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Photographic and digital media

Photographic and digital media is an exciting elective course that is available to students in Year 9 and 10.

It provides opportunities for students to build upon their knowledge and understanding of components of the visual arts mandatory course including the frames, artist practice and the conceptual framework using wet and digital photography.

Students learn to use a variety of cameras including pinhole cameras, box brownies, 35mm single lens reflex (SLR) film cameras, as well as digital SLR cameras. They learn procedures and techniques in darkroom processing and digital manipulation using programs such as Adobe Photoshop.

Students develop their research skills, approaches to experimentation and how to make informed personal choices and judgements through studying a wide range of photographic and digital media artists and their work. It is compulsory for students to record procedures and activities about their making practice in their Photography Process Diary (PPD).

Photographic and digital media elective can be studied for 100 or 200 hours in Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10).

The units covered throughout the course include:

  • Mission: Shoot and Capture
  • Let There Be Light
  • Head On
  • The Moving Image
  • Urban FX.

In Years 9 and 10, photographic and digital media an excursion is planned during the year to specific art and photography exhibitions related to the unit of work being studied. This may include Art Express, World Press Photo, Biennale of Sydney or Sculpture by the Sea.

The weighting of this course is 60% practical and 40% theory.

Course duration: 1 year (100 hours) for Year 9 as a one-year elective or 2 years (200 hours) for Years 9 and 10 as a two-year elective.

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Equipment required: Photographic Process Diary (PPD), USB.

Course fees: $70 per year - covers all photographic paper and chemicals and digital printing and includes a Photography Process Diary (PPD).

Download the Year 9 and 10 assessment schedule (DOCX 18 KB) for further information.

Photographic and digital media at Riverstone High School

Here are some examples of our students' photographic works.

Year 9

Year 10