Course Title: Documentary and Editorial Practice 202

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Documentary and Editorial Practice 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: Maria Stratford

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4915

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 36 level 2, room 9

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Location 101 and 102 or equivalent

Course Description

This course builds on the learning achieved in Documentary and Editorial Practice 201 in the photojournalism / documentary  photographic genres, designed for the working photographer both in Australia and internationally.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On the completion of this course you will have built on the skills obtained in Sem 1 and achieved a higher level of aesthetic understanding and judgement as well as a higher level of communication skills associated with visual story telling.

On completion of this course you will have gained:

  •  higher level of proficiency in the photojournalistic & documentary image, including a high degree of visual literacy 
  •  developed aesthetic sensibilities and story telling competence in order to produce a high level of imagery for the commercial market
  • ability to undertake research in the development of a story
  • skill in the production of a meaningful photoessay
  • ability to critique your own and peers’ photographic work 
  • fluency in the discussion of Documentary photography
  • the capacity for ongoing reflection upon the issues of communication when documenting real life situations

Overview of Learning Activities

Class presentations

Tutorial discussions

Individual and group critiques

Guest lectures

A documentary project 

Overview of Learning Resources

National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Society, Washington D.C.

The Age & The Australian Newspapers & Weekend Supplements

A History of Photography, Lemagny, Jean-Claude & Rouille, Andre, Bordas Paris

The RMIT Library Research Database

Periodical magazines, journals and books on Documentary photography 

You are encouraged to undertake individual research into Documentary photography of which online research forms one part

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course will be through a series of progressive assignments worth 35%, submission of ten high quality images shot for the Design Hub Project 20% and a Documentary Project  worth 45%  = 100%