Course Title: Alternative Photographic Processes

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Alternative Photographic Processes

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024,
Sem 2 2024


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Isabella Capezio

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 6.3.17

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the beginnings of analogue photography, through to present day digital processes that continue to exploit the relationship between image and reality. You will examine the early pioneers exploring the chemical and physical phenomena that define the medium of photography, including the history of the camera and the development of printing processes.    

The course encourages practical and conceptual experimentation with materials and processes to expand your individual photographic or visual arts practices. You will also explore the techniques, idiosyncrasies, history, and cultural connections that are a significant part of photography, and create your own examples of various historic and/or alternate photo/image-making processes.   


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This is an elective, which will complement the capabilities you are developing in your program.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 


1) Explore and discuss how technology, material and process influence meaning and context within photo/image making.   

2) Experiment with a range of historical and/or alternative photo/image-making techniques to produce visual outputs.   

3) Evaluate, document, and discuss photo/image-making experiments within the context of a creative project.   

4) Identify and apply safe work practices related to the handling of photographic materials and processes.  

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.  

Learning activities in this elective may require the use of external digital applications and/or extra materials which are readily available.  

You will have access to photographic equipment, workstations, and materials to support your learning.  While learning and assessment in this program can be completed using RMIT equipment and facilities, there may also be consumable costs associated with producing some assessments in hard copy.  


There are services and resources available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student website. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 (25%)
Experimental Image Making 1
CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2 (25%)
Experimental Image Making 2
CLOs: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 3 (10%)
CLOs: 4

Assessment Task 4 (40%)
Final Project
CLOs: 2, 3

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.