Architectural Photography - ARCH8460

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Howard Griffin checkmark-circle


The study of photography is often a complementary element of architectural education. Understanding of the processes of composition, framing and lighting is essential in both disciplines. Through a series of lectures and workshops students will comprehend these concepts, as well as fundamental principles of photographic creation and processing, enabling them to apply these skills and principles to the communication of architectural space and form through photography.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 33 hours
Private study hours: 117 hours
Total study hours: 150 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Exhibition/Portfolio (75%)
Report (25%)

Reassessment methods
Like for like.

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Kerr, N (1979). Technique of photographic lighting. Garden City, N.Y: Amphoto.
Langford, M. (1981). The darkroom handbook. London: Ebury Press.
Lowe, J. (2006). Architectural photography: Inside and Out. Lewes. East Sussex: Photographers' Institute Press/PIP.
Schulz, A. (2012). Architectural photography. Santa Barbara, CA: Rocky Nook.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of light, exposure and colour , and their application in architectural lighting
2 An advanced understanding of theories of photographic composition, balance and weight
3 A knowledge of the history of architectural photography, with an awareness of the contextual boundaries within, and outside of, the genre.
4 An advanced ability to use film and digital cameras to capture and create outstanding photographs of architecture, form and space
5 A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of digital photographic image manipulation and processing techniques using industry standard software programmes
6 An understanding of analogue image processing techniques and their application in a digital industry

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to demonstrate:

1 An ability to present, edit and curate a collection of work
2 An ability to work self-directed, meeting deadlines
3 An ability to critically place their own work in the context of genre, style and precedent.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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