Studio Theory Media Arts C (THAP2621)


This Unit of Study is split into two areas: Photomedia; Film and Digital Art.

The focus in this Studio is the exploration of ways of critically interpreting photographs and of understanding a range of photographic practices. Topics such as memory, time, evidence, and the everyday, are selected to provide windows into both photographic history and keys aspects of photo-criticism.

Film and Digital Art:
The Electronic Image: Unpredictable Encounters
Across a wide range of electronic imaging platforms and issues students will study the interplay between technological possibilities, chance and manifestation of the idea (social, philosophical, cultural, aesthetic). As such students will come to a deeper understanding of the artistic process; also the history of the unpredictable encounters of the electronic image in its mediation of personal and public concerns.

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Further unit of study information


Lecturer and directed contact over 12 weeks, plus self-directed study; total student effort of 60 hrs


Assessment is based on successful completion of written and or/seminar assignments (100%)


Bolton, Richard (ed.). The Contest of Meaning: Critical Histories of Photography Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1989.
Squiers, Carol (ed.). The Critical Image, Seattle: Bay Press, 1990.
French, Blair (ed.). Photofiles: An Australian Photography Reader, Sydney: Power Institute and Australian Centre for Photography, 1999.

Film and Digital Art
Deleuze, Gilles. Cinema 1 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1986).
Lupton, Catherine. Chris Marker: Memories of the Future. London: Reaktion Books, 2006, 87-97.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

THAP1211 and THAP1212



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.