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Photographic and Digital Media Years 7–10: Advice on Programming and Assessment

relationships between the agencies of the artworld such as artists and the world; artists, the world and artworks; audiences and artworks.

In this course students can develop their understanding of relationships in the artworld by investigating particular photographic and digital works as a reflection of the time and place in which they were made. Intentions of the artist as photographer, videographer, computer/digital artist, filmmaker and performance artist, the changing nature and function of audiences, the physical properties of photographic and digital works and how artists provoke responses can be investigated through different practices, and critical and historical accounts of photographic and digital works.

Students can build an understanding about how they and other artists investigate various ideas and issues in and about the world and represent their intentions in their photographic and digital works. These investigations of relationships in the artworld can be used to formulate intentions in order to develop and exhibit a portfolio, and to develop more complex written critical and historical accounts about photographic and digital works.


The subjective, structural, cultural and postmodern frames generate different understandings and provide a focus for different investigations about practice and the agencies of the conceptual framework in making and critical and historical interpretations of photographic and digital works. The frames underpin how content is investigated in teaching, learning and assessment activities.

Particular frames may be the focus of one or more units of work across a stage. A frame may be revisited in different units of work, and more complex concepts, different approaches and a broader range of examples can be used to generate a deeper understanding of practice and the conceptual framework from a particular viewpoint in making and critical and historical interpretations of photographic and digital works.

In this course an investigation of one or more frames over one term or a semester provides for a deeper investigation and alternative ways for interpreting and explaining how the frames affect meaning and significance in making, and critical and historical interpretations of photographic and digital works. Practice and the agencies of the conceptual framework are investigated in more complex and interrelated ways as students broaden their understanding of how different points of view can be represented in photographic and digital works, and in critical and historical accounts of photographic and digital media.

In making photographic and digital works the structures of practice and agencies of the artworld may be interpreted and investigated through a particular frame. For example, in photographic and digital media making practice a structural frame focus can investigate the conventions and communicative value and meaning of photographic and digital media as text and systemic schemes of communication through a visual language.

In critical and historical interpretations students are introduced to the language of the frames as a way of explaining and interpreting photographic and digital works. They learn to use the specific language of a frame to focus investigations and to write and make judgements about works which become increasingly more complex and multi-layered over time.


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