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ACI103 - Thinking Photography: History, Theory and Cultural Context

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125

ACM103, ACV110

Unit chair:

Wendy Beatty





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Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week


This unit introduces various histories of photography from its early proto-photographic origins to its development during 19th and 20th century. Students will acquire knowledge of key images, practitioners and developments that underpin the history of the medium and its cultural significance and application. Various genres will be considered at a local and global perspective.

Students will also be introduced to critical writings that have influenced the cultural, social and philosophical discourse on photography. These historical and theoretical themes will be explored through individual and group readings, presentations and creative practice productions.


History of photography quizzes, 20%

Photographic histories and reflective practices, 40%

Photographic discourse - discussion and presentation, 40%

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