Course Title: Art and Photography

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Art and Photography

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


340H Art

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2016


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Shane Hulbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 006.03.013

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will investigate how photography functions within a fine art context. This is investigated through an overview of historical and contemporary photographic ideas and practice. You will be exposed to a diverse range of significant local and international artists who draw upon a variety of photographic technologies in their practice, and investigate the language of photography and how it informs fine art photographic image making. The course provides you with opportunities to respond to lectures and explore ways of processing and articulating your own ideas with traditional and experimental photographic techniques. Class activities aim to engage you in applying photographic discourse to your contemporary art practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

Investigate the photographic image as a concept and construction.
Discuss and evaluate  the cultural meanings of Photographic images in  contemporary art practice.
Apply digital imaging concepts and practices, including processes and functions such as camera capture, scanning and printing to produce electronic images
Apply the functions and operations of the latest computer software as a tool to thinking and making

Learning Outcomes

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

  • discuss the histories of photography and its relationship to contemporary fine art
  • demonstrate an awareness of key fine art photographers and their contribution to art
  • discuss the language of photography and how it informs fine art photographic image making

Overview of Learning Activities

You will engage in a range of individual and collaborative practical learning activities such as applied conceptual thinking, experimenting with material and making work. Other learning activities include lectorials, listening to artist’s talks, observing demonstrations, visiting galleries and sites, reflective writing, analysing art practice, group discussions, peer reviews, and consultations on your studio work.

You will also receive verbal and/or written feedback from academic staff and your peers through a variety of consultations and tutorials. This feedback will help you to track how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes and capabilities for this course. In classes you will also engage in critical reflection and reviews.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will provide you with a range of resources and tools to engage in this course, including, where appropriate, studios and technologies. RMIT University’s online systems will also support your learning and you will have access to a wide range of online and hardcopy resources through RMIT University Library.

RMIT University is in close proximity to a broad range of Melbourne galleries and cultural venues, which you will be expected to visit as part of your course. Professional studio specific workshops, labs and suppliers are also readily accessible.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes.

Assessment Task 1: Quiz, 20% LO1, LO2, LO3

Assessment Task 2: Assignment, 40% LO1, LO2, LO3

Assessment Task 3: Folio, 40% LO1, LO2, LO3

Assessment may include creative photographic projects, reflective papers, quizzes and presentations. 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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.