
    Documentation of process can be handed in as pictures, products, written production and the like. which is defined specifically for the individual elective subject by publishing a task frame at Fronter for PBA Design & Business at the start of the module.

    The oral exam is 20 minutes in total. 5 minutes presentation - 5 minutes professional dialogue - 10 minutes voting.
    The specific formal requirements for the oral test will be published on Fronter for PBA in Design and Business at the start of the module.
    Individual exam or group exam
    Exam languages
    Type of evaluation
    7-point grading scale
    Internal censure
    Deadline for submission
    The written exam must be handed in at the end of the module.
    The oral exam is placed on the elective's last day / days. Further information is published on Fronter or WiseFlow for PBA in Design and Business.
    Re-examination and re-examination due to illness
    Re-examination consists of a written assignment of 8 standard pages + /- 10%, and a portfolio with a number of practical tests and one product as defined by the elective. The re-exam is assessed by an internal examiner according to the 7-point grading scale and must be passed with a minimum grade of 02.
  • Preliminary literature list
    This is a preliminary literature list. A final literature list will be provided in connection with study start.
    Will be available at the beginning of the module.
hours of teaching
hours of preparation
The figure shows the extent of workload related to the subject divided into different study activities.

In the subject Photography and Fieldwork (EN) you will receive 47 hours of instruction, which corresponds to 63 lessons (1 lesson = 45 min.) and 34% of your total workload for the subject.

The teaching primarily consists of the following activities: internal lecturers, group work, classroom teaching, interdisciplinary project-based teaching.
The preparation primarily consists of the following activities: reading your own notes, reading the curriculum, preparation for the exam, exam.

Read about KEAs Study Activity Model

*KEA can deviate from the number of hours if this is justified by special circumstances