ACI205 - Photographic Lighting and Lens

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
From 2024:
Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Sean Loughrey

Students must have completed unit ACI101 or ACI102

Incompatible with: Nil
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 introduces students to the fundamentals of natural and artificial lighting. Through a series of class presentations, demonstrations and practical exercises students will gain the knowledge and skills required to creatively utilise the material of light within the photographic image. The unit also includes an introduction to evaluating and working with ambient natural and artificial lighting through various technical and experimental approaches.

During the unit, we will explore lighting in a number of genres, such as standard portraiture, film noir, landscape and urban photography, and approaches used for visual art, cinema and stage. The history and theory of lighting in relation to significant practitioners will be considered in relation to the creative practice assignments.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Critically analyse the contexts, qualities and effects of ambient and artificial lighting in lens-based image making

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

ULO2 Identify and explore experimental approaches to lighting informed by theoretical and technical research through various cultural, historical, and aesthetic genres of photographic practices.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving

ULO3 Outline a rationale and plan for the use of various lighting technologies and experimental approaches to achieve specified lighting qualities and effect in photographic production.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving

ULO4 Critically reflect on the implementation and manipulation of light as a tool to facilitate and achieve a clearly defined lighting design for photographic production.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Ambient lighting project 800 words
or equivalent
20% Week 4
Artificial lighting project 1200 words or equivalent 30% Week 7
Lighting Portfolio 2000 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 the link below: ACI205 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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