- Code ARTH6050
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Art and Design
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- 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.
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 Assessment1500 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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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 35 hours of contact: lectures and tutorials, delivered intensively over 5 days (9am-5pm) ; and b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
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
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