Photography (A/T/M)

students at Gungahlin College

Course information

Digital Photography challenges our students to express themselves creatively. They learn technical precision, communication through images, problem solving and critical analysis. Students explore all aspects of digital photography including lighting techniques and digital imaging production processes. Skills in communication, observation and analysis are a major focus of our teaching. Students also investigate the historical, social and cultural contexts of photography.

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Workload expectation

All Photography units have an emphasis on practical work with the inclusion of written analytical tasks as well as the inclusion of an assignment that documents the creating process.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor, Major, Major-Minor

Note: There are no pre-requisites; however, Photography Practice is suggested as the first unit of study.

Suggested Minor Course

Semester

Unit

1

Photography Practice

2

Photography Communications

Suggested Major Course

Semester

Unit

1

Photography Practice

2

Photography Communications

3

Contemporary Photography

4

Art Photography

Unit descriptions

Photography Practice

In this unit students will use a digital camera, computer and appropriate software to acquire, manipulate and produce original photographic images. They will demonstrate an understanding of the works of contemporary photographers, artists and designers who use digital technology and generate ideas to produce digital photographic images.

Photography Communications

In this unit students will explore how messages are communicated and interpreted through photography techniques. Students will communicate, analyse and manipulate images and ideas through lighting, composition and contemporary theory through various activities and a body of work.

Contemporary Photography 

In this unit students will develop a contemporary approach to the production of their own work and choose appropriate media and presentation for the style of work. They will also present a series of images that interpret contemporary issues and practices. Students work towards exhibiting their artworks publicly.

Photography Applications

In this unit students will explore the various ways photography skills and techniques are applied in ‘real world’ applications. Students will create their own body of work based on the techniques and theory of how photography is used as a way to sell products and communicate messages. Students will work towards displaying their work publicly.

Art Photography

In this unit students will explore digital visual arts photographic practices, and post production skills using Adobe applications. Students will also investigate the historical, social and cultural contexts of photography through the use of visual language, concepts and aesthetic values. Students will produce a portfolio of artworks and work towards exhibiting their artworks publicly.