The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Students will produce work in alternative media with research and creative development in the non silver Photomedia area. The student will, through independent research and critiques in alternative photography, foster self reflective work. Students will produce documentation of methods and techniques that will enable the production of high quality art work and vocational material. Students will gain an awareness of the ethical and philosophical concerns of Photomedia and an in-depth knowledge of simple imaging methods using paintbrushes and sunlight.

Field work may be included in this course

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Produce a body of work using alternative photography techniques;

2. Undertake independent research into alternative photography concepts and techniques;

3. Present a portfolio of work in reference to undertaken research;

4. Understand and apply ethical, social and cultural concerns within Photography;

5. Promote and practice occupational health and safety issues associated with non digital Photography.


Topics may include:

  • Alternative methods of image-making in Photomedia;
  • Cyanotype, Van Dyke and other Ultraviolet sensitive media;
  • Folio, book production and design;
  • Orthochromatic film, copy work and large format exposure methods;
  • Mixed media and montage methods;
  • Development and critical and analytical skills essential to Photomedia;
  • Media practice and ethics;
  • Research and critical appraisal of Alternative Photomedia applications;
  • Health and safety.


To enrol in this course students must have successfully completed 60 units at the 1000 level.

Students must have successfully completed 60 units at 1000 level to enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Journal: Studio Journal - 20%

Project: Mid Semester Assessment - 30%

Project: Final Studio Output - 50%

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term