Creative Enquiry Photomedia

Course code AART1400Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Creative Arts

Using AART1100 Critical Studies as a conceptual frame, and drawing as an integral language and a research methodology, this course is an enquiry into the expressive potential of analogue photography. Using light creatively as an exploratory tool, students will be introduced to darkroom practices. This foundation experiences embrace historical, theoretical, technical and conceptual dimensions. Creative Enquiry: Photo - Darkroom, aims to stimulate creative engagement in all aspects of Photomedia practice by providing learning environments that cultivate and support the development of informed individual visual sensibilities. The investigation of a wide range of theoretical and technical approaches will allow students to build their own creative language.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful conclusion of the course students will be able to demonstrate:

1. an understanding and working knowledge of SLR cameras
2. an understanding of the processes involved in producing a photographic series
3. an understanding of the basics of analogue photographic printing
4. the ability to create, analyze and critique their own artistic output
5. an understanding of the historical and contemporary issues and concerns in photomedia practice
6. the ability to communicate key concepts and ideas visually through the production of a resolved body of photographic work
7. an awareness of safe and responsible work practices.
ContentCreative Enquiry: Photo - Darkroom, will give students a solid understanding of visual culture in relation to photographic practice. The course develops fundamental photographic techniques and methods across digital and analogue technologies. Course content includes:

• The development of critical thinking skills through the analysis of key historical, conceptual, ethical, and theoretical issues that underpin contemporary photomedia practice
• Basic technical process in relation to analogue practice
• All aspects of creative image production including: capture and rendering of light; editing and critique; and print presentation.
• Development of research journals and methodologies
• Engagement in studio practice
• Guest lectures and relevant gallery and festival visits
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAs an introductory course, no assumed knowledge applies.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Project portfolio (30%) and studio journal (10%): due for assessment mid semester. Focus is on Course objectives 1,2,3,4.
Other: (please specify)Project portfolio (50%) and studio journal (10%): due end of semester assessment. Focus is on Course objectives 1,2,3,4
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Workshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 1 weeks
Studio: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentRequisite - Enrolment in this course is limited to students in the Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Fine Art.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for AART1400