Course Title: Specialist Materials

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: VART5194

Course ID: 021022

Course Title: Specialist Materials

School: 345T Creative Media

Program Code: C5041 - Diploma of Arts (Applied Photography)

Course Contact : Josiane Mueller

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 99254585

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Edward Javier

+(61 3) 9925 4774

Building: 94
Level: 2
Room: 35
City Campus (unresolved)

Nominal Hours: 80

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

VART5789C Use colour materials processes/printing techniques in wet darkroom context
VART5782C Use a 35mm SLR camera or digital equivalent
VART5784C Apply photoimaging lighting techniques
VART5783C Plan and carry out image capture in response to brief
VART5785C Process photoimages to work print/file stage
VART5786C Use and extend wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome

Course Description

This course provides the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to use advanced colour and B&W processes and techniques that are available to enhance the image. It also introduces students to the choice of professional laboratory services available for the after treatment and presentation of the image.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBS803 Specialist Materials


VBS803/1 Produce high quality B&W images using advanced printing techniques.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Demonstrate a high level of image tonal control
1.2 Produce finished work that is free from blemishes, scratches, dust marks
1.3 Produce finished work that is of appropriate constrast, density and focus for the intended purpose
1.4 Produce finished work demonstrating a range of techniques


VBS803/2 Create composite images from separate elements.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Produce image wereby individual picture elements are appropriately lit, focused, and composed for the pre-visualized composite image
2.2 Apply contrast, density and colour balance suitable for inclusion in the composite image


VBS803/3 Evaluate the range of professional laboratory services available to professional

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Compare the services of two nominated professional laboratories describing the range of services and prices, charges and timelines and options. Give reasons for the differences


VBS803/4 Research and analyse a product available to the contemporary photographer.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Produce written report including aim, method, technical specifications and conclusions on choice
4.2 Evaluate choice of camera format and technique to the quantity, size and quality of the original images

Learning Outcomes


Overview of Learning Activities

Details of Learning Activities

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to use advanced b&w and colour processes which are used to extend the image. It will also introduce participants to the choice of colour laboratory services for presentation and after treatment of the image. Weekly sessions are structured around a tutorial session on the topics and theory associated with the course. This is also an opportunity to review work and participate in critique sessions at certain stages of the semester. The remainder of the session is set aside to continue with demonstrations and assignment work.

Teaching Schedule

week 1:
overview of specialist materials:
advice on developing ideas,
technique vs. creativity,
developing a style or approach,
advertising/commercial themes.

times allocated for draft submission during class.

assignment draft due: end of class (40 marks total)

week 2:
assignment brief due:
as per scheduled time allotted.

week 3:
studio and/or location

week 4:
studio and/or location

week 5:
assignment due:

week 6:
studio and/or location

week 7:
assignment due:

week 8:
studio and/or location

week 9:
assignment due:

week 10:
studio and/or location

week 11:
assignment due:

week 12:
studio and/or location

week 13:
studio and/or location

week 14:
re shoots/folio critique.

week 15:
folio submission at end of class.

week 16:
re submission week.

week 17:
folio submission at end of class.

week 18:
assessment week.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Studio, Capture Devices, Darkroom

Overview of Assessment

Assessment requires submission of a folio of photographs, a product report and an essay on a negotiated topic relevant to the learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

there are five (5) assignments to be completed for specialist materials. one is a written assignment and four are practical. these assignments will be based on the following premise:

you have been contacted by a new young design studio. they have seen your folio and really like the way you work with various alternative process and more traditional techniques. they have a new client who produces… (your choice, could be a product, fashion ???). they (the designers) want you to explore different photographic treatments of the product to establish a “look” for the client.

the processes listed below (2 the images) are an integral part of your folio, which you have painstakingly produced and taken pride in putting together. you must produce two (2) examples of each, and remember the process must suit the content, the concept and the product chosen.

for example a fine art display type print may suit an elegant well lit stylish shoe shot, whereas cross processes e6 through c41 might suit an extreme sports shoe….also remember these rules can be broken…as long as it works as an image and concept!

1.    the brief – to be discussed and handed in (remember to keep a copy for yourself you will need to stick to it)
participants are to write a four (4) page brief, outlining the work that is to be done. this brief will include the following:
content: the subject/subject matter to be photographed
the “look” for each of the required processes.
some background on the processes to be used, examples by other photographers.

a shoot schedule including, requirements ( is it studio or location do you need to book a studio, what equipment will you require for each shot, talent, props assistant, format, digital or analogue, final use of image etc.)

due: week 2 (submission times given during class)

assignment mark: 40 total

2.    the images. complete 4 out of 5.
practical assignment (to be present as a folio of 8 mounted images 8x10 or a4)
1.    cross process c41 > e6  and/or e6 > c41
2.    sabattier
3.    infrared film, b+w or e6
4.    polaroid transfer or other
5.    polaroid emulsion lift-off*
•    this is up to you it will need to be approved and included in your brief

due: every 2/3 weeks: week 5/6, week 7/8, week 9/10, week 11/12

any reshoot: due week 13/14

final folio due: week 15 (20 total)

assignment mark/s: 10ea (40 total)

Other Information

Occasionally to facilitate principles of flexible delivery, minor adjustments may be made to this schedule. Students will be kept informed by their relevant teacher.

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