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Photo Documentary (PHO202)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Theory and practice in producing image based narratives. The course will equip students to develop the conceptual and technical skills required to produce a documentary photography project. Students will develop three major documentary style photographic projects with accompanying written components. In addition students will be introduced to the history and key practitioners of documentary photography. This unit is well suited to those interested in developing narrative, news and story via images and in combination with text, e.g. photo journalism.
Unit Learning Outcomes Understanding and appreciation of:
ULO1 the historical development of documentary photography
ULO2 key concepts and process in developing photo documentary narrative
ULO3 major movements in documentary photography
ULO4 major debates in 'truth and image'
ULO5 practical photographic skills for photographic documentary including dedicated flash lighting technique.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour; tutorials: 90 minutes.
Unit Learning Experiences Photo Documentary is a practical/theory based unit that focuses on photographic skills and competencies informed by theoretical concepts. Teaching is based on a lecture series combined with workshops and photographic field exercises supported by readings and research. Students will be expected to work individually and groups to discuss theoretical concepts and perform photographic assignments. LMS is used extensively for information dissemination, discussion, and assessment.
Assessment Assessment consists of weekly photographic exercises (20%), three major practical portfolio assignments (60%) and an essay (20%). These assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate that they have grasped the unit's major concepts and have developed a proficiency in their practical application.
Prerequisites Nil. However some photography experience is advised. If you have no experience with photography it is advised that you complete PHO124 prior to attempting this unit.
Notes Basic photography skills are required to complete this unit. Students who have no experience in photography are strongly advised to complete PHO124 Photography I prior to attempting this unit. Queries on this issue should be directed to the Academic Chair.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Communication + Creative Media [Combined] (BCommun)+(BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Games Art and Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Graphic Design (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Photography (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Screen Production (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
Sound (BCrMedia) [New in 2018]
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.


Unit Coordinator
Ms Vikki Wilson
Lecturer Multimedia

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6245
e: V.Wilson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.052 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Ms Vikki Wilson
Lecturer Multimedia

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6245
e: V.Wilson@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.4.052 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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