PHO1204 - Digital imaging for contemporary art - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Art

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Peta Clancy


Dr Peta Clancy

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


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




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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