Course Title: Photography 101

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Photography 101

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2017


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


RMIT University Vietnam


340H Art


Viet1 2017,
Viet2 2017,
Viet1 2018,
Viet2 2018,
Viet3 2018,
Viet1 2019,
Viet2 2019,
Viet3 2019

Course Coordinator: Alan Hill

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4915

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 6.3.15

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will experiment with image design and creation to communicate specific messages to target audiences.

This course will provide you with the opportunity to examine and establish professional image capture workflows using a DSLR and/or interchangeable lens camera (ILC). You will develop skills in outdoor lighting techniques, design and composition and visual literacy using manual exposure controls. Upon completion of this course you will have an understanding of the aesthetics and processes of contemporary photographic practice enabling you to capture a broad range of subject matter with control, accuracy and creativity.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Analyse and discuss how images communicate meaning.
  • Apply design and photographic principles to create images that communicate effectively.
  • Select and use image editing software.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of photographic images to communicated diverse meanings.

This is an elective, which will complement the capabilities you are developing in your program.

Overview of Learning Activities

The studio will be presented through a variety of activities including workshops, experimentation, lectures, critical analysis, discussion, practice, presentation and reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. -

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

The University Library has extensive resources for Photography students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

The Library provides guides on academic referencing: and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include essays, reports, reflective papers, creative projects 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.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: