Course Title: Masters Photography Studio 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Photography Studio 2

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

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 6.3.13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite course Masters Studio 1 before you commence this course.

Course Description

In this studio you will undertake a self-directed studio project in consultation with an academic advisor.  This course is designed to support you in the development of directed research, emerging ideas and how to explore them, the role and value of creative research and methods for expanding critical dimensions in your work.  You will create a folio that locates your work within the narratives and discourse of contemporary photography. While completed photographic works is ultimately the goal, this course takes an early experimental approach to the formation and resolution of creative projects.

To realise your self-directed project, a series of workshops aimed at expanding your technical knowledge and developing your skills for solving complex visual problems is offered.  Through this, you will identify areas where further work is required, and, in consultation with your advisor, explore supportive ways of furthering your capabilities.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  1. Effectively initiate self-directed projects that are informed by theoretical and conceptual ideas
  2. Use research as a way of directing and informing creative projects to more critically engage with a photographic practice
  3. Identify and interrogate photography in a global context
  4. Apply advanced technical skills in the production of 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 takes place through a series of lectures, workshops and tutorials, as well through access to online materials, instructional tutorials and readings.  At the beginning of the course you will be assigned a supervisor to help formulate how your project for the semester will be realised.  You will meet regularly with your supervisor to explore options and discuss outcomes. 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 four assessment tasks for this course;

  1. Project Proposal (10%) 
  2. Review 1 (20%) 
  3. Review 2 (20%)
  4. Review 3 (50%)

The folio of self-directed photographic work is designed to consolidate experimentations and formalise your voice within your chosen photographic narrative.

The skills and analysis report is a review of your capabilities and an awareness of possible directions to take in developing expertise in photographic production.

The Position paper is a brief paper reviewing national and international artists, photographers, theories and concepts that most effectively 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: