Course Title: Portraiture 201

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Portraiture 201

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Pauline Anastasiou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1969

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 36 level 2 room 3

Course Coordinator Availability: Email or phone, appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

First year BA Photography core courses or equivalent

Course Description

This course will acquaint you with the challenges of photographing people, with the chosen subject being considered the hero. This is usually a two-fold challenge for most you. One is actively embracing the technical and conceptual aspects of portraiture, and the other is working with the actual subject/s on an interpersonal and interpretive basis.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 At the end of this course you should have: 

gained a sound level of  proficiency in portrait photography, including a high degree of visual literacy, technical competence and the development of aesthetic sensibilities,

experienced good organisational practices,

developed insight into traditional & contemporary lighting techniques,

skill with analogue and tethered digital capture,

a strong conceptual approach to portrait photography.

    Overview of Learning Activities

    This course is comprised of :

    a lecture that provides an overview of portraiture it’s photographic history and contemporary practice

    a one hour tutorial, where you will be able to participate in discussions on the development of the concept of the image and the analysis of  imagery. It will also involve critique of work by the lecturer and your peers.

    a two hour practical  workshop where there will be lighting demonstrations and supervised shooting sessions per week

      Overview of Learning Resources


      Course notes and specific course requirements will be posted on the Blackboard.

      We will also use, in conjunction with Blackboard, a social networking blog in order to share work and to discuss issues related to the course.

      The RMIT University library has an extensive collection of material, books, online journals, dvd’s and slides, that relate to this course. 

      Overview of Assessment

      • group work assignment
      • Folio of completed assignments and pre-production notes