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. By studying this course students develop agency to explore innovation, interdisciplinary experimentation, and entrepreneurship within the Arts. They apply critical and creative thinking to  undertake in-depth inquiry into issues relating to self, others and world and apply their insights into photographic practice. Students also investigate the historical, social and cultural contexts of photography and combine this with their understanding of a range of photographic applications to select and use technical and conceptual approaches to communicate intended meanings.

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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 an assignment that documents the creating process.

Course pattern

Available as a Minor, Major, Major-Minor or Double Major

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

Suggested Minor Course

Semester

Unit

1

Creativity in Photography

2

Narratives in Photography

Suggested Major Course

Semester

Unit

1

Creativity in Photography

2

Narratives in Photography

3

Innovation in Photography

4

Entrepreneurship in Photography

Unit descriptions

Creativity in Photography 

Students learn about the creative process in Photography and its development. They explore techniques and strategies  used to create photographic works. Students apply the creative process, techniques, use of  equipment and strategies to express their understanding of self, others, and the world.

Narratives in Photography 

Students learn about the photographer as a storyteller. They explore photographic works that are  constructed or documented to shape narrative. Through analysis of narratives in photographic  works, students gain insights on how perspectives on the world and/or identity are presented.  Students apply their theoretical and technical skills to construct and/or document narratives.

Innovation in Photography 

Students learn about innovative photographic practice and practitioners who break with codes and  conventions. They explore the aesthetics and ethics of new technological and conceptual  innovations in photography. Through experimentation and problem solving, students apply their  skills and knowledge of innovative photographic practice.

Entrepreneurship in Photography 

Students learn about entrepreneurship and the connections between photographic practice and  industry. They explore the tension between the creative and commercial considerations when  working within a client brief. Students apply their understanding of entrepreneurship and industry to  produce authentic photographic products for a range of purposes and audiences.