Course Title: Contemporary Materials & Processes

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Materials & Processes

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 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Phred Petersen

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2502

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore theoretical principles,concepts and skills that apply across a range of photographic practices.

You will examine technical theoretical principles of photographic image making. These include the application of elements such as light and optics, media literacies such as visual perception, as well as technologies that include imaging systems that are found in professional photographic practice. The knowledge and skills you develop in this course will underpin and inform your photographic practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Investigate the nature and behaviour of light optics in relation to equipment selection and your intended outcome.
  • Identify and analyse the different types and features of cameras.
  • Explain how optical systems work.

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study.
  • Employ critical, cultural discourses and technical knowledge of professional photographic practices and emerging technologies to achieve imaging solutions for clients.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be presented through a variety of activities lecture, experimentation, critical analysis, discussion, 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: