• Class Number 3457
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Katrina Sluis
    • Erica Molesworth
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

This course offers a critical and practical introduction to post-digital photographic culture, at a time when social media and photoshop has radically transformed the meaning, agency and value of images. Students will learn experimental approaches to digital image-making, with a focus on postproduction techniques and methods for methods for manipulating, staging and exhibiting contemporary photomedia in print and on-screen. The course will contextualise a range of practitioners working in photography and related media since the 1990s, and focusing on questions of authorship, appropriation, copyright and methodologies for subverting image culture.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. use software and hardware appropriate to photomedia practice in the production of art;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the expressive and experimental possibilities of imaging technologies;
  3. appraise and evaluate the effectiveness of technical and artistic methodologies in their own work and the work of others; and
  4. critically reflect on the relationships between concept and process in the production of creative works.

Research-Led Teaching

The course introduces students to critical developments in digital visual culture in contemporary art, and is taught by researchers from the Computational Culture Lab in the School of Art and Design.

Additional Course Costs

Students may choose to pay for a discounted subscription to RunwayML and additional credits for processing time on RunwayML servers. Subscriptions are organised through your lecturer and can be cancelled at any time. More information is available here: https://runwayml.com/educators/

Required Resources

This course will be delivered in ANU computer labs. You will need an external hard disk or USB key to store and back-up your work. To avoid file loss/corruption: is recommended you backup your work to three places: 1) the cloud: your ANU storage space online 2) an external hard disk or USB key 3) a second external hard disk or USB key (or home computer).

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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: Course outline, structure, materials and assessments. Workshop on Digital File Management and Key terms
2 Reforming Images: Layers, Blending, Colour Theory, Lighting in Photoshop
3 Future Fictions: Selections, Masking, Compositing Tools in Photoshop
4 Machine Learning and the image: ML basics, datasets, copyright and ethics issues Studio Tasks 1 & 2 due
5 Choose your own adventure: other emerging technologies for creating digital images
6 Introducing the Major Project & Presentations Studio Tasks 3 & 4 due
7 Major Project Pitches & feedback: 1-1 tutorials online Major Project Pitch Due, Formative Feedback given
8 The Online Image: artist strategies in the image circulation ageSupervised studio practice + feedback + presentations
9 Close reading in groups: key short readings on the digital image. Read in groups and report back.Supervised studio practice + feedback + presentations
10 Supervised studio practice + feedback + presentationsPresenting Digital Work: installation and dissemination ideas
11 Major Project 1:1 Tutorials
12 Presentation and Group Critique for Major Project Assessment 2 due
13 Exam Period Assessment 3 due

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Studio Tasks 30 % 25/03/2024 1,2,3,4
Major Project 50 % 21/05/2024 2,3,4
Reflective Essay 20 % 03/06/2024 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 an assessed component of Tasks 1, and is outlined in the rubrics for these assessment items. This includes participation in class discussions, group critiques and communication with your tutor and peers.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 25/03/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Studio Tasks

During weeks 1-6, you will undertake a series of small in-class projects exploring the photographic image through methods of reconfiguration, re-presentation, manipulation and montage. Each task will be introduced with a short lecture, demonstration, and written brief shared in class and on Wattle. 

Tasks 1 and 2 are due in Week 4.

Tasks 3 and 4 are due in Week 6.

In addition, all students are asked to present and share the outcomes studio tasks with the cohort in Week 6. 

Studio tasks 1 & 2 due Week 4 (15%):

1. Forming and Reforming Images: Using Photoshop Layers, Blending and Colour/Lighting to remake images

2. Future Fictions: use a range of compositing techniques to make an image representing a future world 

Studio tasks 3 & 4 due Week 6 (15%):

3. Machine Learning: generate a series of images or video using RunwayML 

4. Choose your own adventure: Find a digital manipulation/production/imaging technique, teach yourself the basics and make something with it


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Development and application of a range of technical skills in digital imaging

LO 1,2

All portfolio tasks are highly resolved using assigned techniques, evidencing close attention to intricate details, reflecting technical innovation and professional production values.

All portfolio tasks are completed using assigned techniques, which have been applied consistently and effectively across all tasks.

Portfolio tasks are mostly complete but may not clearly demonstrate the assigned techniques consistently. Some technical skills may be still developing and in need of further refinement. 

Some tasks have been attempted, but may reflect only a basic grasp of techniques, or inconsistent production values.

The portfolio is incomplete and the tasks do not demonstrate the assigned techniques. The works do not engage with the task briefs.

Practical and conceptual experimentation in response to a creative brief

LO 3, 4

Portfolio tasks evidence ambitious and experimental approaches to the briefs, reflecting a consistent engagement with the expressive and creative possibilities of image manipulation and post-production, underpinned by conceptual rigor.

Portfolio tasks evidence ambitious and experimental approaches to the briefs, reflecting a consistent engagement with the expressive and creative possibilities of image manipulation and post-production, underpinned by conceptual rigor.

Portfolio reflects an understanding of the expressive possibilities of post-production tools, with some experimentation. Predetermined ideas rather than experimentation may inform the concept or mood.

The portfolio lacks evidence of experimentation with different approaches to tasks and ideas. Imagery may be simplistic, and lack conceptual development in response to the brief.

There is little evidence of experimentation with post-photographic image production. The works may be highly derivative or literal, and fail to engage creatively with the assigned briefs.

Active participation and investigation of workshop content

LO 2, 3

Participation is evidenced through productive and insightful dialogue in class discussions. Leads shared learning and problem solving in group activities. Carefully constructed feedback is given in critique sessions. Feedback is acted on for development of work.

Well-developed ideas and responses are shared in class discussions. Reliably and generously contributes to shared learning and problem solving in group activities. Constructive feedback is given to peers’ works when prompted. Feedback is listened to and considered.

Contributions to class discussions rely on prompting, and ideas are not fully formed or clearly articulated. Relies on others in group activities. The student attends but does not actively contribute to critique sessions. Feedback is listened to but not usually considered or tested.

Attends but does not actively contribute to class discussions. Participation in group activities is not clearly demonstrated. Is often absent from critique sessions. Feedback is avoided or not considered.

Does not participate in class discussion or group activities. Rarely attends critique sessions or engages with feedback opportunities.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 21/05/2024
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Major Project

In week 6, you will embark on a major project on the theme of “Liquidity”  that will be submitted in Week 12, that will enable you to further develop the concepts and technical processes introduced in Assessment 1. The brief for this project will be provided on Wattle, and a lecture delivered in Week 6 introducing the project. 

In week 7 you will pitch your ideas and work to refine what your research project is about. Weeks 9-11 will be iterative feedback sessions where you are expected to substantially experiment and test your processes ready to report each week. 

We will look at a range of relevant artists in class, including Hito Steyerl, Jonas Lund, Patricia Piccinini, Sara Oscar, LaTurbo Avedon, Simon Denny, Anne de Vries, Trevor Paglen, Lorna Mills, Eva Papamargariti, Zach Blas, and more.

Presentation requirements: You will install and present the work in class in Week 12. Documentation in the form of: a) digital files and b) a 200-word artist statement will also be submitted to Wattle by midnight, 21st May 2024. 


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Independent exploration and application of a range of technical skills

LO 1, 2

Outstanding application of well researched techniques/technical skills in support of a closely aligned concept with high quality outcomes. 

Highly successful application of technical skills, carefully evaluated and aligned to the concept.

Technical skills are solid but may be applied inconsistently. Some technical errors present that may undermine overall quality of work and/or are not strongly aligned with the concept.

Technical skills are adequate, but may be poorly aligned with chosen concept/form, negatively impacting or distracting from the finished project.

Project reflects a poor grasp of digital imaging skills, shortcuts may have been taken, and impact of work may be seriously undermined by technical errors.

Conceptual Development and Research

LO 3, 4

Breadth and depth of ideas generated and explored is extensive, with evidence of steady progress, testing and iterative work clearly used to inform project development. A refined and sophisticated relationship between form and content. 

Project reflects critical engagement with project concept, supported by extensive production research, towards an innovative outcome

Project is aligned to the brief, but concept remains undeveloped, reflecting less ambitious production research.

Limited engagement with project brief, concept may be simplistic or highly derivative, reflecting a lack of research and engagement with course content.

Poor engagement with project brief, limited conceptual development reflecting a lack of engagement with course content.

Project resolution and outcome

LO 1, 2, 3, 4

Outstanding work that reflects extensive problem solving and attention to detail, with ideas communicated clearly

High quality work that reflects extensive problem solving and attention to detail, with ideas communicated clearly

Good quality work that reflects some problem solving, but could be improved through further iteration or technical detail.

Adequate work that remains somewhat unresolved, requiring further refinement of ideas, imagery, or presentation.

Confusing, unfinished work that is poorly presented.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 03/06/2024
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Reflective Essay

For Assessment Task 4 you will write a 1200 word reflective essay on your Independent Project for Assessment Task 3. 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 books, websites, films and other materials listed

Presentation requirements: Save your Reflective Essay as a word file and upload it to Wattle for assessment by midnight 4th June.

Estimated return date: Marks and feedback will be returned via Wattle on the date of release Semester 1 exam results. 


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Depth of reflection and application of key post-photographic concepts

LO 2, 4

Reflection demonstrates a sophisticated degree of critical thinking in applying and analysing key post-photographic concepts and theories. Accurate and relevant connections made through contextual explanations, inferences, and examples which goes beyond minimum requirements.

Reflection demonstrates a substantial degree of critical thinking in applying and analysing key post-photographic concepts. Accurate and relevant connections made through contextual explanations, inferences, and examples which goes beyond minimum requirements.

Reflection demonstrates some degree of critical thinking in applying and/or analysing key post-photographic concepts. Accurate connections made through explanations, inferences, and/or examples.

Reflection demonstrates limited critical thinking in applying and/or analysing key post-photographic concepts. Somewhat accurate connections made through explanations, inferences, and/or examples.

Superficial connections are made with key post-photographic concepts and theories. Examples drawn from experience are irrelevant and/or incomplete to support the connections mentioned.

Contextualisation and Self-Evaluation of project

LO 3, 4

Sophisticated ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses, and identify gaps in production process, anticipate problems, and synthesise feedback from peers and tutors.

Good identification of strengths, weaknesses and gaps. Clear and coherent analysis of major project’s development.

Some strengths, weaknesses and gaps identified, building on learning in the production process.

Some strengths, weaknesses and gaps identified. Limited analysis of outcomes of practical investigations.

Little to no strengths, weaknesses and gaps identified. Poor or absent analysis of practical investigations.

Clarity of Written Communication

LO 3, 4

Excellent grammar and spelling with superior sentence, paragraph, and overall structure.

Uses language that is precise and engaging, with notable sense of voice, and awareness of purpose. Demonstrates control of the conventions with essentially no errors, even with sophisticated language.

Very good grammar and spelling with very good sentence, paragraph, and overall structure.

Uses language that is fluent and original, with evident sense of voice, and awareness of purpose. Demonstrates control of the conventions, exhibiting occasional errors only when using sophisticated language.

Sound grammar, spelling, and structure but in need of some improvement. Uses basic but appropriate language, with a basic sense of voice, some awareness of purpose.

Demonstrates partial control of the conventions, exhibiting occasional errors that do not hinder comprehension.

Adequate grammar, spelling, and structure, but in need of significant improvement.

Uses language that is vague or imprecise for the purpose, with little sense of voice. Demonstrates limited control of the conventions, exhibiting frequent errors that make comprehension difficult.

Poor grammar and spelling and illogical and incoherent structure. Uses language that is unsuitable for the purpose.

Demonstrates little or no control of the conventions, making comprehension almost impossible.

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 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

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.

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).

Katrina Sluis

Tuesday 14:00 16:30
By Appointment
Erica Molesworth

Research Interests

Erica Molesworth

Tuesday 09:00 14:00

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