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ACI204 - Photographic Storytelling

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 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Torika Bolatagici


Cohort rule:



2020: ACI102

2021: Two credit points at level 1 including ACI102



Incompatible with:


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 2-hour seminar per week and 1 x 1-hour practical per week


This unit examines how photography, which is famously the medium of record, is increasingly also becoming the medium of exchange and connectivity. We will unpack how photography in the digital age is changing how we record the world we live in, how we experience it and tell stories about ourselves and each other.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Articulate critical engagement and technical proficiency with a relevant photographic medium and refine and redevelop work-in-progress to a professional standard

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Critically analyse relevant social, cultural, ethical and legal considerations of contemporary documentary photography and apply to individual and collaborative creative practice

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO8: Global citizenship


Actively contribute to critical debate with peers through the presentation of creative work and participation in constructive feedback in seminars and digital platforms

GLO2: Communication


Collaborate responsibly and professionally to manage strategies for the creative production of a group photographic project

GLO7: Teamwork

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


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Digital phoneography essay 1200 word
or equivalent
30% Week 4
Assessment 2 - Research Presentation 800 word
or equivalent
20% Week 6/7
Assessment 3 (Group) - Visual essay 2000 word
or equivalent
50% 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 the link ACI204
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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