Course Title: Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: VART5782C

Course Title: Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4197 - Certificate IV in Creative Industries

Course Contact : Program Administration - Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 4976

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Bryce Dunkley
Phone: 9925-8012 (leave message)

Teacher:  Viv Weir
Phone:  9925 8012

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to apply a range of specific photo-imaging techniques to the use of a 35 mm SLR camera (analogue or digital)

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI05A Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent


1.  Operate the camera

Performance Criteria:

1.1Identify and select appropriate camera for specific purposes
1.2Safely operate the camera


2.  Experiment with techniques to capture photographic images

Performance Criteria:

2.1Identify and select appropriate techniques for the photographic subject matter
2.2Identify and select correct lenses and accessories for the photographic subject
2.3Select and use appropriate controls to effect image capture and to ensure correct exposure
2.4Test techniques to achieve changes to subject appearance as required


3.  Review images

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and select appropriate techniques for the photographic subject matter
3.2 Identify and select correct lenses and accessories for the photographic subject
3.3 Select and use appropriate controls to effect image capture and to ensure correct exposure
3.4 Test techniques to achieve changes to subject appearance as required


4.  Restore equipment

Performance Criteria:

4.1Clean and prepare equipment for storage, using cleaning materials safely
4.2Store equipment in accordance with workplace procedures

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to apply a general knowledge of the use of a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent to the principles of design, cleaning and maintenance and safety procedures.

Details of Learning Activities

In-class activities will include;

• Class presentations
• Group discussions
• Demonstrations
• Analysis of photographs
• Workshopping
• Teacher directed activities

Out-of-class activities will include;

• Independent research
• Photographic assignments

Teaching Schedule

Please note: While your teacher will cover all the material in this schedule, the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources.

WeekClass ContentOtherElements
Introduction, OHS
- Photography Workbook to be assessed twice – Week 5 and Week 15
- Camera, lenses, tripod, shutter speeds, aperture,
- Collected Examples No’s 1-10 (Due Week 5)
- More theory, bring photography notebooks.
Week 2- Exposure, using the camera, ISO, white balance, depth of field
- Camera Skills Exercise
- Be prepared to photograph Camera Skills Exercise on location
 1.1 1.2
Week 3- Camera Skills Exercise
- Have the photos printed before next class
Location work1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 4.1 4.2
Week 4- Review Camera Skills Exercise, Recap camera use
- Discuss Design & Composition
- Design and Composition Assignment
- See list for times of individual assessments next class:
To be assessed - Collected Examples 1-10
- Camera Skills Exercise
- Workbook 1
Camera Operations Exercise DUE3.2 3.3
Week 5Camera Skills Exercise
Collected Examples No’s 1-10
Photography Workbook
 1 2.1 2.2 3.1 3.2 3.3
Week 6Labour Day Holiday  
Week 7Design and Composition AssignmentDesign and Composition Assignment1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 4.1 4.2
Week 8Post Production of images
Preparation for printing
Select and prepare for printing - Design and Composition Assignment
 3.1 3.2 3.3
 Week 9 Studio and Outdoor lighting
Assignment – Studio and Outdoor lighting
Post production & preparing images for printing
Allocation of studio photographing schedule
  1.1 1.2 3.1 3.2 3.3
 Week 10 Group A – Studio Lighting Assignment
Group B – Outdoor Lighting Assignment
 Lighting assessment due 1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 4.1 4.2
 Week 11 Design and Composition Assignment   1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 4.1 4.2
  MID SEMESTER BREAK – 21st April – 27th April  
 Week 12  Group B – Studio Lighting Assignment
Group A – Outdoor Lighting Assignment
  1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 4.1 4.2
 Week 13 Portrait Photography – Formal and Environmental (photo-journalistic)
Black and White Photography
Portrait Assignment
Personal Project
 Portrait assignment due 1.1 1.2
 Week 14 Portrait Assignment  1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 4.1 4.2
 Week 15 Individual times for concept presentation and assessment
Concepts for Personal Project
Studio and Outdoor Lighting Assignment
 Week 16 Personal Project
Selection and Presentation of images for Portrait & Personal Project
Selection and Presentation of final folio
Portrait Assignment, Personal Project and Folio
TEST and Workbook Assessment
 Folio due 1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 4.1 4.2

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Class handouts


You are advised to look at the course Blackboard site for ongoing updated information.

Other Resources

• Analogue or digital camera
• Camera accessories
• Photographic studio
• Photographic lighting equipment
• Print presentation equipment & facilities
• Computer workstation (Mac or PC)

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the applications of photographic skills.

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback on all assessment.

1. Camera Skills Assignment (10%) Due week 4
2. Design and Composition (15%) Due week 9
3. Studio and Outdoor Lighting/ Still life Photography (15%) Due week 13
4. Portrait & People Assignment (20%) Due week 16
5. Folio (including Personal Project) (20%) Due week 16
6. Photography Notebook (10%) Due week 16
7. Test (10%) Due week 16

The details on these assessments and the grading criteria for this competency can be found on the course blackboard site.

Grades used in this unit are as follows:

80 – 100% HD High Distinction
70 – 79% DI Distinction
60 – 69% CR Credit
50 – 59% PA Pass
Under 50% NN Fail

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrated alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency. These are available through the course contact in Program administration

Other Information

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension.
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