This studio-laboratory based unit of study will explore the principles and practice of digital fine art photography and equip students with the knowledge to develop, implement and complete a digital fine art photography project in the context of contemporary art practice. Research and investigation exploring the meaning and rationale of fine art photography in the 21st century will be a core component of the unit. Working with a variety of cameras including the digital SLR, students will learn about aperture, shutter speed, ISO settings, white balance and a range of lighting techniques and apply this knowledge when taking photos on location and in the studio. Image processing techniques using organisational and editing tools will encompass workflows, file formats, image resolutions and colour profiles. The final photography project will draw upon practical and theoretical research students have completed as part of their previous studies. This will culminate in a cohesive folio of their finished artwork for public presentation such as an exhibition, website and/or artist's book.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Compose and curate a cohesive folio of photographic work demonstrating a development of the language and style of fine art photography;  
  2. Critically review the context of the fine art photograph in contemporary visual culture and relate this to their own photographic practice;  
  3. Investigate problems encountered in contemporary lens based fine art practice and research and propose solutions; and  
  4. Exhibit a range of material and conceptual approaches to individual, collaborative and inter-disciplinary visual art processes and production.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Creative Works Digital photograph (Group) 10%
Creative Works Printed photograph and Critical Reflection 20%
Presentation In-class research presentation 20%
Portfolio Fine art photographic series and support material 50%

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