PHT220 Photo Imaging: Concept and Context (8)

This subject explores analogue and digital photo-imaging technologies in response to a range of contextual studies and conceptual stimuli. Students will examine a variety of photo-imaging concepts and processes, including high-end camera formats, efficient workflows, creative process, project development, and printing/digital presentation strategies. These skills will complement a broad introduction to contemporary and historical trends within photographic visual culture. Students will apply these skills to generate a range of independent responses to conceptual problems through practice.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHT220. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate and explain the intrinsic qualities and technical processes of the photo-image in either analogue or digital contexts;
  • be able to critically reflect on issues in contemporary photography and apply them to practice;
  • be able to creatively respond to visually orientated conceptual problems using appropriate photo-imaging concepts and techniques;
  • be able to demonstrate the ability to determine the most appropriate photo-imaging technologies for a broad range of professional and conceptual photographic tasks; and
  • be able to maintain and catalogue a personal creative workflow using a digital file management system.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Issues in contemporary photography (Personal, political, social, cultural and ecological considerations)
  • Case studies of contemporary photographers and other artists who use photography in their practice
  • Developing, maintaining and completing creative projects in response to conceptual stimuli
  • Critiquing and assessing professional camera techniques and processes (film and/or digital)
  • Creative workflows and file management

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHT220 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Imaging the everyday
The protean self
The anthropocene

Special Resources

Students will require access to a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera system with options for full manual control and capable of shooting in a RAW format. The minimum lens specification for the camera is 24105mm or 2470mm (or the equivalent focal length for a non-full-frame format). The maximum aperture of the lens must be at least f4, however, f2.8 is preferable.

Students also require access to a studio lighting kit. The minimum standard is 2x flash heads, 2x soft boxes, 2x light stands and 1x trigger/sync cord. Also essential for studio lighting is handheld light meter capable of reading flash and ambient light in both incident and reflected modes. (e.g. Sekonic L308s). This is essential for using studio lighting equipment, and highly recommended for accurate light metering in all other aspects of photography.

Other resources and requirements for all cohorts will be detailed and advised through the interact site in the session of offering and on your course-site. These requirements will be reviewed and updated annually.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.