• Class Number 7652
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Melissa Howe
    • Melissa Howe
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course is structured around projects designed to introduce a range of skills and technologies coupled with conceptual and thematic aspects. The course teaches in-depth studio lighting techniques, location lighting, digital photography and post production and ink-jet printing. Creative exploration and experimentation with lighting techniques is encouraged. Students engage in a process of investigation through individual responses to various topics, and undertake self-directed conceptual research. Workplace health and safety (WHS) instruction is an integral part of this course.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. competently utilise a range of skills relevant to digital photography and studio lighting in response to Workshop projects;
  2. explore the potential of materials and processes used in digital photography and studio lighting based projects;
  3. investigate the inventive application of concepts and processes relevant to the digital photography and studio lighting based projects; and
  4. explore historical and theoretical contexts relevant to Photography Workshop projects.

Required Resources

Please refer to the policy on Required Resources and Incidental Fees. https://soad.cass.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course: Course outline, structure and assessments Working in the studio and digital camera basics. Review of handling lights safely, setting up and packing down, expectations and care of equipment.
2 Introduction to photographic artists who use studio lighting in their work. Single light set-ups and uses.
3 Seminar: The Object and the Portrait Image Multiple light set-ups and uses. Tutorial Camera Raw and Photoshop. Processing your raw images for screen and print.
4 Preparing files for printing - test printing in the digital darkroom
5 Supervised studio practice and feedback
6 ASSESSMENT WEEK: Group presentations for Assessment Task 1 Assessment Task 1 due
7 Introduction to the major project Seminar: Memory, The Uncanny and The Double 10 x 10 presentations Supervised studio practice and feedback
8 Seminar: Fictitious environments 10 x 10 presentations Supervised studio practice and feedback
9 10 x 10 presentations Supervised studio practice and feedback
10 Supervised studio practice and feedback
11 Gallery visit - Details to be confirmed
12 Group critique in preparation for submission of major studio project.
13 EXAM PERIOD - no class Assessment Task 2 due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Re-Imagining the object and the portrait image 40 % 1,2,3,4
10 x 10 group presentations 10 % 4
Major Studio Project 50 % 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Re-Imagining the object and the portrait image

For Assessment Task 1 you will work in groups of 3 to create a diptych which re-imagines or reinterprets the object and the portrait image. You can either choose to base this on an existing work by an artist or on your own theme.

The diptych created should be evident of your experimentation with different lighting techniques conducted within the studio. You will need to consider how the presented images work together to create a cohesive series.

The final prints must be printed using the inkjet printers located in the Peter Karmel Building.

Presentation requirements:

In Week 6 you will be required to verbally present your work and contextualise it for the class for 3-4 minutes.

Following this class upload documentation of your images to Wattle as a PDF with a 200-300 word artist's statement by 11:55pm on 3rd September 2021.

Value: 40%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 4

10 x 10 group presentations

You will be assigned the work of an artist to research. Create a 10 minute presentation featuring 10 different images.

Your presentation should include and address the following:

-        An introduction to the artist and how the work relates to the weekly seminar and workshop topics

-        The work or series that you are discussing

-        The formal qualities of the work. How is it presented? What are the materials?

-        What is the conceptual basis for the work? What ideas do you think the artist is trying to engage with?

-        Where does the work sit in the context of contemporary photography? What do you think of this form of photographic artwork? 

Your presentation should show evidence of not only your research but also your own individual interpretation of what the work is about. 

Presentation requirements:

A ten minute presentation on the work of your assigned artist featuring 10 different images. On the day of your presentation upload a PDF copy of your slides to Wattle.

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Major Studio Project

This assessment task is centred on the photographic representation of an object or subject of your choice in a new manipulated and fabricated form. 

Develop a series of images exploring concepts associated with re-representation, artifice and ‘the double’ using techniques and ideas investigated in the first six weeks of the course. The work created must refer back to the original object or subject chosen.

From Weeks 7 to 12 you will independently research and conduct experiments within the studio to create your work.

You will be assessed on the both the photographic series produced and the conceptual development of your project. 

The final prints must be printed using the inkjet printers located in the Peter Karmel Building or the PMA inkjet print facility.

In Week 12 there will be a group critique session in preparation for submission of major studio project.

Presentation requirements:

A series of 5 images A3 size or larger along with a 200-300 word artist statement about the work.

Value: 50%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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