• Class Number 4440
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Topic PhotoAccess R&D Lab
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Katrina Sluis
    • Katrina Sluis
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

Workshop Atelier is a special topic-based course that takes the form of a studio-based workshop led by a specialist practitioner or practitioners in the visual arts. It provides the opportunity for students to undertake interdisciplinary study in a focused area of studio practice under the tutelage of a leader in the field. Workshop Atelier aims to utilise the skills of visiting artists to the School of Art, or to tap the specific skills of existing staff, in projects designed to expand the technical and conceptual skills of students that can then be applied and developed in their own studio discipline.

This course may be delivered as a semester length course or offered as an intensive.

This course is repeatable for credit, up to a maximum of 24 units, and if repeated must be repeated with a different topic each time.

In Semester 1, 2023 we are offering TWO different Workshop Atelier projects: Photoaccess R & D Lab AND Print and Space. Each project is described below.

Photoaccess R & D Lab is an experimental “think tank” where students will be working in collaboration with staff at Photoaccess, Canberra’s leading centre for contemporary art, photography and the moving image, to deliver a public-facing project for their 2023 programme. 

The Lab will explore the expanded field of 21st century image-making (from AI to drones, selfies and social media) and consider how cultural organisations, artists and the public can come together to explore and question contemporary image culture. The final outcomes of the Lab will be determined by participants in dialogue with Photoaccess, and can include the production of new works, discursive events, and institutional interventions. In addition to deepening your understanding of your own creative practice, the project offers the opportunity to acquire skills in public programming, creative project management and experience working with curators in public cultural institutions. The project will be suitable for students in visual arts, design, communications, art history and curatorship.

Print and Space focusses on the central role of print and printmaking within contemporary art practice. The materiality, history and logic of print will be explored through a series of guided and self-directed projects. Students will consider how print and printed matter populate and mediate both digital and physical space and how these strategies can be employed effectively within art, craft and design.

Drawing on and further developing existing printing skills students will extend their critical knowledge alongside their practical skills. This course offers students the opportunity to develop a body of work which combines skills and material investigations across more than one discipline exploring the potential of print and spatial practice. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of techniques, processes and concepts taught as part of the course;
  2. synthesise new techniques and concepts with their established studio-based skills; and
  3. show awareness of historical and theoretical contexts relevant to the course.

Research-Led Teaching

The course sits in dialogue with several research initiatives, including the Swiss National Science Funded research project "Curating Photography in the Networked Image Economy" (2019-20); the 2023 CASS-funded project "Critical AI in the Art Museum" (2023) and the work of researchers at the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (LSBU) and the Computational Culture Lab (ANU).

Field Trips

During the course we will have a number of field trips to Photoaccess, the partner organisation we are working with, located in Manuka. These are currently scheduled for Weeks 1, 2 & 5. There may be further site visits required depending on the nature of the final outcomes of the collaborative projects to plan for their realisation in situ.

Additional Course Costs

Student contribution amounts under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and tuition fees support the course described in the Course Outline/Class Summary and include tuition, teaching materials and student access to the workshops for the stated course hours. Materials used in the production of your projects become your physical property, and are procured at your own cost.

Students may incur additional costs in the form of:

  1. Transport fees to and from Photoaccess in Manuka.
  2. Costs relating to the production of the major project (materials, transport, printing, art supplies), depending on the nature of the project proposed.

Reading lists and other resource lists will be available on Wattle.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the course: WTF Happened to Images? Site visit to Photoaccess TBC Introduction to Assessment Task 1 Weekly Report
2 Workshop: Photography is Dead! Long live Photography! 6pm - 7pm: Visit to Photoaccess for opening of VIEW 2023. Weekly Report
3 Workshop: Truth, Post-truth, Deepfakes and Generative AI Weekly Report
4 Workshop: The Social Image & Attention Economy Weekly Report
5 Workshop: The Financialisation of images, the fate of the public realm 6pm - 8pm: Visit to Photoaccess for VIEW artists' talk Weekly Report: final submission of assessment task 1
6 PROJECT PITCH: A workshop with Photoaccess to pitch initial ideas and get feedback Formative Feedback for Assessment Task 2 (Major Project)
7 REVISED PROJECT PITCH: An internal workshop to refine ideas and scope in advance of your Major Project proposals. Formative Feedback for Assessment Task 2 (Major Project)
8 R&D Lab: Project Production & Presentations Submission of Final Proposals for sign-off (Major Project)
9 R&D Lab: Project Production
10 R&D Lab: Project Production Formative Feedback of Work in Progress with Photoaccess
11 R&D Lab: Project Production
12 R&D Lab: Project Production & Troubleshooting

Tutorial Registration

Not required.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
R&D Lab Weekly Report 30 % 27/03/2023 LO 1, 2
R&D Lab Major Project 70 % 17/06/2023 LO 1, 2, 3

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.


Participation is assessed as part of this course, and is part of the rubric for Assessment Task 2. The standard of participation to aspire to is generous and insightful, sharing with the class or your group highly relevant examples of artist, ideas, parallel investigations, readings and cultural contexts. Please commit to building the skills to provide your peers with well considered feedback. Be a good listener. Whilst conversations need to be rigorous and opinions are very welcome, each contribution needs to be respectful and thoughtfully delivered. Be each others best resource and make class and group engagement exciting and dynamic!


Major Project Submission and Realisation date is dependent on the nature of the live project and to be negotiated during the semester with Photoaccess. This will not usually be before the exam period (5th - 17th June). There is also the possibility of delivery during Photoaccess' 2023 programme in 19-29th June or 7-16 July.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 27/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: LO 1, 2

R&D Lab Weekly Report

In preparation for the major project you will develop your knowledge of critical concepts and practices regarding the key themes addressed by the Photoaccess R&D Lab. In the first 5 weeks we will hear from guest lecturers, complete site visits and explore the politics and aesthetics of 21st Century Visual culture. The weekly report is a record of your engagement with these activities, and is a framework for identifying further questions, concerns, projects and texts which excite you.

Your R&D Lab Report will inform the basis of a public project developed in Assessment Task 2.

Your Weekly report should contain:

  1. A 200-word summary and critical response to each weekly theme, drawing on the readings, class discussion, guest lectures and practical workshops we will undertake.
  2. Documentation of 2-3 projects (by art institutions, curators, designers, artists, film-makers, writers and other cultural practitioners) that intersect with the weekly theme. These should be projects not already introduced in the class, but found through independent research. Please include a 250 word explanation of why your chose these projects, why they excite you, and how they intersect with the questions and issues we explore in the Lab.

Please include a bibliography with all sources clearly referenced in-text following Chicago Style.

We will collectively decide the format and style of these reports in class and how they are to be submitted electronically. A full guide to submission will be available on Wattle.


CRITERIAHD 80-100D 70-79CR 60 -69P 50-59F 0-49

Demonstrates an understanding and critical engagement with the themes and concerns of the Photoaccess R&D Lab

Report reflects an outstanding level of critical engagement with weekly readings class discussions and real-world contexts of the themes of the lab.

Report is comprehensive, accurate, and persuasive. Major points are stated clearly and are well supported.

Report gives a good introduction to the weekly themes, but may be inconsistent or require further engagement with the course material.

Report offers a basic overview of the weekly themes, suffering from gaps in content and independent reflection.

Report is incomplete, major points are unclear and themes are poorly addressed, little to no reference to readings or class discussion.

Demonstrates an ability to research, evaluate and identify relevant examples and case studies

Ambitious independent research which synthesises and extends the weekly questions and themes of the lab, bringing in innovative case studies.

Research is comprehensive, supported by references and examples highly relevant to weekly themes.

Good research which identifies relevant case studies, but may require better evaluation and contextualisation.

Adequate research which may rely on class examples, little initiative or curiosity.

Poor or incomplete research, examples have little to no relevance to key themes.

Report demonstrates effective written communication and presentation including correct use of Chicago Referencing

Excellent writing reflecting a commitment to concise and precise expression; well-organised and structured, extensive use of literature is well integrated using accurate referencing.

Writing is clear and easy to follow, well presented and consistent application of referencing.

Content and purpose of the writing is clear, but may suffer from some minor errors in structure, expression and referencing.

Language lacks clarity or includes the use of some jargon or conversational tone. Limited use of referencing, incorrectly applied.

Report contains numerous grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors, is poorly organised and formatted making it difficult to comprehend, citations and references not provided.

Participation and Engagement

Proactively and regularly contributes to class discussion; initiates discussion on issues related to class topic; is well prepared and listens attentively to others.

Proactively contributes to class discussion; asks questions and responds to direct questions, reflecting good preparation.

Listens and appropriately responds to the contributions of others, contributes to positive learning environment.

Contributions are too general or not relevant

to the discussion.

Student is often inattentive and needs reminder of focus of class.

Student does not initiate contribution, is not adequately prepared, unexplained absences.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 70 %
Due Date: 17/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: LO 1, 2, 3

R&D Lab Major Project

Students will plan, develop and realise a creative project for the public programme of Photoaccess Canberra. The form and scope of this work is flexible, and it will be developed in close consultation with your lecturer and Photoaccess staff. The weekly reports will assist you in building a solid thematic basis for this project.

Possible formats/interventions/provocations include:

  • Performance, rituals and other ‘live’ events
  • A set/TV studio for live broadcasts/streaming
  • Experimental publishing (zines, flyers, MEMES, PSYOPS etc.)
  • World building/Speculative Design
  • Ad breaks
  • Social Media interventions
  • Web-based works
  • Curated online exhibition
  • Subversive karaoke
  • Anything else you can imagine: we will be generating a list of possible formats and interventions during the course as a resource.

Groups can work across multiple media formats and should draw on the diverse skills and practices within each group. Groups will be expected to share progress each week and collectively discuss each other’s work, including constructive criticism.

There are a number of submission and assessment points for the Major Project. These include:

  1. Initial Project Pitch [Week 6]: During our Week 6 class, we will be brainstorming loose ideas and pitching them to Wouter van de Woorde, Acting Director of Photoaccess. This is your chance to receive early feedback on the possible directions of your project, their practical and conceptual limitations, before you commit to them. Each student should come prepared with 4-5 project ideas to pitch to the group. By the end of this session we will have collectively identified key initiatives and formats for the programme. We will use Week 7 of class to scale up the ideas, undertake research and workshop these nascent proposals.
  2. Submission of Project Proposal [Week 8]: Groups are required to submit their final proposals to Wattle for final sign off by Photoaccess on Monday 24th April, 23:55.
  3. Realisation of Public Project: Major Project Submission and Realisation date is dependent on the nature of the live project and to be negotiated during the semester. Exam period is 5th - 17th June however there is the possibility of delivery during Photoaccess' 2023 programme in 19-29th June or 7-16 July.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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 for Assessment Task 2. 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 for Assessment Task 1. 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.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Students will collect their work following assessment.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission of works is not common in a studio-based course, as students can seek feedback on projects throughout the semester. Requests for resubmission will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

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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