Course Title: Photography via www

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Photography via www

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


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


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet2 2007,
Viet3 2008,
Viet1 2009,
Viet2 2009,
Viet3 2009,
Viet1 2010,
Viet2 2010,
Viet3 2010,
Viet1 2011,
Viet2 2011,
Viet3 2011,
Viet1 2012,
Viet2 2012,
Viet3 2012,
Viet1 2013,
Viet2 2013,
Viet3 2013

Course Coordinator: Alex Syndikas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3805

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 36, Level 2 Room 04

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course approaches the medium of photography: firstly, as a unique approach to human communication; secondly, as an art form; and thirdly, as a medium, which requires the acquisition of a unique set of technical skills. In studying this course you will be shown how photography has developed throughout its history. You will be introduced to basic mechanical principles of the camera and will see how our growing understanding of the principles of human perception and communication has influenced photography. You will also be provided with techniques for responding to the content and structure of photographs.

You will learn how to respond to and how to use different types of lighting and how to choose appropriate lenses and film to achieve various photographic effects. There will be no need to develop and print your own photographs in this course. It is the intention of this course to explore basic imaging techniques so that you can further explore these techniques in the future.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

  On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Solve problems visually and technically
  • Discuss and analyse photographs in relation to the historical and cutlural context in which they are produced.
  • Solve problems visually and technically
  • Apply technical skills to work across a range of genres and conditions
  • Recognise your practice according to your chosen area in the global industry
  • Describe aspects of narrative and produce images that communicate a narrative.

Overview of Learning Activities

The following planned learning activities will be included in the course:

  • Group interaction, debate and discussions to enable you to contribute and share your experiences and resources.
  • Research based assignments that will encourage critical thinking, information literacy and the evaluation of resources.
  • Access to support material including online notes and World Wide Web links to relevant resources.
  • Group projects that will encourage you from a range of disciplines and cultures to solve problems together in teams and make context sensitive judgments, thus promoting cross-cultural understanding, collaboration and leadership.
  • Integrated use of online facilities that will assist you in becoming a more proficient user of information technology, thereby helping to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, responsible and employable.

Overview of Learning Resources

Recommended Readings:

Butkowski, J & Van Kempen,    A. Using Digital Cameras .Amphoto Books, New York. (1998)
Gersheim, H. A                         Concise History of Photography, Dover, New York. (1986).
Hedgecoe, J.                            The Art of Colour Photography M.Beazley Publ. London. (1998).  
Hirsch, R.                                  Exploring Color Photography. Brown & Benchmark Publ.Wisconsin. (1991). 

Overview of Assessment

There are two components of assessment:

  • 2 activities with several parts to each activity. (worth 70%)
  • 1 final portfolio activity (worth 30%)

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include .group work, projects, critiques and peer feedback.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document


Please refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.