Course Title: Portraiture 202

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Portraiture 202

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Pauline Anastasiou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1969

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 36 level 2 room 3

Course Coordinator Availability: Email & phone

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

First year location 101 and 102 or equivalent

Course Description

This course will further develop your ability to deal with the art of photographing people and further extend your awareness of a range of traditional, contemporary styles. More emphasis is placed on the development of your own individual style of portrait photography.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

You will develop the following capabilities:

  • a sound understanding of Portrait Photography and be able to depict people in a variety of ways, with an emphasis on personal photographic/digital style.
  • A high proficiency in Portraiture, including a high degree of visual literacy, technical competence and the development of aesthetic sensibilities in order to produce commercially orientated images.
  • An understanding of vocational business practices and global cultural, social and industry visual contexts.

You are expected to gain a high proficiency in the area of Portraiture Photography by the end of semester.  You are expected to research your assignments from appropriately sourced material conducive to your chosen style and designated end use- with an emphasis on lighting, film choice, processing techniques and digital manipulation techniques. The development of an individual style is a priority.

On completion of this course you will have:

  • Achieved a sufficient understanding and ability in quality practice to enable you to make portraiture  a specialisation in your final undergraduate year as preparation for industry
  • Gained full understanding of preproduction techniques
  • Ability to research contemporary trends nationally & internationally
  • Ability to articulate and analyse concepts underpinning your images

Overview of Learning Activities

A weekly lecture examining styles and practices of prominent photographers and influences upon their work

A weekly tutorial based on the development of reflection and analysis of yours and peers’ work, and formal critique of portrait imagery

A series of lecturer directed demonstrations/workshops

A weekly student directed photographic shooting session


Pre-production documentation

Overview of Learning Resources

Any recommended reading  will be discussed during formal tutorial times.

All current and past magazines and relevant books on the subject.

The RMIT library and the internet as research tools

You are expected to provide all of your own camera equipment (apart from large format), props, models etc

Lighting and camera equipment are available for loan from the store

Overview of Assessment

A self directed portfolio 75%

A visual research diary

Pre - production book 25%