ACI301 - Studio Research

Unit details

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2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

This unit will be offered in Trimester 2, 2025. 

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: To be advised
Cohort rule:Nil

Students must have completed one credit point at level 1 or 2 of an ACI or ACF coded unit, plus one credit point at level 2 in any 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 1-hour class per week and 1 x 2-hour seminar per week


Photography was born through the unification of art and science. It has a rich history of experimentation, serendipity, subversive and synthetic approaches to the medium and its content.

This unit encourages students to reflect upon the process of experimentation within creative practice and its implications with respect to aesthetics, style and content. Avant-garde and experimental photography and the convergence of photography (both analogue and digital) with other mediums such as painting, sculpture, installation and sound will be investigated in both a historical and contemporary international and Australian context.

Students will undertake an in depth experimental investigation during the production of a substantial creative work.

Topics in this unit include:
- the history of avant-garde and experimental photography
- the convergence of photography and other mediums in both a historical and contemporary context
- review in Australian and international contemporary experimental photographic practice
- the desire for the cutting edge: experimental art and the individual practitioners desire for originality and style in a Modern and Post-Modern context.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Demonstrate an understanding of experimental creative photographic practice GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities 
ULO2 Demonstrate an understanding of experimental creative photographic practice GLO2: Communication
ULO3 Critically and effectively communicate your views during presentations, discussions and electronic submissions GLO3: Digital literacy
ULO4 Demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary experimental photographic practice GLO4: Critical thinking
ULO5 Undertake creative research approaches to using photographic materials and methods GLO5: Problem solving
ULO6 Develop both the understanding and methodology required to undertake independent and self-driven original creative research GLO6: Self-management


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Preliminary Project 800 words
or equivalent
20% Week 3. 
Assessment 2 - Research Paper

800 words (min)
and visual support material/images.

20% Weeks 9 and 10

Assessment 3 - Major Project (3 parts)

Part 1: Progress review

Part 2: Experimental Creative Practice-led Research Project.

Part 3: Journal

Part 1: Minimum of 5 images and or experimental developments and creative outcomes.

Part 2: At least 10-15 images, portfolio, installation, or body of work, as negotiated with tutor.

Part 3: The Journal should include: evidence of creative research, support material.

Total 60%

Part 1: 10%

Part 2: 40%

Part 3: 10%

Part 1: Week 7 and 8

Part 2: Week 11

Part 3: 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 ACI301
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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