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  • Acknowledgement of Country We respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous Elders, custodians, their descendants and kin of this land past and present.

    Unit study package code: GRDE2027

    Mode of study: Internal

    Tuition pattern summary: Note: For any specific variations to this tuition pattern and for precise information refer to the Learning Activities section.

    Lecture: 1 x 1 Hours Weekly Tutorial: 1 x 2 Hours Weekly

    This unit does not have a fieldwork component.

    Credit Value: 25.0

    Pre-requisite units: Nil

    Co-requisite units: Nil

    Anti-requisite units: Nil

    Result type: Grade/Mark

    Approved incidental fees: Information about approved incidental fees can be obtained from our website. Visit for details.

    Unit coordinator: Title: Dr Name: Toni Wilkinson Phone: +618 9266 7803 Email: Location: Building: 201 - Room: 461

    Teaching Staff: Name: Toni Wilkinson Phone: +618 9266 7803 Email: Location: Building: 201 - Room: 461

    Administrative contact: Name: Sarah Norman-Brown Phone: +618 9266 2281 Email: Location: Building: 202 - Room: 114

    Learning Management System: Blackboard (

    Unit Outline

    GRDE2027 Photography Contexts and Practice Semester 2, 2016

    Faculty of Humanities Department of Design

     GRDE2027 Photography Contexts and Practice Bentley Campus 22 Jul 2016 Department of Design, Faculty of Humanities

    Page: 1 of 17 CRICOS Provider Code 00301J

    The only authoritative version of this Unit Outline is to be found online in OASIS

  • Syllabus GRDE2027 Photgraphy Contexts and Practice is an introductory photography unit that will acquaint students with the theory and practice of contemporary photography. This unit will equip students with an understanding of applied photographic production, the function of photography in the cultural realm and associated critical theory. In Photography Contexts and Practice, students will be required to develop photographic works that demonstrate a clear and disciplined engagement with the practical, aesthetical and theoretical imperatives of the photographic medium.

    Introduction Welcome to Photography Contexts and Practice.

    In this unit students will be expected to be active participants during tutorial discussions and class presentations and will also be encouraged to develop an impassioned perspective on the fascinating world of photography.

    Unit Learning Outcomes All graduates of Curtin University achieve a set of nine graduate attributes during their course of study. These tell an employer that, through your studies, you have acquired discipline knowledge and a range of other skills and attributes which employers say would be useful in a professional setting. Each unit in your course addresses the graduate attributes through a clearly identified set of learning outcomes. They form a vital part in the process referred to as assurance of learning. The learning outcomes tell you what you are expected to know, understand or be able to do in order to be successful in this unit. Each assessment for this unit is carefully designed to test your achievement of one or more of the unit learning outcomes. On successfully completing all of the assessments you will have achieved all of these learning outcomes.

    Your course has been designed so that on graduating we can say you will have achieved all of Curtin's Graduate Attributes through the assurance of learning process in each unit.

    Curtin's Graduate Attributes

    Learning Activities The tuition mode for Photography Contexts and Practice  consists of a weekly one hour lecture and a weekly two hour tutorial/workshop class. You are expected to attend and actively participate in the tutorial discussion and any group learning activities. It is also a requirement that you attend and present your project submissions during the assessment weeks specified in the unit outline, presenting your work to the class is important and helps to develop your ability to construct persuasive communication in regards to your own work.

    It is expected that students will keep a detailed work journal which is developed throughout the semester and

    On successful completion of this unit students can: Graduate Attributes addressed 1 Differentiate between global photographic techniques and practices

    2 Create and construct a series of photographic images in response to given briefs

    3 Convince an audience of your peers, as to the merit of your design solution, with

    sensitivity to cultural values

    Apply discipline knowledge Thinking skills (use analytical skills to solve problems)

    Information skills (confidence to investigate new ideas)

    Communication skills Technology skills Learning how to learn (apply principles learnt to new situations) (confidence to tackle unfamiliar problems)

    International perspective (value the perspectives of others)

    Cultural understanding (value the perspectives of others)

    Professional Skills (work independently and as a team) (plan own work)

    Find out more about Curtin's Graduate attributes at the Office of Teaching & Learning website:

    Faculty of Humanities Department of Design


     GRDE2027 Photography Contexts and Practice Bentley Campus 22 Jul 2016 Department of Design, Faculty of Humanities

    Page: 2 of 17 CRICOS Provider Code 00301J

    The only authoritative version of this Unit Outline is to be found online in OASIS

  • documents all working notes, technical information, photographic inspiration and  research for this unit. The development of the work journal is a process which refines and extends your capacity for professional production and to works to increase your visual literacy skills.

    All four assignments will be assessed throughout the semester in designated tutorial weeks.  All folios must be complete and contain all four class projects. Incomplete submissions will be assessed as incomplete. All submissions should be contained in a professional standard portfolio.

    While there is a swathe of photography on the net you are strongly encouraged to engage with and research the photographers and photographs discussed in the weekly lectures. It is important that you become familiar with the canon of photographers  who have significantly impacted on the development of photography since its inception.


    Students are required to attend and present their photographic submissions to the class in each of the presentation weeks allocated. A five hundred word written rationale document that explicates the reasoning behind the photographs must also be submitted to the tutor at the end of the class presentation.

    Work Journal

    You are advised to maintain a work journal. Whilst the journal is not assessed as an individual component this journal will contain all your working notes, observations, and research compiled throughout this unit. If you prefer, this document can be assembled as a digital file saved to PDF. Moreover, be aware that research towards this unit must be ‘ongoing’ and recorded in the ‘work journal’. Likewise, research documenting is not a ‘retrospective’ activity, it is a process that needs to occur throughout your learning program.

    Submissions must be complete

    All  submissions must be complete. Incomplete submissions will be marked as incomplete.

    Digital photographic submissions

    All photographs must be submitted as digital prints on photographic paper and a digital jpeg file. Laser prints on standard photocopy paper are unacceptable.

    Back-up all digital files

    As a part of professional working practice, you must back-up all your digital files. The loss or corruption of data are not sufficient grounds for project extensions, you are advised to make multiple back-up copies of your files.

    Cameras and equipment

    Students undertaking this unit will require ‘access’ to a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera.

    Digital manipulation

    As all digital cameras tend to have minor exposure and colour balance anomalies, your images will require some post-production manipulation. Indeed, it is expected that you will need to adjust your photographs appearance by altering their exposure, colour balance, composition, image alignment, etc. However, as this is a photographic program, digital manipulation must be kept to a minimum. As such, you are instructed to not use elaborate montage techniques or image filtration. These will not benefit your grasp of the medium.

    Digital printing facility and deadlines

    The Department maintains a digital printing facility in Rm.201.368. Whilst the printer units are generally in good working order from time-to-time they will – despite our best endeavors – break down. Therefore, it is recommended that you print your photographs well ahead of deadlines, certainly not on or the day before of a major submission.


    Production period Only work photographed during the teaching period of the semester will be considered for submission.


    Unit Materials

    Faculty of Humanities Department of Design


     GRDE2027 Photography Contexts and Practice Bentley Campus 22 Jul 2016

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