How can an art course in photography inspire students' artistic creativity?

Abstract

This study examines whether an art course with various kinds of inspiration derived from others and their artworks is useful in improving undergraduates’ photographic creativity and their views of photo taking. In collaboration with a professional photographer, we organized an undergraduate course in artistic photography, which included lecture sessions in basic artistic skills and knowledge, imitation sessions of unfamiliar artistic photographs, photo taking sessions, and presentation of the students' own works in the class. 21 students participated in the course for a semester. We collected students’ diaries of their photo taking, their photographs, and questionnaire survey data about their photo taking experiences. The results of data analyses show that the creativity of the students’ photographs improved after lecture sessions. The students reported that reflecting on their photography contributed to their acquisition of metacognitive knowledge of artistic creation.


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