Photographic and Digital Media plays a significant role in the curriculum by providing specialised learning opportunities to enable students to understand and explore the nature of photographic and digital media as an important field of artistic practice, conceptual knowledge and technological procedures.
The broad areas of photography and digital media as print, interactive and moving forms are extremely relevant and of fundamental interest to students. Much of their knowledge of the world and their notions of cultural and self-identity come from the photographic and digital images that permeate the visual arts and design, television, film, video, internet, mass media and multimedia.
Artistic practice that incorporates photographic and digital media plays an essential part in the contemporary artworld. The evolution of digital technologies, in particular, has altered the nature of photographic practice and has created new practice with many variables. This course area provides opportunities for students to investigate the ways in which these fields of artistic practice have evolved and been utilised over the 20th century and into the 21st century. Practice within the school context is intended to approximate practice used in the contemporary world by artists, photographers, videographers, filmmakers, animators and critics who provide real-world models for learning and make available career options to students.