ACI101 - Analogue Photography

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Sean Loughrey
Trimester 2: Sean Loughrey

ACM101 Still Images



Incompatible with: ACIM101
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week


This unit offers the opportunity to discover the history and practices of analogue photography and to understand how it came to define the medium while still continuing to influence and inform contemporary digital culture. Using a range of analogue films and practices, students will acquire camera handling skills and the techniques to understand the relationships between the subject and the lens, light and exposure and to creatively compose visual elements to capture and express their unique vision of the world. This unit does not include analogue darkroom practice.

Students enrolled in this unit are advised to obtain their own manual 35mm camera with the following specifications:

• Manual controls (you must be able to change the aperture and shutter speed)

• Built in light meter

• Standard lens (approx. 50mm)

• Hot shoe or synch point for flash unit

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Design and manage analogue workflow that demonstrates an ability to control exposure, aperture and shutter speed of analogue cameras and review, edit, sequence and select appropriate images for seminar presentation

GLO4: Critical thinking


Articulate and interpret images according to photographic conventions of form and technique through visual, verbal and written forms including documentation of process

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse and synthesize research of related cultural, historical, theoretical and aesthetic perspectives acknowledging the broader field of photography to generate an original and innovative thematic photographic series

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate an ability to self-manage a project including a proposal, timeline and research plan with relevant milestones including strategies for the production of a major thematic photographic project

GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Creative Work 800 words
or equivalent
(11 slides)
20% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Creative Work 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 7
Assessment 3 - Creative Work  2,000 words or equivalent 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via ACI101
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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