Course Title: Photographic Lighting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Photographic Lighting

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: Bronek Kozka

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5236

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore how light transforms the perception of the object photographed and provokes emotion and how the visual message is conveyed to specific audiences.

You will examine the manipulation of light through the use of both artificial and natural light sources to realise your concepts and define your ideas. In this context, you will consider the unique characteristics of objects, namely surface, form, material, colour and shape.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Identify and analyse the communication requirements intended for images.
  • Describe the qualities and function of light and how light impacts on the creation of images.
  • Communicate narratives using the qualities produced by the application of available and artificial light.
  • Produce images demonstrating a diverse range of lighting narratives.
  • Reflect on your decision making and creative solutions.

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

  • Communicate to audiences within and external to your discipline.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline.

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: