Photography School Options: Semester 2

The BA Photography School Options for 2023 are described below. These are the options for the second and third year students.

Please read them carefully and add these through enrolment online.

Fine Art Course Options
You can also consider Fine Art Workshop classes or ART: History+Theory+Cultures classes as School Options. These are managed by Fine Art.
Semester 2
Workshops: will be preferenced via MyTimetable. 
ART:History+Theory+Cultures: ART2 and ART3 will be preferenced via MyTimetable. 

IMPORTANT – You must not repeat school options. Although we would like to offer all of the courses below, courses are subject to viability and may not run if numbers are too low.

Cecilia Baker 'Cyanotypes'

VART1704 Alternative Photographic Processes

  • Isabella Capezio(course coordinator)
  • Isabella Capezio & Chris Bowes
  • TBC
  • 006.05.001

This course introduces you to the beginnings of Photography to the present day. You will examine the early photographers exploring the chemical and physical phenomena that define the medium of photography. You will also explore the techniques, processes, history, and cultural connections that are such a significant part of photography. The studio will be presented through a variety of activities including workshops, darkroom, experimentation, lectures, critical analysis, discussion, practice, presentation and reflection. 

Please find link to the course guide.

Ngarara Place at RMIT city campus by Greenaway Architects.
Image: Jefa Greenaway

VART3627 Creative practice in place: Working on unceded lands

  • Martine Corompt and Alan Hill (course coordinators)
  • Jody Haines and specialist guest lecturers
  • Semester 2 Intensive: Start: Thursday 17 August (Week 5); End: Thursday 28 September (Week 10)
  • 6.2.3, 6.2.1

This course invites you to develop a reflective relationship to the knowledge systems of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The course takes a practice-based approach to learning and will actively involve you in thinking about, questioning and exploring a range of responses to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' ways of knowing, being and doing as critical knowledge systems.

A focus on your own subject position and relationship with First Peoples’ sovereignty will be vital in forming a personal response and considering the broader implications of the conceptual frameworks for your creative practice.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of creative practice in relation to place, culture and history on unceded land.
  2. Critically reflect on and evaluate assumptions, biases and methods in your creative practice in response to your location, situation and relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander custodianship.
  3. Through creative practice locate and situate yourself in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge systems.

The course will be delivered collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and will include a range of activities including workshops, demonstrations, practical activities, fieldtrips, tutorials, lectures and group discussions.

You will engage in a range of learning activities that explore creative methods for developing an understanding of First Nations perspectives, world views and lifeways as important knowledge systems.

This course is running under the flexible term. To add a Flexible Term Course in Enrolment Online, choose the 'Additional Term' UGRD flexible term 2023 tab, select 'add classes', then 'class search'.

VART3510 Internship

  • Jerry Galea (course coordinator)
  • Jerry Galea
  • Friday 9:30am – 12:30pm
  • Online

In this course, you will participate in an internship or artist in residence program in an arts, photographic or cultural organisation, company, festival, commercial industry, gallery, museum or studio, through dual negotiation with the industry and School. You will be expected to work as directed by the host organisation, to address and solve real-world issues in an arts industry workplace environment. 
This is a Work Integrated Learning course designed to facilitate a practical working relationship between you and selected arts and cultural organizations. 

More information about RMIT’s Work Integrated Learning can be found here: 

Please find link to the course guide.

VART1710 Location Imaging

  • Jerry Galea (course coordinator)
  • TBC
  • Friday 1:30pm – 4:30pm
  • 006.02.003

The course aims to further enhance the skills and professional requirements of commercial photographic practice on location. You will be required to investigate and observe multiple locations. You will identify and propose appropriate visual narratives that will examine and interpret the lighting and design elements of your chosen locations. You will capture images that demonstrate technical control of digital workflows and lighting control with an emphasis on creativity and interpretation. You will present your work and justify the outcomes achieved. The assignments lead to self direction and independence.

Please find link to the course guide.

VART3481 The Photographic Fine Print

  • Shane Hulbert (course coordinator)
  • TBC
  • Monday 9:30am – 12:30pm
  • 006.05.001

In this course you will explore the digital fine print, its tradition and practice in the age of digital reproduction. Sophisticated digital imaging techniques are investigated to expand upon the tradition of the print. You will explore photographic and/or printmaking histories in ways that inform a contemporary digital print imaging practice and employ advanced digital skills to make prints of the finest quality. 

Please find link to the course guide.