ACI203 - Darkroom Practices

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Commencing 2024

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

Students must have completed one credit point at level 1 from an ACI or ACF coded unit

Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week


Students are introduced to medium format cameras, hand held exposure meters, black and white processing and printing. Topics include advanced exposure and image sequencing. Media output includes silver-based and digital. Emphasis is placed equally on technical refinement coupled with conceptual and editing skills. Students will also be shown approaches for researching and presenting a seminar paper on a significant photographic practitioner.

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

Demonstrated competence with a medium format camera, a light meter, film processing, printing and darkroom practice.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


To demonstrate and communicate a critical and analytical response to the specific research topics

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Demonstrate an ability to creatively develop a

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management


Enact the OHS standards required in darkroom practice and procedure

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management


Plan, experiment, research and resolve technical and aesthetic issues towards the resolution of a self devised creative folio

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management


Demonstrated ability to develop a reflective and critical photographic response to location and field work practice

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Professional Experience Reflection 600 words
or equivalent
10% Week 3
Assessment 2 - Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA): Deakin Authentic Teaching Assessment (ATA) 5400 words 90% 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 the link below: ACI203 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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