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MMEDIA 4F03 Topics:Multimedia Productions (C01)

Academic Year: Winter 2019

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Robert Hamilton


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 330

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27955

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Course Objectives:

This course explores contemporary art photography. We will view and reflect on the work of several recognized art photographers. We’ll reflect on technologies, communication and culture in relation to a photographic practice. Students will develop a critical understanding of contemporary art photography. Students will create original art works and participate within group critiques. Students will engage in a photographic practice and attend art exhibitions. Students will articulate and reflect on concepts discussed in class and further developed in their artwork and artist statements. The course will explore the work of Cindy Sherman, Andreas Gursky, Milton Rogovin, Vivian Maier, Saul Leiter, Garry Winogrand, Dorothea Lange, Jeff Wall, Diane Arbus among others.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:


Method of Assessment:

Project 1 - Jan. 29th: 20%

Project 2 - March 5th: 20%

Final Project - April 2: 30%

Presentation: 20%

Participation: 10%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Regular attendance is required to successfully achieve course outcomes. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to complete any work done in class. All work must be submitted via A2L by the due date. Late assignments will only be accepted with prior consent from the instructor and/or appropriate documentation to support your inability to submit the work by the due date.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Course Outline MM4F03 Winter 2019








Jan. 8


- Intro to class







Jan. 13

- Student Artist Presentations

- Milton Rogovin, The Forgotten Ones doc.


- DSLR basics – in class tutorial, bring your camera!

- Walkabout





Jan. 15

- Student Artist Presentations

- Photoshop basics






Jan. 22

- Vivian Maier doc.

- Student Artist Presentations

- Image enhancement 1

- Lighting basics, bring your camera







Jan. 29

- Student Artist Presentations

- Image enhancement 2

- Lighting basics, bring your camera



Project 1




Feb. 5

- Everybody Street doc.

- Student Artist Presentations







Feb. 12

- Everybody Street doc.

- Student Artist Presentations

- Colouring a black and white image





Feb. 26

- Possible Fieldtrip


- Masking/editing images






March 5

- Project Presentations

- Student Artist Presentations

- Collage


Project 2





March 12


- Student Artist Presentations

- Creating a house collage







March 19


- Student Artist Presentations

- Editing Images







March 26


- Project Presentations







April 2


- Project Presentations



Final Project





April 9


- Review