Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Media, Design en IT
Expert Class Photography38181/3076/2324/1/63
Study guide

Expert Class Photography

Academic year 2023-24
Is found in:
  • International programmes Media, Design and IT
    Programme option:
    • GDM International - Publication Design
    Choice package:
    • Subjects of your choice - Publication Design
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 8 credits
Co-ordinator: Gombeer Wim
Other teaching staff: De Vuyst Marijke
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 1
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 15.10.2023 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Possibility of deliberation: This course unit is eligible for deliberation according to the criteria as determined by the degree programme you are enrolled in.
Total study time: 208,00 hours

Short description

This course will help you become more comfortable with a camera, work in a professional photo studio and fully explore your creative potential. This course gives you all the tools to gather the technical knowledge you need for technical design.
We not only teach the technical essentials of photography but also learn how to use photography in design assignments.
Topics covered include: focusing, lenses & focal length, metering, ISO, apertures, depth of field, shutter speeds, manual exposure balancing, white balance, controlling movement, composition, composition, light understanding, using flash photography in a studio environment, reportage and post-processing.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning outcomes (list)

By understanding the nature and arrangement of the light source, you can depict and abstract various aspects of an object.
You handle light sources correctly.
You make the right choice from the range of objectives.
You are able to create a commercial photographic media output according to technical feasibility
You demonstrate your understanding of photographic language, in particular the relationship between content, design and technique.
You demonstrate your insight into the photographic approach using flash lighting and camera in studio.
You demonstrate your insight into the imaging of people, objects and space.

Course content


  • material knowledge (camera, lenses, light)
  • iso-diafragm-shutter speed
  • composition
  • light and flash metering
  • light control on location (daylight, artificial light, flash).
  • Exercises: composition, product photography, model/portrait photography, reportage on location (building, interior, machine/handling)

Study material (text): Mandatory

The course material will be made available digitally via Digitap.

For this class, keep in mind additional costs for:

  • access to LinkedIn Learning (+/- 15 euro, to be renewed every academic year)
  • Adobe Creative software (+/- 75 euro, to be renewed every academic year)
  • SD card - min 32GB

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Practicum36,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours172,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Eerste examenperiodeSkills assessment permanently during class weeks (Permanent evaluation)100,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodSkills assessment during the examination series100,00

Evaluation (text)

Submissions for evaluation shall always consist of the candidate's own work and shall be submitted within the deadlines provided. If ideas, images or texts, ideas, designs or parts of designs of others are used, the author, designer and/or location of the work must be clearly mentioned to avoid plagiarism - and thus exam fraud.

Note: The effective examination format will be communicated via Digitap. The effective exam time is communicated via Webuntis.