Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitDepartment of Fine Art
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Peta Clancy


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 be able to:

  1. understand the expressive and experimental possibilities of digital imaging technologies and be able to contextualise their work within a contemporary art practice;
  2. develop 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. understand the methods, materials and equipment used in digital processes, including 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. apply conceptual and technical skills with a view towards either specialisation or application of the media within various studio disciplines;
  5. understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline practice.


Assessment is 100% by folio at mid-semester and end of semester (20% mid-semester and 80% final folio). The folio will be comprised of works produced during the duration of the unit, and may also include student's works made independently of the unit, and a journal which will document on-going progress and research over the semester.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, comprising: 4 taught hours and 8 independent study hours.

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Chief examiner(s)


Admission to a degree program of the Faculty of Art Design & Architecture, or permission from the Unit Coordinator.