• Offered by School of Art
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Art History
  • Areas of interest Art History, Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Arts

This course will focus on the history and theory of photography from its beginnings to the present day. Its aim is to examine the critical questions and methodological framework of photography as an art form. Topics to be covered will include: the development of photographic technologies and their impact; theoretical constructs; art and photography; documentary photography; photography and politics; word and image; photography of the body; postmodernism; Australian photography.

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. Describe in detail the major developments in art photography from the nineteenth century up to the present.

2. Provide in-depth knowledge of different socio-political contexts for the developments in photography.

3. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of histories and theories of photography and its qualities as a particular artistic medium.

4. Research and access information on photography and organise your research into compelling and intelligent arguments.

5. Speak with confidence about histories, theories of photography and practices of photography.

Indicative Assessment

1500 word written exercise, 20%  (LO 4)

10 minute oral presentation, 10% (LO 2, 3, 4, 5)

1500 word written paper, 20% (LO 2, 3, 4)

Research essay, 3000 words, 40% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

Group Participation, 10% (LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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The course is to be delivered as a five day intensive, from 9am to 5pm, with a further 25 hours of preparatory reading and preparation and a minimum of 70 hours of private study/research.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed ARTH2050

Preliminary Reading

Batchen, Geoffrey. Burning with desire: the conception of photography, 1997

Ennis, Helen. Photography and Australia, 2007

Warner, Mary Marien. Photography: A cultural history, 4th ed., 2014

All course readings will be available on the Wattle course site.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9405 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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