Course Title: Photography Major Study 1

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2008

Course Code: VART5168

Course Title: Photography Major Study 1

School: 340T Art

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5048 - Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts)

Course Contact : Kellyann Geurts

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4472

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Linda Erceg

Ph: +61 3 9925 4125

Nominal Hours: 144

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

VART5609 - Photography Level 2

Course Description

In this course students use the techniques, concepts and skills acquired in previous photography courses to produce a body of work of personal photographs/images that apply the knowledge of photography as a fine art discipline.
This course focuses on digital practice, with camera use and lighting techniques incorporated into digital studio outcomes.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBS678 Photography Major Study 1

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate advanced technical understanding and use of camera equipment and materials.
2. Select, explore and apply a range of materials, techniques and  processes used in the production of digital photographic images.
3. Adopt selectively contemporary issues and theory in photography.
4. Use photography effectively as a form of visual expression and articulation.
5. Incorporate personal philosophy and concerns as a basis for the production of art works to create a personal body of work.

Details of Learning Activities

Students will receive tuition in their individual studios and in the computer lab.

Lectures, demonstrations, group discussion, gallery excursions and individual tutorials will all feature as part of the course.

Students are expected to work on their practice in their studios and off campus.

Teaching Schedule

This course is run over an 18 semester.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Cotton, Charlotte. The Photograph As Contemporary Art, Thames and Hudson, 2004


Bolton, R. The Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography MIT Press, 1989

Langford, Michael Basic Photography,Oxford Focal Press, 2000.

Janus, Elizabeth (ED) Veronica’s Revenge Contemporary Perspectives on Photography LAC Switzerland,1998

Newhall, Beaumont The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present Day, Doubleday,1964

Sontag, Susan On Photography, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Folio presentation marked by a panel, with written response.

Assessment Tasks

•    Folio Work, demonstrating sustained investigation.
•    8 – 10 Resolved works with backup
•    Successful integration of Photoshop elements within practice.
•    Participation in group tutorial on specified date.
•    1 Visual journal
•    Studio practice        

Students are given a mark (either PX or NN) at the end of the semester.

Assessment Matrix

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