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ACI103 - Thinking Photography: History, Theory and Cultural Context

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:D Armstrong




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Contact hours:

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


Online teaching methods require internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit introduces various histories of photography from its early pronto-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, 30%

Photographic histories and reflective practices, 40%

Photographic discourse - discussion and presentation, 30%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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