• Class Number 4467
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Melissa Howe
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

The visual image takes on many forms, from the fleeting pixels on the mobile screen to the fine print, photo book or the spectacle of large scale public art. Rather than focusing on strategies for producing traditional 'pictures' on a wall, this course explores how images are objects which can be touched, exchanged, exhibited, archived and distributed in different ways. Students will undertake a series of projects which will help them to experiment with different methods of photo-installation, paying attention to questions of tactility, immersion and distribution. Studio briefs will encourage experimentation with different types of formats and processes, and introduce historical and theoretical approaches to still and moving images in material culture. A range of contemporary practitioners and their methodologies will be examined, in order to explore advanced exhibition and distribution strategies.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate competency with a range of advanced technical skills in relation to contemporary photographic practice;
  2. experiment with photographic formats, forms and material processes in response to workshop briefs;
  3. apply knowledge of the historical, cultural and theoretical contexts of photographic materiality to the development and execution of studio projects; and
  4. investigate, contextualise and critically evaluate the impact of chosen studio methodologies on the outcomes of studio projects.

Colberg, Jorg (2014) Understanding Photobooks - full text online via ANU library

Parr, Martin; Gu, Zheng (2015) The Chinese photobook: from the 1900s to the present

Parr, Martin; Badger, Gerry (2004) The photobook: a history

Himes, Darius; Swanson, Mary Virginia (2014) Publish your photography book

Statzer, M. 2016, The photographic object 1970, University of California Press, Oakland, California.View online via ANU library

The Huge List of International Photobook Publishers: https://fotoroom.co/international-photobook-publishers/ Self Publish Be Happy: https://selfpublishbehappy.com

Australia & New Zealand Photobook Awards: https://www.anzphotobookaward.com/resources

The Photobook, A History: A Tate Online Talk https://youtu.be/ashbd8ftYfk

The Photocopy Club: https://thephotocopyclub.com

Preston is my Paris: http://prestonismyparis.co.uk

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, assessments, studio theory and in-class exercises. Assessment Task 1 introduced.
2 Seminar: The Documentary Photobook Workshop: Make a 8 page photo zine
3 Seminar: The Conceptual Photobook Workshop: Make a fold out accordion photobook
4 Student presentations on proposed project for Assessment Task 1 Student presentations on proposed project for Assessment Task 1
5 Seminar: Small press and self-publishing. Feedback on work in progress for Assessment Task 1
6 ASSESSMENT WEEK: Individual presentations for Assessment Task 1 Assessment 1 due. Presentation of photobook or photo zine in class time. Upload documentation of work to Wattle
7 Introduction to Assessment Task 2 Introduction to Assessment Task 2
8 Seminar: The Photograph as Object and Installation
9 Seminar: The Photograph as Moving Image
10 Student presentations on work in progress for Assessment Task 2 Student presentations on work in progress for Assessment Task 2
11 Seminar: Exhibition Strategies Feedback on work in progress for Assessment Task 2
12 ASSESSMENT WEEK: Individual presentations for Assessment Task 2 and presentation of installed work. Individual presentations of installed work for Assessment Task 2

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
The Photographic Document: Contemporary Publishing & the Photobook 30 % 1, 2,3
The Photographic Document: Realising the Image as Object, Installation or Moving on-screen 50 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Assessment Task 3: Reflective Essay, 1500 words 20 % 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: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2,3

The Photographic Document: Contemporary Publishing & the Photobook

For Assessment Task 1 you will investigate the photobook as a contemporary format for the dissemination of art and visual culture. The beginnings of the photobook can be

traced to soon after the inception of photography in the early nineteenth century. The use of such formats for circulating photographic imagery remain vital in the present day,

with many practitioners experimenting with the photobook as a means of visual storytelling.

In Weeks 1-3 you will explore a variety of photobooks from sleekly designed published editions to more experimental publications in the form of DIY photo zines. In Week 4 you will present your proposed photobook or photo zine project, which you will produce for assessment in Week 6.

Further details of this project will be given in class in Week 1 and shared on Wattle.

Presentation Requirements:

1. Create a photobook or photo zine which has a minimum of 36 pages.

2. Present this photobook or photo zine in Class for assessment in Week 6, Tuesday 30th March 2021.

3. Create documentation of the photobook or photo zine along with a 200-300 word artist statement and upload to Wattle by 11.59pm on 1st April.

Assessment Task 2

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

The Photographic Document: Realising the Image as Object, Installation or Moving on-screen

This assessment brief encourages you to explore the image as a sculptural object, installation, intervention and/or screen-based outcome. Through this task you will examine

the changing ways the image is materialised in contemporary art practice, allowing the photograph to escape its frame on the wall to more complex immersive and ambitious

staging in the Gallery or public space.

From Weeks 7-12 you will independently research, propose, plan and realise a studio project which will result in a photo-installation, sculptural object or screen-based work to

be exhibited in the PMA studio spaces and Gallery. The project will be introduced and discussed in class in Week 7 and shared on Wattle.

In your investigation into these expanded forms of photography you will need to consider materiality, scale and how such work is experienced within an exhibition or public


Presentation Requirements:

The format of submission will depend on the individual project, whether it is an object, installation or screen-based work.

The work should be installed in the PMA studios (in a space to be allocated) and ready for assessment in Week 12 of class, 25th May 2021.

During this class you will be required to verbally present the work and contextualise it for the class for 3-4 minutes. You will receive verbal feedback on your work.

Following this class, you are advised to document the installed work. Please upload this documentation to Wattle as a PDF with a 200-300 word artist's statement by 11:59pm

on 3rd June 2021.

For those students attending remotely, the assessment will be amended in negotiation with your tutor given you will be unable to install the work in the PMA studios.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: Reflective Essay, 1500 words

For Assessment Task 3 you will write a 1500 word reflective essay on your project for Assessment Task 2. The purpose of the Reflective Essay is to assess your understanding of the principles underpinning your project and the creative processes involved in its production.

Start gathering material for the Reflective Essay as soon as you decide on your project idea. Keep notes concerning the rationale behind your idea and identify potential problems as well as other texts and examples of creative works which have influenced you. You can continue this process of reflecting on your creative ideas and the progress of your work in a sketchbook, blog or notebook. You should read and take notes on texts and work which relate to your own project. This may include films, websites, music, novels or academic texts. 

Your reflective essay should cover the following areas:


·     Where did your original idea come from?

·     How did you adapt and develop your idea? [Examine the research and production process, providing explanations for decisions taken]

·     What research did you undertake? How did you incorporate this material?

·     How does your work compare with or relate to professional work in the same field, tradition or style? Perhaps your work may draw on genres, visual languages and styles found in other media? Or perhaps you were inspired by artists discussed in seminars?

·     What are the strengths and weaknesses of your project? What challenges did you face? What did you learn from this process?


Your Reflective Essay should be:


·     Clear and concise in expression

·     Word processed, double spaced, with margins

·     Grammatically correct and free from spelling errors

·     You may write in the first person, but take care not to use conversational language or slang

·     Correctly referenced, including a bibliography all websites, films and other materials listed

Format of Submission:

The Reflective Essay should be saved as a PDF and uploaded to Wattle for assessment in the exam period. The date of this will be confirmed in Week 7.

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

Students will be allocated a space to install their work for Assessment 2 by Week 12.

Late Submission

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

  • 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

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