Course Title: Imaging Theory and Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Imaging Theory and Practice 1

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2007

Course Coordinator: Mr Gordon Pickard

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Entry into first year.

Course Description

The key learning areas are delivered in two distinct modules, Digital Imaging and Imaging Theory.
The Digital Imaging module of Imaging Theory and Practice is designed to give students a foundation in the digital imaging theory and tools needed to solve a variety of photographic problems, both now and in the future.

Emphasis will be placed on how the various tools function on their own and combined with others to achieve the desired result. This will give the student the ability to handle most situations.

The Imaging Theory module will look at the theoretical principles of image making. Emphasis is on the application of theory and professional practice.
It will provide participants with the knowledge and information associated with the theoretical principles of photography which will enable them to analyze and solve problems that may be encountered in a variety of photographic situations on location or in the photographic studio.

This course has been designed principally as a core course for students in the Bachelor of Science (Photography) program. Students in other programs, who have suitable photographic backgrounds, may choose it as an elective, with permission of the course coordinator.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will help participants develop the capabilities necessary to understand the underlying principles of photographic practice.

On successfully completing this course, the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate competent use of Photoshop.
• Demonstrate an understanding of digital theory and how it relates to analog photography.
• Demonstrate an ability to solve photographic problems with digital tools.
• Analyze and correct images.
• Determine the appropriate resolution for images being used for specific purposes.
• Demonstrate the ability to effectively bring analog images into the computer.
• Demonstrate the ability to effectively send digital images out to a printer.
• Use of proper terminology when discussing issues related to digital imaging.
• Demonstrate the ability to work with an efficient workflow.
• Solve problems visually.
• Demonstrate a high technical competence with imaging equipment and materials.
• Develop professional relations.
• Think flexibly .
• Manage changing environments and conditions.
• Produce creative solutions to problems. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The content associated with this course will be delivered primarily in weekly lectures. Demonstrations of specific equipment or techniques, will be carried out as needed. Participants will be required to take notes and undertake further study/research on weekly topics outside of scheduled classes. Specialist guest lecturers will be used to deliver some topics both on and off campus.
Students will also be required to undertake further reading and study as well as solve specific problems related to their weekly assignments.

Regular group critiques of practical assignments will be conducted.
Timely submissions of work is required. Knowledge will be tested by a series of examinations.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures will be supported with illustrations and handouts where appropriate. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is conducted within the two discrete modules.

Digital Imaging consists of:
(a) A points based system whereby each assignment and exam is worth a specified number of points and the student’s score is determined by how many of the total are achieved. At the end of the semester, the number of possible points for all assignments and exams minus the number of achieved points in those endeavours will determine the final mark.

Timely submission of all assignments is required.

Imaging Theory consists of
(b) Block tests will be given on a regular basis throughout the year.

A pass in the course requires successful completion of both modules.