Course Title: Masters Photography Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Photography Studio 1

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Alison Bennett

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6248

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 6.3.13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this studio you will examine a range of national and international artists, photographers, theories and concepts, their cultural context and relevance to contemporary photography, in order to develop an informed position through which to explore your own work and practice.  Through a series of studio tasks you will begin to identify how you position yourself in relation to the multiple narratives that inform contemporary photographic practice.  The course seeks to challenge your assumptions about your practice, and provide you with new conceptual possibilities through which to explore your photography.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  1. Identify, analyse and critically evaluate photographic theories and concepts, and determine their suitability for informing your practice
  2. Experiment with a range of photographic tools and process to determine future directions for your work
  3. Apply specific photographic skills to the making of a folio of photographic images
  4. Connect and reflect upon relationships between theory and practice as they apply in your own work
  5. Research and analyse a range of local and international photographers, theories and movements to form a knowledgeable position through which to create photographic works.

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

  • Apply expert judgement and mastery of appropriate photographic concepts and skills, using an advanced and integrated understanding of creative theories and practice.
  • Reflect on your photographic practice, and situate it within a contemporary narrative of photography and the wider social, cultural and global context.
  • Analyse, reflect and synthesise complex information to inform the creation of photographic works.
  • Solve complex problems through expert practical knowledge and specialised technical skills.
  • Work autonomously and with others in collaborative environments to seek innovative and critically reflective solutions and outcomes.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course is studio based and will take place through a series of workshops and tutorials, as well as access to online materials, instructional tutorials and readings.  You will present your work in a series of open critique sessions with academic staff and your peers.  Critique sessions are designed to support the resolution of your work, as well as to facilitate the development of your ability to analyse and interpret photographic works.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. During the course you will produce photographic works, with access to photographic studios, editing and printing facilities.

The University Library has extensive resources for photographic students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources specifically for your photographic studies

The Library also provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarians. See the following link for details 

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. You will be given feedback on all assessment tasks. You will be expected to submit creative photographic works made during this course, as well as reflective material and analysis papers.

There are three assessment tasks for this course;

  1. Folio of photographic work in progress     50% LO 1, 2, & 3
  2. Skills analysis and report           35% LO 4 & 5
  3. Position paper           15% LO 5

The folio of photographic work in progress is designed to encourage experimentation and open up your practice. You will be expected to apply new theories, ways of creating images and an expansive attitude to photography.

The skills and analysis report is a review of your photographic capabilities. It should articulate an awareness of possible directions you might take in developing expertise in photographic production.

The Position paper is a brief paper reviewing national and international artists, photographers, theories and concepts that influence and inform your practice.

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 Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: