Course Title: Photography

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: VART5760

Course Title: Photography

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5048 - Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)

Course Contact : Kellyann Geurts

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

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Nominal Hours: 48

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

OHTH5322C Follow health, safety and security procedures

Course Description

This course provides participants with a theoretical and practical introduction to photography. The course serves as a foundation for:
• exploration of possible approaches to photography
• advanced skills in the application of photographic and imaging practices.

Students will extend the basic knowledge gained about camera and printing methods by the production of digital prints. More emphasis is placed on the development of the student’s ideas and concepts, and how these may be applied to the photography process.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBS643 Photography

Learning Outcomes

1. Implement the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) policies and procedures appropriate to a range of photographic and imaging processes and practices
2. Explain the basic technical considerations associated with camera operation and image formation
3. Explain the uses of a range of photographic materials and techniques used in the production of photographic images
4. Produce images using appropriate photographic processes and procedures
5. Produce photographic images as representations of objects, situations, and concepts
6. Discuss the representational nature of photography on various levels: as cultural and personal expression, as technology, as documentation, and as design

Details of Learning Activities

TUTORIALS : Student’s folio work will be discussed and they will be guided through individual and group tutorials. Students are required to participate in tutorials as they are a valuable part of the development of artistic practice.
WORKSHOPS : Workshops will be conducted throughout the semester and will cover use of all equipment in the Digital Lab.
EXCURSIONS : Excursions will be conducted to Prism Digital Bureau for final fine printing of projects.

Students will be guided through their folio development both practically through the use of equipment and also conceptually with the development of  ideas.

They will be required to develop a thematic project using research which will result in prints made in the Digital Studio and also in photo labs outside of RMIT. 

All students will be required to complete 2 Projects and compile a Photo Journal.

During the semester they will be introduced to different styles and approaches to photography through the work of a selection of artists working with photography.

It is essential that students start to learn how to incorporate theory and research into the development of their folio.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1  - 11 – 15 Feb : ORIENTATION WEEK

Week 2 - Mon 18 Feb / Tues 19 Feb : INTRODUCTION: PHOTOGRAPHY AS ART

Week 3 - Mon 25 Feb / Tues 26 Feb : PROJECT 1 : Genres of Photography

Week 4 - Mon 3 Mar / Tues 4 Mar : PROJECT 1 / Digital imaging workshop

Week 5 - Mon 10 Mar (Public Holiday) / Tues 11 Mar : PROJECT 1 / Digital imaging workshop

Week 6 - Mon 17 Mar / Tues 18 Mar : PROJECT 1 / Digital imaging workshop

20 – 26 March :  MID-SEMESTER BREAK

Week 7 - Mon 31 Mar / Tues 1 Apr : EXCURSION : PRISM Digital Imaging Lab

Week 8 - Mon 7 Apr  / Tues 8 Apr : PROJECT 1 PRESENTATION & group tutorial

Week 9 - Mon 14 Apr / Tues 15 Apr : PROJECT 2 : Photographic Self Portrait

Week 10 - Mon 21Apr / Tues 22 Apr : PROJECT 2 / Digital imaging workshop

Week 11 - Mon 28 Apr / Tues 29 Apr : PROJECT 2 / Digital imaging workshop

Week 12 - Mon 5 May / Tues 6 May : PROJECT 2 / Digital imaging workshop

Week 13 - Mon 12 May / Tues 13 May : PROJECT 2 / Digital imaging workshop

Week 14 - Mon 19 May / Tues 20 May : PROJECT 2 / Digital imaging workshop

Week 15 - Mon 26 May / Tues 27 May : PROJECT 2 PRESENTATION & group tutorial

Week 16 - Mon 2 Jun / Tues 3 Jun : FOLIO WORK & individual tutorials

Week 17 - Mon 9 Jun / Tues 10 Jun : ASSESSMENT


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Cotton, Charlotte. The Photograph As Contemporary Art, Thames and Hudson, 2004.


Bright, S. (2005). Art Photography Now. New York, Aperture.

Campany, D. e. (2003). Art and Photography. London, Phaidon.

Clarke, G. (1997). The Photograph. New York, Oxford University Press.

Cotton, C. (2004). The Photograph as Contemporary Art. London, Thames & Hudson.

La Grange, A. (2005). Basic Critical Theory for Photographers. Oxford, Elsevier/Focal Press.

Lambert, M. J., E (ed.) (1998). Veronica’s Revenge: Contemporary Perspectives on Photography. Zurich, Scalo.

Langford, M. (2000). Basic Photography, Oxford Focal Press.

Szarkowski, J. (1989). Photography Until Now. New York, Museum of Modern Art.

Wells, L. (2004). Photography: A Critical Introduction. New York, Routledge.

Other Resources

National Gallery of Victoria

Centre for Contemporary Photography

Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney

Stills Gallery, Sydney

Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Overview of Assessment

Folio presentation marked by a panel, with written response.

Assessment Tasks

Folio prints need to be resolved works that are backed up by research and support prints and shows your progression through ideas.  This should be evidenced in your Photo Journal.

The final assessment for the Photography folio will include work from:

Project 1: Genres of Photography

Project 2 : Photographic Self - Portrait

Photo Journal

Assessment Matrix

Not Applicable

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