Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art


Ms Tamsin Green



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit was formerly coded TAD3440


This unit will consider the ways in which the camera contributed to new ways of seeing in the nineteenth century. The unit will investigate the concept of analogue reproduction, especially photography's promise to represent the 'real' world, and consider practices in which the real is consistently manipulated. Photography will be considered across a range of disciplines: ethnographic and anthropological photographs; documentary photography; photography as a diagnostic tool in the world of medicine and the use of photography by the legal system. Finally, the unit will address the changes in the production and circulation of images evident in digital modes of reproduction.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have developed:

  1. A broad knowledge of the multi-disciplinary nature of photography

  1. Critical skills that enable them to analyse a broad range of photographic texts and contexts

  1. An understanding of the critical and theoretical debates related to photography in society

  1. An understanding of two different modes of reproduction: the analogue and the digital

  1. An understanding of the ways in which technologies of reproduction change modes of representation


Assignment 1,500 words (40%)
Research essay 2,500 words (60%)

Workload requirements

12 hours per week including 3 contact hours and 9 hours of independent study or equivalent

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Chief examiner(s)


12 credit points at second year level in Art history and theory, or Theory of Art and Design, Visual Culture or permission from Unit Coordinator.


VSA2440, VSA3440, CLS2440, CLS3440, TAD2440, TAD3440, AHT2440