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CAEL3014: Image/Object in Photomedia

This unit of study explores how photography intersects with sculpture. You research and explore the relationship between objects and photography and how sculptural ideas can stretch the function of an image. You consider what a photograph may be materially when extended to encompass sculptural, performative and interactive dimensions. Projects may utilise and combine image-based practices such as digital photography and analogue photography, projection, print, performance, objects and installation to encourage an expanded approach to photographic practice.


Academic unit Sydney College of the Arts
Unit code CAEL3014
Unit name Image/Object in Photomedia
Session, year
Semester 1, 2023
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

12 credit points at 1000 level in Visual Arts or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Studio Foundation
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Salote Tawale,
Lecturer(s) Jacky Redgate ,
Amanda Williams,
Genevieve Reynolds,
Tutor(s) Remi Siciliano ,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Major Project 3
Week 15, In-class Presentation and feedback.
40% Formal exam period
Due date: 09 Jun 2023 at 23:59
5-10 mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Presentation hurdle task Research Project 1
In-Class Presentation Week 4.
20% Week 04
Due date: 14 Mar 2023 at 23:59
5-10 mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Presentation Framework Project 2
Submit Week 8.
40% Week 08
Due date: 21 Apr 2023 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Please Note: All assessment tasks must be attempted in order to pass this unit!

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Formal exam period Final Assessment: PROJECT 3 DUE. Class Presentations and feedback. Presentation (3 hr)  
Week 01 Introduction to the Unit details, learning outcomes, assignments, and additional information. Framework 1; Performing the body as a sculptural object. *See the Weekly Schedule on Canvas under Modules, for more detail on learning activities. Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 02 Technical workshop; Glitch and Lumen Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 03 Introduction to assignment 2 Frameworks- Framework 2; Performing the body as a sculptural object. Framework 3; Two-dimensional Object with three-dimensional surface/New Materiality. Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Technical Workshop; Materiality in the image Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 06 Technical Workshop; The print. Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 No classes are scheduled this week. Independent Studio Time. *April 7th, Good Friday public holiday Independent study (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 PROJECT 1 IS DUE. Present 3 images in class. Introduction to Project 2. Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Introduction to Assignment 3 (Major Project) Anzac Day: Tuesday (make up class week 7) Tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 The materiality of the image- students propose ideas. Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 11 Class activity, 1:1 meetings with Lecturer Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Technical workshop; Finishing Workshop (3 hr) LO1 LO4
Week 13 Final feedback Project 2. Lecture and tutorial (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: students are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board which will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.
  • Preparation: students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

Additional requirements by the Sydney College of the Arts

  • Students are expected to attend a minimum of 90% of timetabled activities for this unit of study, unless granted exemption by the unit coordinator or relevant delegate.
  • All assignments are compulsory and must be attempted. You must attend scheduled assessments to be eligible to pass.
  • Non-attendance at assessment on any grounds insufficient to claim special consideration will result in forfeiture or marks associated with the assessment.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available in the Canvas site for this unit.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. gain technical and creative skills to generate objects, installations and photographic artworks
  • LO2. develop a critical approach to image based studies that expand the definition of photographic practice
  • LO3. manage the processes involved in a multidisciplinary project
  • LO4. further develop experimental approaches to your work
  • LO5. utilise a multidisciplinary approach to photographic ideas and the ability to synthesise concept, process and form

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
Changes have been made to facilitate all classes being taught on campus and to align technical workshops with lecture content and assignments.

Work, health and safety

Students must complete WHS inductions and related Canvas quizzes to access photographic lighting studios and workspaces required for the completion of projects.


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