The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Winter - 2020

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding and working knowledge of digital SLR 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

Callaghan and Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term