• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Photography: An Historical and Theoretical Overview (ARTV2621)

Through a series of lectures, seminars, discussions, readings and collection visits students will gain an overview of the history of photography from before its invention until the present day, focused on the actual work produced by key photographers within the visual arts as well as fashion, advertising, reportage and so on. They will gain an understanding of the key theoretical concepts underpinning the discipline. Students will learn ways of applying the insights gained from their analysis of the medium to their own creative work. They will gain the historical and theoretical foundations for further research in to the medium and its relevance today.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the key historical developments photography
  2. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the key figures in photography
  3. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the theoretical concepts and terms in photography
  4. Apply learnt concepts of the medium to specific examples from the history of photography, contemporary practices, and their own work as artists

Indicative Assessment

Seminar presentation (40%) [LOs 1 - 3]

Submitted written and visual work (40%) [Los 1-3]

Journal/Documentation (20%). [LOs 1-4]

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4 hours per week lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice and 6 hours per week independent studio practice.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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