Related Studies Photography

Subject FINA10030 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Southbank - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours including contact hours and self-study.

Prerequisites: None
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:


Ms Lou Hubbard


Faculty of the VCA and MCM
Ground Floor, Elisabeth Murdoch Building (Bldg 860)
Southbank Campus
234 St Kilda Road, Southbank, 3006

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This programme comprises two parts:

Part A is a one hour lecture examining the phenomenon of the photograph as it relates to particular artists and art movements intrinsic to the history and contemporary understanding of the Photographic.

Part B comprises a series of three hour project based classes consisting of screenings and discussions focussing on a series of Problem Set assignments that students submit each week. The Problem Sets locate an emphasis on focused and intensive experimental work that develops image generating abilities, observational skills and the articulation of these through conceptual strategies. Resolution of set projects may include photographic or video formats or a combination of the two. Work may involve both individual or collaborative processes. The Problem Sets emphasise conceptual processes, feeling, observation and action in the development of new ideas and modes of expression.

Subject outcomes may include video and photos that incorporate another medium as their premise such as text, performance, sound, sculpture and/or painting.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject will enable students to:
• become familiar with the conceptual strategies of a range of photographic artists;
• understand the historic precedents of the photograph in contemporary art and culture;
• prompt the imaginative analysis and interpretation, through making, of photographic imagery in both the still and moving image;
• challenge students to be artistically and conceptually inventive and rigorous.


Assessment is based on a substantial folio of work demonstrating the range of a student's activities during the semester.

1. 80% attendance at the On Photography class.
2. 80% attendance at the Problem Sets Class.
3. Completion of all 10 individual projects. (40%)
4. Submission of 3 best projects (60 %)

The folio will consist of work made for set exercises/projects.

Ongoing feedback is provided to students during the semester via individual and group discussion and tutorials. The mid-semester review takes into account the student's progress against the following criteria:
* Course engagement
* Work development
Hurdle requirements: Students must attend 80% of all scheduled classes and attempt all elements of assessment to be eligible for a pass in this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Incidental Fees will apply for the purpose of accessing workshops/labs and purchase of materials as relevant.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completing this subject students will be able to:
• exhibit insight into the relationship between theoretical concepts and creative practice;
• recognize the significance of research in creative work;
• develop a sense of individual perspective.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art)

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