ATS2169 - Photojournalism - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Fay Anderson


Mr Robert Carey

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.




This second-year unit will introduce students to the theory and practice of photojournalism.

The unit will review the history and ethics of photojournalism, and will develop skills in the planning, taking, editing and presentation of news photographs, using industry-standard technologies.

The unit is designed to prepare students for a profession which is experiencing significant change due to rapidly evolving technology.


  1. Students will develop an understanding of the historical circumstances, technological developments and industry context which have contributed to the contemporary practice of photojournalism.
  2. Students will develop the ability to critically assess what constitutes an effective image from both a technical and journalistic point of view.
  3. Students will develop competencies in planning, selecting and setting up photographic subject material in accordance with good journalistic practice.
  4. Students will develop competencies in taking individual photos, or sets of photos which present coherent narratives, that are suitable for publication, using industry-standard photographic equipment.
  5. Students will develop competencies in editing photos for publication in a variety of media using industry-standard software.
  6. Students will be able to provide captions and other interpretative text for both individual photos and photo essays.
  7. Students will be able to work within the ethical parameters of photojournalism.
  8. Students will develop photojournalism skills and a portfolio of work that will enhance job opportunities in journalism.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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