Course Title: Studio Imaging Practice 102

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Studio Imaging Practice 102

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


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

Course Coordinator: Gordon Pickard

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 3717

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 36 level 2 room 08

Course Coordinator Availability: appointment by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

VART 2978  Studio Imaging Practice 101

Course Description

This course builds on the learning gained in Studio Imaging Practice 101.
The practice of illustrative photography will be learned through a balanced program addressing skills and creativity. This will be undertaken with digital tethered shooting using DSLR equipment in the studio environment and the interpretation and use of various lighting techniques.
All assignments cover a wide range of illustrative problems; however individual initiative and innovative thinking towards problem solving are expected. The course is directly aimed at producing graduates who are able to successfully integrate into the professional photographic industry.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course, it is expected that you will develop the capability to be a visually literate problem solver. You will develop skills to produce images based on conceptual initiative, high technical standard and professional lighting qualities. You should be a flexible thinker, have developed self-critical & analytical skills and have confidence in your ability to solve problems that arise during the creation/production process. It is also envisaged that you will develop physical and mental endurance and be highly self-motivated. You will learn to present your work in tutorials and communicate your ideas.

Apply lighting and camera techniques to resolve a variety of technical and creative problems associated with commercial studio photography

Create well designed and technically crafted images

Investigate and compare examples of historical and contemporary commercial images relevant to the specific visual solution

Present and explain concepts and solutions in response to defined briefs

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be delivered through weekly 3-hour teacher guided sessions in the studio, including ‘on the floor’ feedback. The learning experiences will also be supported by student presentation critique sessions, when you will present your work and communicate your ideas.

Overview of Learning Resources

Compulsory texts:
Prime course text:

Essential Skills: Studio Photography 4th Edition - John Child. Focal Press. London.

Light Science and Magic, Fourth Edition: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting. 4th. Edition  Fil Hunter, Paul Fuqua, Steven Biver. Focal Press, London

Overview of Assessment

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 projects, folio and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

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.

A student 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, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: