ACI102 - Digital Photography

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Anne Wilson
Trimester 3: Anne Wilson
Cohort rule:Nil




Incompatible with: ACIM102
Typical study commitment:

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

Trimester 1: 1 x 3-hour seminar per week

Trimester 3: 2 x 3-hour seminar weeks 1-5 and 1 x 3-hour seminar week 6

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Trimester 1: 1 x 3-hour online seminar per week


Student enrolment quotas apply to this unit


This unit introduces ideas and processes associated with digital photography.

The construction and manipulation of photographic images is creatively and critically explored through a variety of conceptual frameworks. Workflow techniques include the fundamentals of using Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras, colour management, RAW image processing, scanning, photo compositing in Photoshop, and the production of exhibition quality prints. Assignments and lectures provide students with an overview the medium’s history and contemporary issues.

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

Identify and implement the fundamentals of digital capture and manipulation to the production of photographic work

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy


Design and manage a non-destructive digital workflow that addresses principles relating to photographic exposure and other identified problems with reference to related practice

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO5: Problem solving


Articulate and interpret images according to photographic conventions of form and technique through visual, verbal and written forms of self-reflective writing

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Portfolio 1 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 4
Assessment 2: Portfolio 2 1200 words
or equivalent
30% Week 7
Assessment 3: Creative Work 1600 words
or equivalent
40% 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 ACI102
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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