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ACM708 - Introduction to Digital Photography

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




Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus mode: 1 x 3 hour Seminar per week

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit examines the photo-based image as a cultural, social and technical artefact. It examines representation in the digital and analogue realms. Production techniques include digital photography - both referent-based and non-referent-based subjects, digital montage, conceptualisation, conceptual approaches and virtual realities. Production activities are designed to develop visual and digital literacy and photo compositing software skills with an emphasis on high quality output and presentation for screen and print.

This unit encourages the development of a range of skills including:

  • basic digital photography
  • image retouching
  • colour correction
  • use of layers and masks
  • scanning reflective and transmissive materials
  • technical and creative photo-compositing
  • preparing images for screen-based viewing and print
  • conceptual and creative photography
  • typography and the relationship between text and image
  • critical and intellectual analysis


Assignment 1: Digital composition capture and interpretation. Students will produce 5 digital images, 1 A4 print and accompanying 500 word analysis, equivalent to 1000 words total, 20%

Assignment 2: Tear and Repair. Students will produce 1 digital TiFF file (flattened and no larger than 200MB), 1 A4 print of the repaired image, 4 original torn pieces in hard copy), equivalent to 1000 words, 20%

Assignment 3: Deconstructive Montage and Virtual Realities. 2 x A3 colour inkjet prints, 2 x screenshots of layers preserved, 2 x web ready image files and accompanying 1000 word analysis, equivalent to 1500 words totla, 30%

Assignment 4: Visual Conceptual Strategies. 2 digital image files each with accompanying 300 word analysis and annotated bibliography, equivalent to 1500 words total, 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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