Light Moves

Subject 760-359 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and 2-hour practical workshop, and 4-hour studio access per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 25 points of visual media or equivalent.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


To be advised
Subject Overview:

This subject examines the way that artists and photographers use and control light to create atmosphere. They will be encouraged to explore challenging lighting situations and conceptual ideas. Through a series of lectures students will gain an understanding of Ansel Adams' Zone System. The lectures will demonstrate how photographers can manipulate dynamic zones to create pre-visualised effects. This subject creates a dialogue between aesthetics, science and technology. Each week there will be a one-hour lecture followed by a two-hour practical workshop in the studios. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the Zone System in their practical work and may also explore alternative processes and the incorporation of other media. Each student will also plan and undertake a research project based on light. The research project is intended to develop individual thinking, research and presentation skills. It is expected that students will present a selection of their final pieces for public scrutiny in the form of a curated exhibition.

Assessment: Class participation and work equivalent to 4000 words, comprising of a photo assignment based on the Zone System 20% (due early in semester), a research project based on light comprising a 1000 word research report and four images 40% (due mid-semester) and a final folio of six related prints in a chosen genre 40% (due at the end of semester). In week 9 each student will give a brief presentation of their proposed final project.Assessment submitted late without an approved formal extension will be penalised at 2% per day. Students who fail to submit up to 2-weeks after the final due date without a formal extension and/or special consideration will receive a fail grade for the piece of assessment.
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A subject reader will be available from the Bookroom at the beginning of semester.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • Research through competent use of text and internet resources and through defining areas of enquiry and methods of research;

  • Demonstrate time management, independent organization and planning;

  • Communicate knowledge in oral, written and creative form.


A quota of 20 students applies to this subject. Students who have completed 760-323 Media Production: Advanced Photography are ineligible to enrol in this subject. Students without a basic knowledge of photography must complete the relevant online modules in MAIL: Media Arts Interactive Learning. A basic knowledge of Photoshop is required.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Creative Arts
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Creative Arts and Bachelor of Teaching
Diploma in Creative Arts
Graduate Certificate in Digital Media

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