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


This unit introduces students to studio practice and the construction of photographic illusion. It builds upon the skills and knowledge of photomedia by focusing upon creative image production through 'fabricated' photography approaches. Students will develop their understanding and application of lens-based photography through exploring the construction of photographic "reality". Students will have the opportunity to explore studio photography (i.e. digital and medium format cameras, tungsten and electronic studio lighting, tableaux and constructions).


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. have a sound practical and critical understanding of photography and the borders it shares with other art forms
  2. be able to explore further the camera-based approaches associated with 'constructed' photography, including digital and medium format cameras, tungsten and electronic studio lighting, photographic image-producing materials, design and art-directed approaches, staged/fabricated studio tableaux and constructions
  3. apply appropriate Occupational Health and Safety practice to studio operations at all times
  4. be aware of the constructed approaches associated with 'fabricated' photography, exploring the construction of photographic 'reality' (including an awareness of the historical basis and contemporary application of these ideas), utilizing a range of artificial and natural lighting techniques, and studio-based approaches (including the relation of photographic imagery towards its ad-mixture with other disciplines and approaches)
  5. understand photography as a visual language applied through producing photographic works suitable for folio presentation and developing ideas and imagery relating to projects in other studio areas
  6. be capable of electing to undertake further units in photomedia with a view towards either specialisation or application of the media within other studio disciplines
  7. understand and be able to apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the unit of study.


Exercises: 30%. Project: 50%, Journal: 20%

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including: one 1 hour lecture plus 3 tutorial hours and 8 independent study hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Either PHO1203 or FNA1111 or VPR1001 or VIS1111 and OHS1000