School of Art - Flexible Term Courses

Flexible Term Courses are those courses that are outside the standard Semester 1 and 2 dates. These may include the study tours, courses run over semester breaks, or intensives run throughout the year. Details of Flexible Term 2020 School electives are listed below. 

To add a Flexible Term Course in Enrolment Online, choose the 'Additional Term' UGRD flexible term tab, select 'add classes', then 'class search' if looking for an elective or applicable year level or school option for BP117 students.

For more information about a course, please contact the Studio Lead of the offering studio or the course coordinator if listed.

Please note: 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.

Course Information

  • Course Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Contact hours
  • Location
  • Open to all students

Offering Studio & Studio Lead

  • AHTC – Tassia Joannides
  • Ceramics – Kris Coad
  • Drawing – Greg Creek
  • Gold & Silversmithing – Nicholas Bastin
  • Painting – Peter Ellis
  • Photography (BP117) – Alan Hill
  • Print – Richard Harding
  • Sculpture – Fleur Summers
  • Video – Greg Creek
  • Program Course – Martine Corompt
Summer Courses

Caitlin Ramsden-Smith, 2018

VART3511 Art and Photography

  • Pia Johnson
  • 8th November – 18th December 2020
  • Online – no scheduled classes, independent learning
  • Open to all students (except Photography students), no pre-requisite

In this course you will investigate how photography functions within a fine art context. This is investigated through an overview of historical and contemporary photographic ideas and practice. You will be exposed to a diverse range of significant local and international artists who draw upon a variety of photographic technologies in their practice, and investigate the language of photography and how it informs fine art photographic image making. The course provides you with opportunities to respond to lectures and explore ways of processing and articulating your own ideas with traditional and experimental photographic techniques. Class activities aim to engage you in applying photographic discourse to your contemporary art practice.

*Please note: The last day to add this course is 15th November, 2020. The census date for this course is 17th November, 2020.

VART1710 Location Imaging

  • Jerry Galea
  • Nov 30 – Dec 21 (schedule TBC, but full-time commitment)
  • Blended Delivery
  • Open to BP117 & BP201 students

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.

*If BP201 students would like to enrol in this it will be a manual enrolment, please contact Admin.

* BP117 students add the course under School Options. 

*Please note: The last day to add this course is 4th December, 2020. The census date for this course is 5th December, 2020.

Kyle Thompson The sinking Captain 2012

Making Do: DIY Constructed Photography

  • Ray Cook
  • Nov 30 – Dec 21 (schedule TBC, but full-time commitment)
  • Blended Delivery
  • Open to BP117 Students

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.Jessamyn West, 1957 

If you don't have the right equipment for the job, you just have to make it yourself. MacGyver (Richard Dean Anderson) 1985 

When thinking about photography, we’ve often focused on its lingering association with truth, but what of the potentials of fiction? 

Our susceptibility to photography’s compelling illusion of evidence makes a great argumentative tool, and an ideal way to tell stories. Constructed photography, tableaux, collage provide ways to exploit the tensions between truth and fiction that the medium ignites. Constructed or fictional photography also allows us to bypass restrictions imposed by the media, the state, budget or geography. 

An area of focus will entail responding to what is at hand or easily and cheaply available, drawing on particular qualities of the medium to persuade an audience to suspend their disbelief. Expensive sets, a cast of actors and models, airfares to exotic locations don't necessarily ensure great work. Rather, we'll make do with our friends and what we have at hand. 

Exercises and tasks aim to cultivate creative responses to the problems we set ourselves. Lectures and workshops will focus on a series short term tasks as well as an individual, student-initiated folio project. 


  • Engage with modes of photo story telling beyond the merely descriptive. 
  • Explore tensions between fiction and truth in photography. 
  • Cultivate creative thinking and the development of novel strategies. 

*Photography students can enrol in this course using the applicable studio VART code: VART3593 Studio 1/ VART3595 Studio 2/ VART3597 Studio 3/ VART3598 Studio 4 or VART3669 Art Studio Intensive

*Please note: The last day to add this course is 4th December, 2020. The census date for this course is 5th December, 2020.

VART3596 Photographic Lighting

  • Bronek Kozka
  • Commencing online from 14 Dec 2020, practical component (on campus) 4 Jan-5 Feb 2021. Attendance will be required on campus one day per week, with additional learner directed hours for pre and post production.
  • 009.01.035 Blended Delivery (with Studio access)
  • Open to BP117 students

In this course you will explore how light transforms the perception of the object photographed and provokes emotion and how the visual message is conveyed to specific audiences. 

You will examine the manipulation of light through the use of both artificial and natural light sources to realise your concepts and define your ideas. In this context, you will consider the unique characteristics of objects, namely surface, form, material, colour and shape. 

*If you would like to enrol in this it will be listed under Year One courses. 

*Please note: The last day to add this course is 23rd December, 2020. The census date for this course is 26th December, 2020.