Creative Enquiry Photomedia

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Creative Enquiry Photomedia

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Photography, Studio Art

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


    This course is only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Fine Art or Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Fine Art or Bachelor of Teaching (Fine Art) (Honours) programs.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    Using AART1100 Critical Studies as a conceptual frame, and drawing as an integral language and a research methodology, this course is an enquiry into the expressive potential of analogue photography. Using light creatively as an exploratory tool, students will be introduced to darkroom practices. These foundation experiences embrace historical, theoretical, technical and conceptual dimensions. Creative Enquiry: Photo - Darkroom, aims to stimulate creative engagement in all aspects of Photomedia practice by providing learning environments that cultivate and support the development of informed individual visual sensibilities. The investigation of a wide range of theoretical and technical approaches will allow students to build their own creative language.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. An understanding and working knowledge of SLR cameras

    2. An understanding of the processes involved in producing a photographic series

    3. An understanding of the basics of analogue photographic printing

    4. The ability to create, analyze and critique their own artistic output

    5. An understanding of the historical and contemporary issues and concerns in photomedia practice

    6. The ability to communicate key concepts and ideas visually through the production of a resolved body of photographic work

    7. An awareness of safe and responsible work practices.


    Creative Enquiry: Photo - Darkroom, will give students a solid understanding of visual culture in relation to photographic practice. The course develops fundamental photographic techniques and methods across digital and analogue technologies. Course content includes:

    The development of critical thinking skills through the analysis of key historical, conceptual, ethical, and theoretical issues that underpin contemporary photomedia practice
    Basic technical process in relation to analogue practice
    All aspects of creative image production including: capture and rendering of light; editing and critique; and print presentation.
    Development of research journals and methodologies
    Engagement in studio practice
    Guest lectures and relevant gallery and festival visits

    Assessment Items

    Practical Demonstration: Research Seminar - Mid-Semester

    Journal: Research Journal

    Portfolio: Portfolio/Studio Practice

    Contact Hours


    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks


    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks


    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


    Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.