Course Title: Photography

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 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

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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 basic post-production imaging techniques in the Digital Studio.

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  - Mon7 / Tues8 JULY: Overview of semester 2 / Introduction to Project 3: Narrative in Photography

Week 2 - Mon14 / Tues15 JULY: The Photo Book & The Photo Essay

Week 3 - Mon21 / Tues22 JULY: Digital Workshop / Tutorial

Week 4 - Mon28 / Tues29 JULY: Digital Workshop / Tutorial

Week 5 - Mon4 / Tues5 AUG: Digital Workshop / Tutorial

Week 6 - Mon11 / Tues12 AUG: Digital Workshop / Tutorial

Week 7 - Mon18 / Tues19 AUG: Class Presentation

Week 8 - Mon25 / Tues26 AUG: Assessment


Week 9 - Mon8 / Tues9 SEPT: Introduction to Project 4: Fact & Fiction in Photography

Week 10 - Mon15 / Tues16 SEPT: Documentary / Slide Lecture: The Genius of Photography

Week 11 - Mon22 / Tues23 SEPT: Digital Workshop / Tutorial

Week 12 - Mon29 / Tues30 SEPT: Digital Workshop / Tutorial

Week 13 - Mon6 / Tues7 OCT: Excursion / Field Work

Week 14 - Mon13 / Tues14 OCT: Digital Workshop / Tutorial

Week 15 - Mon20 / Tues21 OCT: Digital Workshop / Tutorial

Week 16 - Mon27 / Tues28 OCT: Tutorial

Week 17 - Mon3 / Tues4 NOV: Class Presentation

Week 18 - Mon10 / Tues11 NOV: Assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


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 3: Narrative in Photography

Project 4: Fact & Fiction

Photo Journal

Assessment Matrix

Not Applicable

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