Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to photography as an art-directed design practice, with an emphasis on the kind of client-based photographic assignments graduates may expect in the commercial sector. Students will gain a clear working knowledge of photographic pre-visualisation, art direction, studio image construction and studio lighting. Camera skills and studio technologies will be applied to a range of creative ‘client’ briefs.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 1 - 2021

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): DESN2302. Students who have successfully completed DESN2302 are not eligible to enrol in CIND2101.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Pre-visualision and art direction of photographic images;

2. Apply a variety of studio based photographic processes to achieve particular effects;

3. Demonstrate competency in a range of studio lighting techniques;

4. Deliver creative and technically proficient photographic works within a set of challenges or constraints.


Topics will include:

  • Studio lighting techniques;
  • Light measurement and lighting contrast;
  • Photographic art direction;
  • Studio-based photographic genres, including but not limited to portraiture, fashion, advertising, product, still life, tableaux, and experimental photography;
  • Advanced Camera skills.


Students who have successfully completed DESN2302 cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Project: Photographic Project 1 (40%)

Project: Photographic Project 2 (40%)

Practical Demonstration: Demonstration: Lighting and Technical Skills (20%)

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

Self-Directed Learning

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2


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

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.