Unit description

Introduces students to the basic principles of design and digital imaging through a combination of practice and theory using Photoshop. A basic pathway enables students to complete competency-based modules. An optional advanced pathway enables students to undertake an additional design project where self-expression and technical ability are assessed.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to the unit: Photomontage and digital storytelling

Topic 2: Acquiring raw materials, appropriation and copyright issues

Topic 3: Digital Imaging basics and making selections

Topic 4: Hybrid imagery

Topic 5: Composition strategies

Topic 6: Using digital colour

Topic 7: Creating spatial illusions using layers, filters and transparency

Topic 8: Animation basics

Topic 9: Adding sound to moving imagery

Topic 10: Critical practice, observation and reflection

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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