Unit description

Introduces students to digital photographic techniques, concepts, materials, and processes. Students learn to understand and use the camera, lighting and software while completing a set of un-graded modules. Students may also choose an additional thematic project in which personal artistic and technical interests are explored within a critical context.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to Digital Photography - Photoshop basics, pixels and file sizes

Topic 2 Photoshop - retouching, cut and paste

Topic 3 Camera 1 - shutter speed

Topic 4 Camera 2 - aperture

Topic 5 Camera 3 - lenses depth of field

Topic 6 Photography 1 - composition

Topic 7 Photography Test

Topic 8 Photography 2 - panoramas

Topic 9 Photography 3 - still life

Topic 10 Photography 4 - image sequences

Topic 11 Photography 5 - editing issues

Topic 12 Photography - Presentation/Critique

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 3

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
11 ungraded tasksSR
Pass tasks and graded project100%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (12 weeks)
11 ungraded tasksSR
Pass tasks and graded project100%

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


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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