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NM3200 - Photography Genres

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Classifying the types or genres of photography can be an imprecise exercise. Even once we identify genres, there is often a lot of overlap between the different areas. To add to this many genres also have sub-genres. In this subject we will look at this range and overlap of photographic genres. For instance is 'high speed photography' a genre or a technique? And what about 'portraiture'? For our purposes we will be looking at two broad categories of photographic genres; fiction and non-fiction. Fictional genres tend to allow an element of fantasy and so are more liberal in terms of photographic ethics, allowing significant retouching and blending of images. The types of photography that falls under the fictional genre heading often have commercial uses or are designed for exhibition. Non-fictional genres attempt to record reality in a more objective manner and mostly rest under the heading editorial photography. Of course, no photography is completely objective. For editorial travel photography as well as news photography the photographer has been very selective about what is included in the frame and what is not. There are not absolutes however exploring these categories permits us to determine the general set of ethics that would tend to govern each group of genres.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply the theory underpinning a range of digital media workflows in contemporary media arts;
  • communicate using the language of contemporary art digital media workflows;
  • use practical skills in still image, moving image, intermedia, sound and design workflows;
  • develop skills in self directed-learning effectively.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > Quizzes or tests - (25%)
  • Invigilated > Presentations - (25%)
  • Photographic genre project - (50%).
Prerequisites: (NM1200 OR NM1201 OR CV1020 OR CV1210 OR PT1410) AND NM1210 AND (NM2201 OR NM2220) AND NM2230
NM3220 NM3203 NM2202


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Victoria Kuttainen
Lecturer: Mrs Narelle Delle Baite.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours - Online engagement
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.