The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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. These 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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding and working knowledge of SLR cameras

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in producing a photographic series

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the basics of analogue photographic printing

4. Demonstrate the ability to create, analyse and critique their own artistic output

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the historical and contemporary issues and concerns in photomedia practice

6. Demonstrate the ability to communicate key concepts and ideas visually through the production of a resolved body of photographic work

7. Demonstrate an awareness of safe and responsible work practices.


Creative 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

Assessment items

Practical Demonstration: Research Seminar - Mid-Semester

Journal: Research Journal

Portfolio: Portfolio/Studio Practice