Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces the basic skills required to investigate the expressive potential of digital photography. Using tone, colour and light as exploratory tools, students will be introduced to a broad range of photographic techniques. This foundation experience also considers the basic technical, historical and conceptual dimensions of photography. Students will develop an understanding of how the technology of the camera mediates our perception of reality and conditions photographic communication.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding and working knowledge of digital cameras

2. Display a working knowledge of the processes involved in producing digital photographs

3. Apply photographic compositional techniques

4. Understand visual vocabulary

5. Demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary perspectives in photomedia practice

6. Demonstrate an awareness of safe and responsible work practices


  • Fundamental technical processes in digital photography
  • Creative image production including: camera operation, rendering of light, image editing and print production
  • Critical analysis of key historical, conceptual, ethical, and theoretical issues that underpin contemporary photomedia practice
  • Introduction to the development of effective research methodologies.
  • Engagement in various aspects of Photomedia practice in response to project briefs
  • Occupational health and safety and safe work practices.

Assessment items

Journal: Journal - 20%

Portfolio: Portfolio - 30%

Project: Project - 50%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1 and 7


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

Weeks 2-6 and Weeks 8-12

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.