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ACI101 - Analogue Photography

Year:2020 unit information
Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Patrick Pound
Trimester 2: Patrick Pound

ACM101 Still Images





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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 offers the opportunity to discover the history and practices of analogue photography and to understand how it came to define the medium while still continuing to influence and inform contemporary digital culture. Using a range of analogue films and practices, students will acquire camera handling skills and the techniques to understand the relationships between the subject and the lens, light and exposure and to creatively compose visual elements to capture and express their unique vision of the world. This unit does not include analogue darkroom practice.

Students enrolled in this unit are advised to obtain their own manual 35mm camera with the following specifications:

• Manual controls (you must be able to change the aperture and shutter speed)

• Built in light meter

• Standard lens (approx. 50mm)

• Hot shoe or synch point for flash unit


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Design and manage analogue workflow that demonstrates an ability to control exposure, aperture and shutter speed of analogue cameras and review, edit, sequence and select appropriate images for seminar presentation

GLO4: Critical thinking


Articulate and interpret images according to photographic conventions of form and technique through visual, verbal and written forms including documentation of process

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Analyse and synthesize research of related cultural, historical, theoretical and aesthetic perspectives acknowledging the broader field of photography to generate an original and innovative thematic photographic series

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate an ability to self-manage a project including a proposal, timeline and research plan with relevant milestones including strategies for the production of a major thematic photographic project

GLO6: Self-management

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 1:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Camera Handling 800 words or equivalent
- 11 slides and a 200 word statement
20% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 - The Formal Vision  1200 words or equivalent
- 10 images and a 500 word statement
30% Information not yet available
Assessment 3 - Thematic Series  2,000 words or equivalent
-10 images, 1:1 tutorial, visual journal and 1000 word statement
50% Information not yet available

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 ACI101
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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