Course Title: Professional Imaging Folio

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Professional Imaging Folio

Credit Points: 24.00


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: Alex Syndikas

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 3805

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 36 level 2, Room 4

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

VART2984 Professional Folio Concept Development.

Course Description

This course consolidates the use of the photographic image as a means of expression and communication.

It is pursued through the notion of image creation as a process of ordering, evaluating and presenting ideas, experiences, and feelings in a visual form; accessible and meaningful to the viewer or target audience to a professional level.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course prepares you for the vocational outcome of your choice, placing stringent but realistic demands on your performance, and assists you in the development of professional standards.

In that context, it is expected you will successfully achieve the following capabilities:
• Become a visually literate problem solver
• Have self marketing skills
• Display a high level of technical competence in your photographic work
• Have a highly developed aesthetic sensibility
• Understand vocational business practices
• Develop a professional relationships with industry
• Understand global, cultural, social and industry related visual contexts in your photography
• Have a highly developed conceptual initiative
• Possess highly developed IT and digital manipulation skills

At the conclusion of this course you will have a cohesive body of work, which will successfully represent you to your chosen area of the industry. It is expected that your folio of images will enable your transition into the photographic industry and become your passport for successful professional photographic engagement.

Overview of Learning Activities

1. Regular tutorial presentations are to be given by you to facilitate discussion and feedback on your work throughout the year. These tutorials, as well as additional class, mentor and informal lecturer contact, will keep you informed of your individual progress.

2. The weekly tutorials and progressive feedback offer you every opportunity to discuss work and problems. Please take full advantage of these opportunities. You are also encouraged to see any member of staff on a regular basis for more personal feedback and in-depth discussion - however at this level, the responsibility for frequent and adequate consultation lies in the main, with the student.

3. A "Graduate Exhibition" of work by ALL students, will be held at the end of the year to be coordinated by the student body; however students are encouraged to exhibit individually or in small groups, at any time throughout the Semester.

Overview of Learning Resources

Organisation and Institution Websites

Australian Centre Contemporary Art:
Australian Centre for Photography:
Australian Institute of Professional Photography:
Centre for Contemporary Photography:
Gertrude Contemporary Art Space:
Guggenheim Museum, (NY, Bilbao, Venice, Berlin, LA):
International Centre for Photography, NY:
Institute of Modern Art:
Josef Lebovic Gallery:
Magnum Photos:
Master of Photography:
Monash Gallery of Art:
The Photographers’ Gallery, London:
QLD Centre for Photography:
Rosylyn Oxley9 Gallery:
Stills Gallery:
World Press Photography:


Leica Fotografie International
Photographers Forum
Zoom Magazine

Overview of Assessment

There are three progressive assessment tasks and a final folio presentation to an assessment panel.