• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Creative Arts
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Baden Pailthorpe
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Winter Session 2023
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This course offers a critical and practical introduction in how to operate, control and experiment with different digital camera technologies in the production of still and moving image artworks. Students will learn technical and practical aspects of camera control such as light, exposure and workows appropriate to photomedia and video practice. Through a series of short projects, students will explore the limits and possibilities of the camera apparatus, both as a creative tool and technology of surveillance, self-expression, scientic rationality and cultural memory.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. use fundamental manual camera techniques and compositional methods;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the expressive and experimental possibilities of digital photography and imaging technologies;
  3. evaluate the effectiveness of technical and artistic strategies of their own photographs and the works of others;
  4. critically reflect on the relationships between concept and process in the production of still and moving image work; and
  5. appraise the outcomes of a studio investigation, including the impact of processes and methodologies adopted.

Other Information

It will be helpful, although not essential, to have access to a digital camera system (eg DSLR) with options for full manual control and capable of capturing RAW images and video.

School of Art and Design studio courses have a limited enrolment capacity. Students are advised to enrol as early as possible to maximise the opportunity of securing a place.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Portfolio (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Major Project (45) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Critical Reflection, 1500 words (15) [LO 3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks comprising lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and

b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: ARTV1602, ARTV6602, or ARTV1610.

Prescribed Texts

As published on Wattle.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2023 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4661 03 Jul 2023 03 Jul 2023 07 Jul 2023 21 Jul 2023 In Person View

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