Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Art, Design and Architecture
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2012 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Matthew Perkins


Digital Imaging for Contemporary Art is designed to develop an approach to digital imaging tools that aligns with the objectives of a contemporary art practice. Students will be introduced to digital imaging processes such as electronic drawing and capture, image manipulation and various approaches to output such as printing and screen-based applications. While this unit provides a practical introduction to the basic digital imaging tools and materials there is an emphasis on the creative and experimental potential of these tools and how they are utilised within a broader creative practice. Students are encouraged to develop their own creative direction alongside a critical awareness of their ideas.


On successful completion of this unit, students should:

  1. have a basic understanding of the expressive and experimental possibilities of digital imaging technologies and be able to contextualise their work within a contemporary art practice;
  2. have developed a basic vocabulary for the discussion of ideas and the role of digital images within the broader context of contemporary art and society and be able to present their work in critique sessions with growing confidence as to its theoretical and historical rationale;
  3. have a basic understanding of the methods, materials and equipment used in digital processes. This includes an understanding of image capture or creation, digital manipulation and various components of outputting images such as printing, screen-based applications or alternative processes;
  4. have the conceptual and technical foundation for the successful application of these skills within the remainder of their study including undertake further units in digital imaging with a view towards either specialisation or application of the media within various studio disciplines;
  5. be able to access the Faculty computing resources, including access facilities with a clear understanding of appropriate health and safety studio procedures and implement these procedures within their work practice;


Directed Project 20%
Self-Directed Project 70%
Journal 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Matthew Perkins

Contact hours

12 hours per week, comprising: 3 taught hours (1hr lecture plus 2 hrs tutorial) and 9 independent study hours.


Admission to a degree program of the Faculty of Art and Design Degree, or with the permission of the Head of Department for non-Faculty applicants.