Course Title: Honours Photography Studio 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Honours Photography Studio 1

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Ray Cook

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1483

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 6, Level 3

Course Coordinator Availability: Via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will initiate a self-directed photographic project, supported through individual supervision, to assist you in extending your creative ideas, methods and practice.  In doing so, you will examine a range of national and international photographers, artists, theories and concepts. You will explore their cultural context and their relevance to contemporary photography, in order to develop an informed position through which to understand your own work and practice. Individual supervision will assist you to position yourself in relation to the multiple narratives that inform contemporary photographic practice.  The activities in this course seek to challenge the assumptions you make about your practice and provide you with new conceptual possibilities through which to explore your photography. You will work closely with your supervisor, attending weekly or fortnightly meetings where you will show progress and gain feedback. Your supervisor is a busy professional with many commitments. The onus is on you to initiate contact, and to be punctual and to keep notes of feedback and comments. Give your supervisor plenty of time to respond to written work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Apply independent research and advanced practical knowledge in the innovative production of a body of studio centred research to communicate sophisticated, informed propositions to a variety of audiences
  • Critically analyse and reflect on your photography practice to continually develop, change and plan for a future that is both informed and improved by professional photographic practice.
  • Develop and implement a vision and philosophy of photographic practice through global, social, cultural, environmental and historical knowledge and contexts to contribute to the positive development of culture

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

  1. Identify, analyse and critically evaluate photographic practices and discourses, to determine their suitability to inform your practice
  2. Experiment with a range of creative and photographic tools and processes to determine future directions for your work
  3. Connect and reflect on relationships between theory and practice as they apply in your own work
  4. Identify and apply advanced photographic methods of making related to specific project intentions
  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.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will take place through individual supervision, as well as through access to online materials, instructional tutorials and readings.

In consultation with your supervisor, you will develop an individual program of practice-led work.

Overview of Learning Resources

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

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 through the following assignments:

  1. Assignment 1: Student led Seminar 40% LO1, LO3, LO5
  2. Assignment 2: Creative Works: semester final. 60% LO1, LO2, LO3 LO4, LO5

Assessment for this course culminates in the presentation of your semester’s studio progress at the end of the semester. It is expected that this work will demonstrate a level of refinement appropriate to a semester of sustained creative experimentation and refinement.

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. 

A Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers. 

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

Late submission or presentation of assessable work without an approved extension or special consideration will be penalised as follows:

  • Completed work submitted 1 to 7 days late will incur a penalty of 5% per day
  • Work submitted after day 7 will not be assessed
  • Weekends and holiday periods are included in the calculation of the late penalty

How the penalty is calculated:

Example - Work is submitted 6 days late, incurring a penalty of 30% (6 x 5% = 30%).

  • The submission receives a result of 60 out of 100. 60 - 30% = 42.
  • The numerical result for that assessment submission is modified from 60 to 42.
  • The result of 42 is used to calculate the final grade for the course.