VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging (8)

This subject provides an introduction to the creation and manipulation of photographic digital images (access to digital manipulation software is required eg: Photoshop). Students will develop an individual aesthetic through this process that is also informed by a survey of significant photographic images from the field.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VPA104. 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 available to student who have successfully completed MPI105 or PHT106

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to competently acquire digital images and demonstrate an understanding of related hardware and software
  • be able to use current industry standard image processing/manipulation software
  • be able to demonstrate competent basic principles and workings of the digital camera
  • be able to demonstrate preliminary emergence of an individual photo-imaging aesthetic
  • be familiar with digital imaging terminology and practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • introduction to perspectives on digital imaging;
  • overview of contemporary computer generated artwork;
  • image composition and aesthetics;
  • digital manipulation with appropriate software;
  • image acquisition;
  • scanning images;
  • introduction to the soft/hardware and the workings of the digital studio;
  • occupational health & safety issues.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au 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.