Course Title: Masters Photography Studio 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Photography Studio 3

Credit Points: 24.00



Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Shane Hulbert

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2481

Course Coordinator Email: shane.hulbert@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 24.2.7

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses VART 3634 Masters Photography Studio 1 and VART 3635 Masters Photography Studio 2 or equivalent before you commence this course.


Course Description

In this studio it is expected that you have a developed photographic practice, an awareness of how to place yourself within the multiple narratives of contemporary photography, and a skill set that enables you to solve complex visual problems to more critically engage with the theories and practice of photography. 

This studio begins to consolidate your photographic practice and explore the diverse ways of working within a creative industry.  The course considers audience and how photography is encountered within the community of practice globally.  Skills in the presentation, distribution and consumption of photography are explored, along with ways in which to position your own work into this context.

Central to this studio is the formal critique of your work with your academic staff and peers.  During the critique you will develop strategies to present and uphold your ideas and work to your peers, respond to supportive discussion, and evaluate your work through new insights.

Projects are realised in consultation with your academic advisor, with the intention of ensuring you are ready to complete your final folio of work.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  1. Utilise high level digital literacy skills to produce, document, present and publish your photographic works
  2. Independently evaluate, and critically assess photographic work from one or more photographic disciplines
  3. Employ practice-led techniques and methods to critically analyse the contribution of cultural and photographic theories to the production of a creative photographic folio of work
  4. Formulate and communicate ideas and engage in the discussion of photographic works, creative problem solving and relevant ideas in contemporary photography and culture


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

  • Apply expert judgement and mastery of appropriate photographic concepts and skills, using an advanced and integrated understanding of creative theories and practice.
  • Reflect on your photographic practice, and situate it within a contemporary narrative of photography and the wider social, cultural and global context.
  • Analyse, reflect and synthesise complex information to inform the creation of photographic works.
  • Solve complex problems through expert practical knowledge and specialised technical skills.
  • Work autonomously and with others in collaborative environments, to seek innovative and critically reflective solutions and outcomes.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course is studio based and takes place through a series of lectures, workshops and tutorials, as well as through access to online materials, instructional tutorials and readings.  The focus of this course is on audience encounter, and the strategies and options for the professional presentation of work. You will present your work in a series of open critique sessions with academic staff and your peers.  Critique sessions are designed to support the resolution of your work, as well as to facilitate the development of your ability to analyse and interpret photographic works.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. During the course you will produce photographic works, with access to photographic studios, editing and printing facilities.

The University Library has extensive resources for photographic students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources specifically for your photographic studies http://rmit.libguides.com/photography

The Library also provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians. See the following link for details http://www.rmit.edu.au/library/referencing


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. You will be given feedback on all assessment tasks. You will be expected to submit creative photographic works made during this course, as well as reflective material and analysis papers.

There are three assessment tasks for this course;

  1. Folio of Photographic Works for Presentation (50%) 
  2. Skills Expertise (35%) 
  3. Critical Review Report (15%) 

The Folio of Photographic Works for Presentation assessment task is designed to formalise your project(s) and consolidate your intentions with a view to identifying directions for final presentation.

The Skills Expertise assessment task is the final report on you skill development, and should reflect on your areas of expertise and specialisation.

The Critical Review Report assessment task is a short paper reflecting on your review sessions during the course.

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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment