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Photography (BA)

  • B1316; B1316ABACHELOR OF ARTS

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Title Photography (BA)
Course Code B1316; B1316A
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
School School of Arts
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Academic Chair: Ms Vikki Wilson | Email: V.Wilson@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6245

Qualification Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Photography
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Description The Photography major provides students with a comprehensive set of practical photographic and digital imaging skills in combination with theoretical knowledge to enable them as photographers to develop their vision and progress their career. Students will have their practice informed by an in-depth study of the power and meaning of image and its cultural-historical context. Throughout the major students develop a thorough and culturally informed understanding of critical photographic design and theory. Students will also develop practical photographic skills through the rigorous development of numerous photographic graphic design projects. In addition students will be equipped with contemporary network and marketing skills key to their success as creative producers.
In the Bachelor of Arts you will develop a broad understanding of your field and proficiency in producing written and oral arguments and creative artefacts in response to social, human and natural phenomena. You will also develop a critical appreciation of the perspectives of others. As an Arts graduate you will be able to think critically and creatively, apply knowledge and information, and communicate effectively. These are professional skills which are critical across a range of industries. You will also be able to pursue further study in the fields of social research, the humanities and/or the creative arts.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements There are compulsory on-campus components in this major.
Major Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts, Photography demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
* Theoretical perspectives and the production methods of Photography
* Changes in communication experience due to evolving photographic technologies
* Global historical shifts in key social ideas, communication and visual meaning
* The power and meaning of image and its cultural-historical context
* The diversity of approaches and voices in the making of the still image and the multiple perspectives which find expression
* The history of photographic movements, the language of photography, photographic memes, styles and iconography

SKILLS
Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts, Photography provides a mix of theoretical and practical skills that focus on developing the student's ability to think critically and to create outstanding photography. Students are encouraged to develop as creative, independent image makers with the confidence and capacity to succeed anywhere in the world. Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts, Photography are effective communicators in image and text who demonstrate:
* Proficiency in producing considered arguments (written and verbal) in response to cultural/social/historical issues, particularly as they apply to visual communication.
* Critical thinking, the ability to articulate concepts and the assurance to participate in the key debates in Photographic discourse.
* Visual literacy in media production developed by Immersion in photographic culture; image and discourse and engagement with semiotic, cultural and aesthetic critiques
* Proficiency in a range of technological skills central to Photography (camera, lighting, image post production etc.)
* The capacity to create powerful and effective photographic communication appropriate to a range of audiences and genres.
* The confidence to express independent vision and voice
As well as being producers of and communicators with images, Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts, Photography will be able to read and write fluently about images. They will be able to understand and contribute to ongoing discourses surrounding the meaning and position of photographic images within our society. Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts, Photography gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
* analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
* a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to Photography

APPLICATION
Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts, Photography demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
* a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry and production
* critical self-reflection
* creative capacity to produce successful work
* proficiency with photographic technology and software
* participation in photographic culture
* a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts, Photography have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
* give and receive critical feedback
* work effectively within team environments
* work to a brief
* communicate effectively
* respect the thoughts and opinions of others
* manage time and resources efficiently
Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts, Photography demonstrate ethical thinking and practice and an understanding of the Australian Law and societal values in relation to photographic practice.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
CLO1 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of
a) The theoretical perspectives and methods of enquiry of a discipline
b) The diversity of social, human and natural phenomena and the multiple perspectives (including inter-disciplinary perspectives) which can be brought to bear in social and creative enquiry
c) Global perspectives including an awareness of and respect for the historical, social, biological, cultural, and economic interdependence of global life

SKILLS
CLO 2 - Graduates of the Murdoch University Bachelor of Arts are effective communicators who demonstrate
a) proficiency in producing written arguments and/or creative artefacts consistent with the norms and standards of a discipline
b) capacity for persuasive oral communication appropriate to a range of audiences
CLO3 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts gather, synthesise and critically evaluate ideas and information from a range of sources demonstrating
a) analytical, creative and conceptual thinking
b) a variety of methods for research and practice appropriate to the discipline

APPLICATION
CLO 4 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate confidence and competence in applying knowledge and skills to practice through
a) a capacity for self-directed independent enquiry
b) critical self-reflection
c) creative problem solving
d) a global perspective incorporating an appreciation of cultural and disciplinary differences
CLO 5 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts have well developed interpersonal and collaborative skills including the demonstrated capacity to
a) give and receive critical feedback
b) work effectively within team environments
c) respect the thoughts and opinions of others
CLO 6 - Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts demonstrate ethical thinking and practice through social and creative enquiry which recognises diversity and the rights and perspectives of others
Employment Prospects Graduates of this major will be well suited to careers in a range of industries and fields such as fashion, journalism, publications, advertising, professional photographic agencies, corporations, art, government, etc.
Professional Recognition Upon entering industry application can be made to join various industry associations such as AAPP (Australian Accredited Professional Photographers), CAMS Photographer Accreditation Program or APA (Australian Photographers Association).
Recommended Double Majors Journalism; Screen Production
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BAR100 Academic Learning Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BAR150 Ideas and Identity - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

PHO124 Photography 1 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

PHO101 Digital Imaging - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

IDD118 Introduction to Graphic Design - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 100-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Part II - 48 credit points

University-Wide Breadth Units - 6 credit points  Unit List

Select from the prescribed list of University-Wide Breadth Units. A unit cannot be used to satisfy both this Breadth Unit requirement and the requirements of a major or minor. If taken at 100 level the unit(s) will be attributed to Part I. Note that no more than 30 credit points at Part I may be credited towards course completion requirements.

Year 2 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR200 Developing Research Skills and Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

PHO203 Photography 2 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PHO204 Visual Literacy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PHO202 Photo Documentary - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

Year 3 - 21 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

The Research Skills unit to be taken will depend on the student's Primary Major enrolment. Select from the following.

For Primary Major in Social and Developmental Psychology

BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

For All Other Primary Majors

BAR300 Advanced Research in the Arts - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 9 credit points

PHO306 Advanced Photographic Studio - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PHO305 Photographic Culture - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PHO312 Media Projects - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

OR

PHO330 Professional Placement in Digital Media - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-placement, S2-placement, SUM-placement, U-placement, W-placement

General Electives - 9 credit points

Select from any 200- to 400-level units offered by the University, subject to individual unit prerequisites. Students are advised to consider using General Elective points to meet the requirements of a second major or minor. Any recommended double majors and minors will be included in the major's description.

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