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

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: VART5772C

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

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5213 - Diploma of Textile Design and Development

Course Contact : Mark Boyle

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9173

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

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

Nil Pre-requisites

Course Description

This course is designed to equip students with the skills to use photographic equipment and materials specifically in the context of textile design and production.

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:

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


2. Experiment with techniques
to capture photographic

Performance Criteria:

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


3. Review images

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Use equipment correctly to process and output the
3.2 Evaluate results to ensure correct exposure and the
desired outcome for the subject matter
3.3 Accurately document the processes and outcomes in
accordance with workplace procedures


4. Restore equipment

Performance Criteria:

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

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to understand and use manual controls on a digital camera, and upload images to a computer for basic processing.

Details of Learning Activities

 Presentations and class discussions are interspersed with self directed and group reading activities, reading and writing to the class wiki. There is a strong emphasis on practical workshops and self directed practical activities.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1
An Introduction to photography. Your first Portrait Shoot. Transfer images to computer. Introduction to Photoshop. Intro to Photography presentation. [read camera manual]
Week 2
Shooting Exposure Exercise. Copyright and Etiquette. [research genre/narrative photography for toile brief] Assessment Task 1 due: “Can You Handle Our Cameras?”
Week 3
Discuss how photography can be used for toile. Technical Aspects presentation: depth of field, exposure, shutter speed. Location shoot at Brunswick campus.
Week 4
Toile shoot, Excursion TBA. Assessment task 2 due: “Copyright and Legal”
Week 5
Toile Shoot: Flexible Delivery
Week 6
Panel Review
Week 7
Photoshop for photographers: Photoshopping Toile shoot
Week 8
Table top shoot lighting demo and initial shoot. Students to bring along an item. Assessment Task 3 due: ”Toile Shoot”
Week 9
Tabletop shoot in studio.
Week 10
Textile Textures: Flexible delivery.
Week 11
6 October Panel review.
Week 12
Fashion shoot: portrait lighting demonstration. Assessment Task 4 due: Table top shoot.
Week 13
Fashion shoot: Studio
Week 14
Fashion shoot: flexible delivery
Week 15
Photoshop fashion tips. Assessment Task 5 due: “Fashion shoot”, Assessment Task 6 due: “Technical Quiz”

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There is an extensive list of useful resources on Blackboard.

Overview of Assessment

To achieve successful completion of this course students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of Competency.

Assessment tasks have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner.

Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including a folio of photographs, recording of relevant information (diary), research and online quizzes.

Students will be awarded a grade only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period on the first assessment attempt.

Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but are not eligible for grading.

Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher.

All work must be submitted by the due date. Late submission will not be graded higher than a PASS.

Electronic submission is the preferred mode. All work must be submitted to the online Gallery, and the class Wiki. There are three assessment quizzes on Blackboard.

Assessment Tasks

1. Can You Handle Our Cameras? Multiple choice test on Blackboard.
2. Copyright and Legal. Multiple choice test on Blackboard.
3. Toile Shoot. Folio and diary presentation (electronic submission).
4. Table top Shoot. Folio and diary presentation (electronic submission).
5. Fashion Shoot. Folio and diary presentation (electronic submission).
6. Technical Quiz. Multiple choice test on Blackboard.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

It is recommended that students use there own camera equipment where possible. A camera with manual control is necessary. We do have a small number of cameras for use in class if you don’t have access to suitable equipment.

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