ACI204 - Photographic Storytelling

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
From 2024:
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Sean Loughrey
Cohort rule:Nil



ACI101 or ACI102

Incompatible with: ACM204
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 1-hour class (online) per week and 1 x 2-hour seminar per week


This unit examines how photography, which is famously the medium of record, is increasingly also becoming the medium of exchange and connectivity. We will unpack how photography in the digital age is changing how we record the world we live in, how we experience it and tell stories about ourselves and each other.

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

Articulate critical engagement and technical proficiency with a relevant photographic medium and refine and redevelop work-in-progress to a professional standard

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically analyse relevant social, cultural, ethical and legal considerations of contemporary documentary photography and apply to individual and collaborative creative practice

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Actively contribute to critical debate with peers through the presentation of creative work and participation in constructive feedback in seminars and digital platforms

GLO2: Communication


Collaborate responsibly and professionally to manage strategies for the creative production of a group photographic project

GLO7: Teamwork


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Visual essay 1200 word
or equivalent
30% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Presentation 800 word
or equivalent
20% Week 6
Assessment 3 (Group) - Portfolio 2000 word
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 the link ACI204
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

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