Course Title: Contemporary Materials & Processes

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contemporary Materials & Processes

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Isabella Capezio

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 6.3.13

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will explore theoretical principles,concepts and skills that apply across a range of photographic practices. 

You will examine the principles of photographic image making including light and optics, visual perception, and imaging systems found in professional photographic practice.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

  • Apply initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your practice or future study. 
  • Employ critical, cultural discourses and technical knowledge of contemporary photographic practices and emerging technologies to achieve sophisticated visual outcomes. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

1. Identify the capabilities and limitations of different photographic camera systems and their suitability for the production of creative image outcomes. 

2. Evaluate and apply camera craft knowledge to solve a range of photographic challenges. 

3. Identify various optical characteristics and their relationship to image structure and perspective. 

4. Explore and apply knowledge of the properties of light and their principles in the formation of photographic images. 

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be presented through various activities including lectures, demonstrations, experiments, critical analysis, discussion, presentations and reflection. You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities in tutorials that include project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery is face-to-face with learner directed hours that include reading, research and practice. 


Overview of Learning Resources

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

You will have access to professional photographic equipment, workstations, studios and printers to support your learning.  While learning and assessment in this program can be completed using RMIT equipment and facilities, it is recommended that you purchase camera equipment and storage devices.  There may also be consumable costs associated with producing some assessments in hard copy. 

There are services 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 portal. 

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks:   

  Task 1: Camera Craft: Quiz and Photographic Project 35% CLOs: 1, 2    Task 2: Optics & Perspective: Quiz and Photographic Project 30% CLOs: 2, 3    Task 3: Principles of Light: Quiz and Photographic Project 35% CLOs: 2,  4 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

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