Course Title: Masters Photography Studio 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Masters Photography Studio 4

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


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 courses VART 3634 Masters Photography Studio 1, VART 3635 Masters Photography Studio 2, and VART 3636 Masters Photography Studio 3 or equivalent before you commence this course.

Course Description

In this studio you will finalise your projects, and complete a resolved folio of work for the capstone event of your program – Professional Folio Presentation.  This will take the form of a presentation of your work for an external examiner from industry.  During this studio course you will consolidate your editing, selection, and determine the most appropriate form of presentation for your work.

Central to this studio is the formal critique of your work with your academic staff and peers.  During the critique you will develop advanced presentation strategies to comprehensively exhibit and/or present your work. 

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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.
  • Independently engage in continued learning to acquire the knowledge, skills and initiative to complete and communicate independent advanced research in one or more fields of photographic practice.

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

  • Employ specialised and comprehensive  knowledge and skill to realise a photographic project for professional presentation
  • Professionally exhibit and/or present your work in a way that is appropriate to the context of your project(s)
  • Demonstrate mastery of photographic skills and methods in the creation of a professional level folio of photographic work.
  • Articulate the social, historical and theoretical frameworks that have influenced your work

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 as through access to online materials, instructional tutorials and readings.  The primary focus of this course is the final presentation of a resolved body of photographic works, presented for external examination.  A series of open critique sessions are designed to support the resolution of your work, as well as facilitate your ongoing skills in analysis and interpretation of photographic works.

During the course you will produce photographic works, with access to photographic studios, editing facilities and printing facilities.

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

The Professional Folio Presentation assessment task is designed to formalise your project(s), finalise your intentions, and complete a body of photographic work ready for professional presentation. 

The Response to Critique assessment task is a reflective piece of writing that responds to the critique you received in an open critique session with academic staff and your peers.

The Professional Folio Presentation Report assessment task is a paper analysing your choices for final presentation.

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: