PHT115 Introduction to Analogue Photography (8)

This subject provides students with the basic principles of analogue photography, including a variety of analogue photographic practices and processes, a history of analogue photography, lighting considerations, use of photographic accessories and printing techniques. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of critical analysis, including basic interpretation of meaning in photographic imagery, together with aspects of composition and aesthetics. Sustainability principles in analogue photographic processes are also covered including workplace health and safety for varying photographic environments.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHT115. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not avaialable to students who have completed VPA103 or MPI107

Incompatible Subjects

MPI107, VPA103

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the fundamentals of representation, aesthetics and meaning in photographic imagery;
  • be able to contribute to critical discussions regarding both their own & peers' work;
  • be able to proficiently prepare photographic work for presentation in a range of analogue formats;
  • be able to operate independently in a range of photographic environments; and
  • be able to demonstrate the principles and workings of selected analogue photographic processes.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Critical interpretation and analysis of photographs
  • Composition and aesthetics
  • History of analogue photographic processes
  • Contemporary analogue photographic practices
  • Essential photographic resources and lighting considerations
  • Analogue printing techniques and controls
  • Sustainability of analogue practices
  • Introduction to Workplace Health and Safety issues of analogue process

Special Resources

On campus students at Wagga Wagga will be required to access University provided photographic darkroom Facilities to complete assessment tasks.

Resources and requirements for Online students will be detailed and advised through the interact site in the session of offering. These requirements will be reviewed and updated annually.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.