Course Title: Photography - Illusion & Reality

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Photography - Illusion & Reality

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2020


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Rebecca Najdowski

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4131

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 006.03.015

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

“A capitalist society requires a culture based on images.” (Sontag 1977)

In this course, you will explore the ways in which visual media now influence our cultural, social and political movements. You will examine the ways in which historically, photographs have been taken, disseminated, considered and used and the impact that digital technology has had on this. In particular, you will investigate how photography has become a cultural commodity tied to encouraging consumerism.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Describe the role of the image-maker in the media in relation to global history and culture.
  • Critically discuss ethical issues in visual communication.
  • Discuss the role that digital media plays in the global dissemination of the image.
  • Examine and analyse images in terms of how they communicate meaning.

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

  • Employ critical, cultural discourses and technical knowledge of professional photographic practices and emerging technologies to achieve imaging solutions for clients.
  • Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on your discipline in both local and international contexts.

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: