Course Title: Photographic Lighting

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Photographic Lighting

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Allan Hill

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 6 Level 3

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the principles and practice of photographic lighting.  You will explore the ways in which light is able to transform human perception and provoke emotion.  The course explores the lighting characteristics of both artificial and natural light sources to further develop your photographic technique.
Central to the course is the observation and examination of light on a range of surfaces, and the impact that form, material, colour and shape has on photographic lighting.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Communicate to audiences within and external to your discipline.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline.

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

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

2. Develop a foundation of lighting strategies to solve practical and conceptual photographic challenges  

3. Critically evaluate and reflect on your creative and technical decisions and their suitability in solving lighting problems.

4. Explore ways to communicate ideas and narratives using available and artificial light.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will be presented through a series of practical workshops designed to support your skill development in lighting.  In addition to the workshops, you will actively engage in a range of lectures, tutorials, class discussions and feedback sessions to support your developing knowledge of contemporary photographic lighting. 
You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectures, turorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face-to-face or 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.

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. 

The RMIT Library has extensive resources for photography students. The Library has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies

There are services and resources available to support your learning through the RMIT 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Working with Light 1 – Texture & Colour (20%)
CLO 1 & 2
Assessment 2: Working with Light 2 – Lighting Ratios (40%)
CLO 1, 2, 3
Assessment 3: Working with Light 3 - On location (40%)
CLO 1, 3, 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 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.