Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Gippsland Centre for Art and Design


Ms Susan Purdy


Not offered in 2016


This unit develops an understanding of concepts of photomedia and an understanding of the relationship and relevance of student photographic work to aesthetics in photography, art and design. Students will undertake a series of thematic projects which stimulate awareness in the creative processes of conceiving, producing and editing photographic imagery through the control, manipulation and application of appropriate photographic material (ie. colour transparency films, print materials). This unit of photomedia imaging is a core unit within the BDes (VisComm) and for studio majors in the BFA and BVA courses.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. have a basic practical and critical understanding of photography and its links with other media
  2. be able to access the Faculty Photomedia facilities and resources with a clear understanding of appropriate health and safety studio procedures and implement these procedures within their work practice
  3. have a minimum level of competence and understanding of the operations associated with lens-based photography including the principles of photographic 'seeing' and technical principles of image production (i.e. use of light sensitive materials, exposure)
  4. have a basic understanding of photography as a visual language through working with photographic imagery as expressive, narrative and representational forms
  5. have developed a basic vocabulary for the discussion of ideas and the role of images within the broader framework of contemporary society and art practice
  6. have the foundation necessary to undertake further units in Photomedia with a view towards either specialisation or application of the media within other studio disciplines.


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

Workload requirements

4 hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Admission to a degree program of the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture or permission of Head of Department for non-Faculty applicants


PHO1101, PHO1111, PHO1121, PHO1203