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CAEL3019: Alternative Photographic Practices

2024 unit information

This unit introduces students to advanced and alternative chemical-based photographic practices. It will explore contemporary photographic abstraction through the work of artists manipulating the material substrate of the photographic medium. The darkroom will become the site for experimentation using camera-less as well as in-camera photographic proesses and hybrids of digital and analogue technology. There will be an awareness of sustainability in darkroom practices by utilising low-impact plant-based and DIY developers and toners where available. This unit builds upon the solid analogue darkroom processes taught in the Photography and the Darkroom elective.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Sydney College of the Arts

Code CAEL3019
Academic unit Sydney College of the Arts
Credit points 6
(12 credit points at 2000 level from CAEL including CAEL2042) or (12 credit points at 2000 level from CAST and CAEL2042)
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. identify and effectively utilise the tools and technology associated with alternate processes in photographic darkroom practices
  • LO2. understand where these processes fit within the context of art history and contemporary practice
  • LO3. discuss and critique photographic works made in the alternative darkroom in terms of its formal and conceptual merit
  • LO4. demonstrate experimental and critical approaches to art work production
  • LO5. demonstrate strategies to synthesise concept, process and form in art making.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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