Course Title: Research and apply information on the traditions that inform photo imaging practice

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2013

Course Code: VART6270C

Course Title: Research and apply information on the traditions that inform photo imaging practice

School: 345T Media and Communication

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4312 - Certificate IV in Photo Imaging

Course Contact : Program Administration

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4815

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Robert Gale

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

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to collect, analyse and apply information on the broad traditions, which inform photographic practice. The unit provides underpinning skills and knowledge
development for all the photo imaging units. This work would usually be carried out independently with guidance where required.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CUVPHI402A Research and apply information on the traditions that inform photo imaging practice


Element 1 Research traditions which inform photoimaging

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify relevant sources of information on traditions
1.2 Identify and explore potential new and alternative
sources which are relevant to own practice.
1.3 Use formal and informal research techniques appropriately to access information.
1.4 Organise research materials and findings for current and future use.


Element 2 Link research to photoimaging practice

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Critically evaluate information in the context of own
2.2 Assess ways in which different aspects of the traditions of photoimaging practice may be used, adapted and challenged within own photoimaging practice.
2.3 Develop positions in relation to the traditions of photoimaging practice to inform own current practice.


Element 3 Update and maintain knowledge of trends within own area(s) of photoimaging practice.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify and use opportunities to update and expand knowledge of the traditions which inform photoimaging practice.
3.2 Incorporate and integrate knowledge into own photoimaging practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements. You will be able to research and analyse the work a diverse range of significant photographer and apply the relevant knowledge to your practice.

Details of Learning Activities

In class activities include, but are not limited to:
guest lecturers
peer teaching and class presentations
group discussion
online research
independent project based work
teacher directed group activities/projects
class exercises to review discussions/lectures

Out of class activities include, but are not limited to:
Current relevant photographic exhibitions

Teaching Schedule

WeekClass contentAssessmentElements
1 Lecture Photo History from 1826 – 1950s
The beginnings of photography, Presentations skills instruction, Copy photography demonstrations instruction.
Lecture & discussion Photographers of the late 1800’s - early 1900’s
2 LIBRARY TOUR Pictorialist to the Realists – The influence of Alfred Steiglitz on modern photography – Julia Margret Cameron.  1,3
3 Discussion Pictorialists and the realists.
Landscape – Ansel Adams & Edward Western
Review of Assignment 2 Progress
 Formative Questionary Adams & Western Set 1,2
4 Lecture & discussion Photographers. The impact of 35mm cameras on Photography – Robert Capa Henry Cartier Bresson… Formative Questionary Adams & Western Due 1,2,3
5 Richard Avedon & Australian Photographers on Architectural & Industrial Max Dupain Wolfgang Sievers, David Moore  1,2,3
6 Assignment 1 students to research presentations  1,2,3
7 Assignment 1 students to submit presentations  1,2,3
8Sally Mann DVD: Discussion Photography of the child model  123
9The changing face of Fashion Photography
David La Chapell Discussion and tests 
 Formative History questions Test
10  Bill Henson: Discussion Photography of the adolescent model
Video Students to work on their up coming presentations
11  Bill Henson: Discussion Photography of the adolescent model
Video Students to work on their up coming presentations
 History questions Test
12 Annie Leibovitz DVD Discussion Students to work on their presentations.  1,2,3
13Assignment 2 students to make oral/visual presentations Summative   1,2,3
14 Assignment 2 students to make oral/visual presentations Summative  1,2,3
15 Assignment 2 students to make oral/visual presentations Summative  1,2,3
16 Assignment 2 students to make oral/visual presentations Summative  1,2,3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Resources for this unit are many and varied; students are able to use the books videos and journal recourses of the RMIT libraries.


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

Other Resources

Personal Hard Drive 250 - 500gig

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include presenting your research findings and their application to your own work in both oral and written form .


Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks in this course are either formative or summative. Formative tasks provide the basis for ongoing feedback and can be considered essential building blocks for the more substantial summative assessment tasks. Summative assessment tasks in this unit are graded.
For further information on the assessment and grading criteria, please refer to the course Blackboard site.

To demonstrate competency in this course, you need to complete each one of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard.

Assignment 1 - Formative assessment: Research and present the life and work of a photographer working between 1820s and 1950s create a Wiki presentation with IMAGES & WRITTEN COMPONETS
DUE Week 7

Assignment 2 – Summative assessment: Research and present the life and work of a photographer working between 1950s and present day.
DUE Week 13

Competency-based assessment, but which also use graded assessment:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC Competent with Credit
CAG Competent Achieved - Grade
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

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

Other Information

The major learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that students attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Cover Sheet for Submissions
All students must complete a submission cover sheet for each piece of submitted work.

Plagiarism - RMIT has a strict policy on plagiarism. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity

All students have access to the myRMIT copyright shell. The myRMIT copyright shell contains information on copyright, plus also examples on how to use copyright works as part of your projects and assignments.

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. Please refer to the following URL for extensions and special consideration:

Student Progress Committee
This committee promotes the early identification of students who are not achieving acceptable academic performance. The committee provides identified students with assistance and seeks to ensure such students are aware of the range of support services available to them at the University. Student Progress Committee (SPC)

Student Feedback
Students are offered opportunities to provide feedback through a variety of mechanisms including online surveys conducted at the end of each course or semester, student complaints and Student Staff Consultative Committees

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