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,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr Laresa Kosloff

Course Coordinator Phone: Please email

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. The development of your project will be primarily supported through individual supervision, providing direction, support and advice to assist you in extending your ideas and methods through self-guided, practice-led-research. The relationship between you and your supervisor is a critical part of the Honours experience and the major learning focus for this course. 

The course will consist of an approved individual program of practice-led-research. This will be outlined in a work proposal that you will develop in consultation with your supervisor. You will receive feedback and critique on your work from peers and lecturers that will inform and progress your individual studio work. 

If you are enrolled in this course as a component of your Bachelor Honours Program, your overall mark will contribute to the calculation of the weighted average mark (WAM).   See the WAM information web page for more information.  

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.

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

Overview of Assessment

You will be required to submit a body of creative works in progress or resolved at the end of semester, along with Archived Records consisting of material that reveals the research behind the creative works, including your methodology and its conceptual and thematic underpinning. You will receive formal and formative feedback during semester to guide you in your research and progress towards assessment. Assessment occurs through a formal presentation of the research and research contexts. 

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: 


Assessment Task 1: Creative works in progress (ungraded feedback) LO1, LO2, LO3 

Assessment Task 2: Creative works resolved or completed 80% LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4 

Assessment Task 3: Archived Records 20% LO2, LO4 

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. 

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.