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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniel Palmer


This unit explores the dynamic place of photomedia in modern and contemporary art. Photomedia here refers to all light-based media, especially photography, but also film, video and some new media technologies. Students will encounter the evolution of photography and film, their intersection with existing art forms, and the avant-garde's recurring engagement with mass media technologies. Key examples of electronic and digital photo-based art, including the rise of video installation, will also be considered. Photomedia will be shown to be crucial to the development of twentieth century art, and central to contemporary art at the start of the 21st century.


On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  1. understand the dynamic role played by photomedia in modern and contemporary art;
  2. be familiar with key issues in the history of international and Australian photomedia in the modern and contemporary period;
  3. be able to identify the cultural and historical circumstances in which these artworks have been produced.;
  4. identify and understand the developments specific to the constant innovation of photomedia practices during this period; and
  5. have developed their ability to think creatively and express their ideas clearly in written communication.


Short essay (1500 words): 40%
Long essay (2500 words) including class presentation: 55%
Reader discussion: 5%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Daniel Palmer

Contact hours

12 hours per week including 3 taught hours and 9 independent study hours.,


Any first year unit in Theory of Art and Design, Visual Culture or Cultural Studies