Photography and Social Media

Create beautiful images, and share moments to engage and inspire.

Ever wanted to learn more about using photography on Facebook, Flickr or Instagram? Learn about photography in visual art practice, storytelling, creative editing skills and the best social media platforms to showcase your images using your choice of device, for example mobile phone, tablet or digital camera.

Throughout this unit you will gain a deeper understanding of the social media landscape and create photographs that resonate with your audience. You will learn how to navigate through potential risks and make the most of your online presence.


Online: Photography and Social Media is part of a fully online suite of units to enable flexible study.


Study without tuition fees: HECS Scholarships available for all domestic students. When studying Photography and Social Media within the Associate Degree in Arts you will not incur a tuition fee or debt for the unit (conditions apply).


Exhibition: Have your work showcased in an online exhibition.


What you will learn

On successful completion of this unit you will:

  • Have learned essential principles of digital photography;
  • Have developed your social media voice and style through photographs;
  • Have discovered innovative photographers with a creative online presence;
  • Be inspired and make an impact.
Location: Online

Intake:
Semester 1, 3 April 2017

General Enquiries:
E: ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au
T: +61 3 6226 6365

Fees & Scholarships

Domestic students* will receive a full HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) scholarship for the Photography and Social Media unit in 2017.

The HECS scholarship is automatically applied when you enrol in the Photography and Social Media unit within the Associate Degree in Arts but will not show on your invoice, accessible via eStudent.

You may notice in the University of Tasmania Course and Unit Handbook that the costs of units are explicitly stated. Please be assured that this cost is covered by your HECS Scholarship for the Photography and Social Media unit in 2017.

After completing Photography and Social Media, the opportunity exists to undertake further units within the Associate Degree in Arts. Additional study in 2018 may attract HECS tuition fees, however for Australian citizens these may be deferred under the HECS-HELP Scheme. For further information on HECS-HELP consult the Australian Tax Office (ATO) guidelines.

Students will also receive a waiver for the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The funds from this fee are normally allocated to the improvement of services and amenities for students of the University. For the Photography and Social Media unit, the fee has been waived and the waiver will be automatically applied during the enrolment process.

A requirement for all students receiving a HECS Scholarship for this unit is compulsory completion of the eCAF. The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online through eStudent. Completing the form is a requirement for all students. Instructions for how to complete the eCAF form will be included in the Photography and Social Media unit content. Also see eCAF Instruction Guide (PDF 531KB).

Should you have any problems submitting your eCAF, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form.

*Domestic students include Australian citizens or students holding Permanent Humanitarian Visas or with Permanent Resident Status. Citizens of countries outside of Australia (excluding New Zealand), are not eligible to study this unit.


Frequently Asked Questions


Who can apply for Photography and Social Media

The Photography and Social Media unit is available to Australian citizens; and for NZ citizens, Permanent Residents and Humanitarian Visa Holders provided all studies are on-shore in Australia. You will need to have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Are there any pre-requisites for the unit?

There are no pre-requisites. If you require any further information please visit Admission Requirements.

What will I be required to do when studying in this unit?

You should expect to spend approximately 4-5 hours/week undertaking study in this unit.
After completing the unit, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the aesthetics of photographic imagery and use this to reflect on your own images and the work of others;
  • Apply fundamental principles of photographic language to express your ideas using digital image technologies;
  • Create and collate a folio of themed digital photographic work for social media platforms.

What are the dates for the next offering?

The next offering of Photography and Social Media will run in Semester 1, 2017. The unit will begin on Monday, 3rd April and conclude on Monday, 19th June.

When do applications close?

Classes start on 3rd April 2017. Applications closed on 31st March 2017.

Is there any face-to-face teaching?

No. The Photography and Social Media unit is fully online.

Who would benefit from studying Photography and Social Media?

Anyone interested in improving their photography skills and using social media to reach their desired audience.

A broad spectrum of people will find skills covered in this unit useful, from those who are just beginning and are looking to make sense of social media and photography,  to professional photographers aiming to strengthen their business by building an engaged audience.

Are there exams or assignments?

There will be ongoing assessments throughout the semester. Assessments will include the creation of an online journal, submission of images, online participation and reflection. There are no exams for this unit.

What is the Associate Degree in Arts?

In order to enrol in the Photography and Social Media (FSH001) unit, you will need to apply for a place in the Associate Degree in Arts. This will occur automatically when you complete the online application form.

After completing Photography and Social Media, the opportunity exists to undertake further units within the Associate Degree in Arts. The Associate Degree in Arts is a flexible, interdisciplinary course that allows students to design their own study plan by choosing a combination of units based upon personal preference and career goals.

Part- or full-time study modes are available.

Why is the University offering these units with concession tuition fees?

From time to time the University of Tasmania offers some units with concession tuition fees. These are generally online units which help increase community awareness and skills in areas such as healthy living and social engagement.

For many potential students, the cost of university study is a significant barrier; and those who haven't studied for some time appreciate the opportunity to develop confidence in their ability to succeed at university without the pressure of tuition fees.  In addition, we believe that the development of skills in these units is critical to community advancement and social cohesion - and these concessions are part of meeting our university's broad community obligation.

What do I need to do to enrol and what support is available?

Students must enrol in a formal course, a diploma, associate degree or bachelor degree, to take advantage of these opportunities.  Our courses aim to build confidence and capacity to develop a pathway to success.

We hope that you will be encouraged by the quality and flexibility of these particular units, and the academic support available, to continue with further study and complete a course.  We are aware of the need to manage work-life balance, and we offer flexible learning plans that can help tailor a program to suit individual circumstances.  We work closely with our students to support their progression through these learning opportunities.

Is it a requirement that I complete a full course at the University of Tasmania?

A high proportion of students undertaking these units go on to complete a course.  We realise that students' circumstances change due to financial and family commitments and there is no formal obligation to complete a course if your circumstances make that difficult.

It is possible to have a break from study and return at a later date and to change course, if your interests change.  We are also planning to develop shorter qualifications such as diplomas and associate degrees which will take less time to complete.

I don't own a computer; can I still apply for the unit?

You will need to have access to a computer to complete this unit. If you don't have your own computer, or perhaps someone in your family or a friend has one, you could use a computer at your local library, on campus in student areas, or at the university library.

You also require a reliable internet connection. You should expect to download about 2-3 GB of data each month while studying the unit online.

What type of camera and software will I need?

Any camera will be suitable, as long as you have the ability to upload the photos online.

No specific software is required for this unit.

Can I complete this unit on my mobile phone?

It is not recommended that you attempt this unit entirely on your mobile device.

However your phone camera is suitable for the photography components of the unit.

Do I need to be familiar with social media to complete this unit?

No previous social media experience is necessary.

I am quite familiar with social media and an experienced photographer; will I find this unit useful?

This unit includes extension material for students who are experienced in social media and/or photography.

Identifying what you want to achieve from your photography on social media and learning to cultivate those networks is an important skill in the modern digital world.

This unit explores how to create a meaningfully engaged audience so you can achieve your photography and social media goals.

Social media has a lot to offer photographers. In this unit you will develop skills to creatively select and use the tools best suited to your needs.

Do I need to be available online at specific times?

Generally you can complete the unit work in your own time. Please note that content is usually released on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The unit coordinators may choose to present some content in the form of a live web conference. You will be made aware of this via news items during the semester.

How many units can I undertake with concession tuition fees?

To enrol in another Study with Fee Concessions - College of Arts and Law opportunity, you will need complete an online application form for each unit when they are available, or register an Expression of Interest to be advised when the next offering of a unit is available for application. For further assistance, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form.

Students can choose to study as many online units with the College of Arts and Law as they like.

We are likely to maintain some fee concessions to students who progress satisfactorily and maintain continuity of study from one semester to the next.


How do I apply for admission to Photography and Social Media

Please complete an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified when information about the next intake is released.

If you need any assistance to complete the form, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form.

What supporting documents do I need to apply for Photography and Social Media?

If you are required to provide Citizenship documentation (if you have changed citizenship and are now an Australian citizen) or Permanent residency documentation (if you are not an Australian citizen but living under a permanent residency visa in Australia) you can scan and email them to us at ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au.

After you have received your login details you will also be required to submit an eCAF. The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online, after you have received your login details, through eStudent.

What is the cost of this unit?

The University of Tasmania is offering a HECS Scholarship to all participants in this unit. You may notice in the University of Tasmania Course and Unit Handbook that the costs of units are explicitly stated. Please be assured that this is a cost covered by your HECS Scholarship for Photography and Social Media unit when studied under the Associate Degree in Arts for 2017.

What is a HECS Scholarship?

The cost of university education is usually shared between the Australian Government and the student, with the student contributing a proportion of the cost and payable to the university. This tuition fee is commonly known as HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme). The University of Tasmania has offered to forgo the student contribution via a HECS Scholarship to all students studying the Photography and Social Media unit within the Associate Degree in Arts in 2017. This arrangement will be negotiated each year and is only guaranteed for one year at a time.

The HECS Scholarship is automatically applied when you enrol in the Photography and Social Media unit within the Associate Degree in Arts however may not show on your invoice until a later date.

Future studies may attract HECS tuition fees, however for Australian citizens these may be deferred under the HECS-HELP Scheme. For further information on HECS-HELP consult the Australian Tax Office (ATO) guidelines.

Students will also receive a waiver for the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The funds from this fee are normally allocated to the improvement of services and amenities for students of the University. For the Photography and Social Media unit, the fee has been waived and the waiver will be automatically applied during the enrolment process.

Why is the University offering these units without charging tuition fees?

From time to time the University of Tasmania offers some units without charging tuition fees. These are generally on-line units which help increase community awareness and skills in areas such as healthy living and social engagement.

For many potential students, the cost of university study is a significant barrier; and those who haven't studied for some time appreciate the opportunity to develop confidence in their ability to succeed at university without the pressure of tuition fees. In addition, we believe that the development of skills in these units is critical to community advancement and social cohesion - and these concessions are part of meeting our university's broad community obligation.

What is an eCAF?

The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online through eStudent. Even though there is no cost to a student undertaking the Photography and Social Media unit, completing the form is a mandatory requirement for all Commonwealth supported students. Instructions for how to complete the eCAF form will be included in the Photography and Social Media unit content. Also see eCAF Instruction Guide (PDF 531KB).

How will I know if my application is successful and if I have received a place in Photography and Social Media?

Once your application has been assessed, and if you have been successful, you will receive a letter/email from the university with details about your new University of Tasmania student username, email address and password. You will use your username and password to access the course content (through the MyLO online learning platform), as well as eStudent to manage your enrolment details and to submit your eCAF.

Please allow 10 working days for us to process your application however if you have not received an email or letter with your password/login details after 10 days, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form so that we check your application.

If you are a current or past UTAS student you will not receive new login details but will continue using those already assigned to you. If your password has expired you can change this through the MyPassword Service.

What happens if my application is not successful? Will someone contact me?

All applicants will be advised about the outcome of their application.

What happens if I begin the unit after the official start date?

The Photography and Social Media unit is delivered fully online. For this reason, you can study flexibly to make up for any time that you may have missed. Extra time will be allocated at the end of the unit to ensure that you are able to submit the final assessment item.


How do I get started?

Instruction guides will be available to assist you in the online application and enrolment process. If you have any questions, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form.

I have received a login and password but I can't access MyLO, UTAS email or eStudent, what do I do?

Please contact the UTAS IT Service Desk for assistance: Ph +61 3 6226 1818 (8:30am-5:00pm weekdays) or 1300 304 903 (local call charge within Tasmania) or Email: service.desk@utas.edu.au.

I am a previous student and haven't received a username and password, what do I do?

If you have studied with UTAS before, your login details will be the same as they were previously.

If your password has expired you can change this through the MyPassword Service.

If you have forgotten your login details, please contact please contact the UTAS IT Service Desk for assistance: Ph +61 3 6226 1818 (8:30am-6:00pm weekdays and 10:00am-1:00pm weekends and Tasmanian state wide public holidays) or 1300 304 903 (local call charge within Tasmania) or Email: service.desk@utas.edu.au.

What is an eCAF?

The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online through eStudent. Even though there is no cost to a student undertaking the Photography and Social Media unit, completing the form is a mandatory requirement for all Commonwealth supported students. Instructions for how to complete the eCAF form will be included in the unit content. Also see eCAF Instruction Guide (PDF 531KB).

What is Census date?

Every unit offered by a university has a published census date. Census date is the last day a student can withdraw from a unit without receiving a financial penalty.  As a full HECS scholarship is being applied to all students studying Photography and Social Media in 2017 however, students may withdraw after this date without receiving a financial penalty - but academic penalty may be applied. For withdrawal enquiries after census date, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form.

  1. How do I pass the unit without having final exams?
  2. What does online learning look like?
  3. When do I receive my unit outline?
  4. What will I be required to do when studying in this unit?
  5. I have started studying this unit and I am struggling to keep up. Where can I get help?
  6. What happens if I begin the unit after the official start date?
  7. I have completed my unit. How do I obtain my results?
  8. Can I use my Photography and Social Media unit result as credit towards a degree?
  9. I wish to enrol in another unit at UTAS. How do I go about this?
  10. Can I get a copy of my results?
How do I pass the unit without having final exams?

There will be ongoing assessments throughout the semester. Assessments could include such items as online quizzes composed of multiple-choice and short answer questions (some of which may be time-limited), online discussion forums and a digital journal and submission of your photographs.

What does online learning look like?

Online learning may involve combining online lectures, tutorials, workshops, group work, problem-based learning, or practical exercises with other approaches such as:

  • Video-conferencing
  • Resource-based learning (for example using print, video and audio)
  • Independent/group projects
  • Discussion forums

Flexible teaching and learning approaches are:

  • Learner-centred
  • About good teaching and learning practices for all students
  • Less time- and place-dependent than more traditional forms of teaching
  • Ones that increase the learner's responsibility for his or her own learning

Learning modules will be scheduled for release across the semester (often weekly or fortnightly).

When do I receive my unit outline?

Unit outlines will be available on the student unit website (MyLO) when study commences.

What will I be required to do when studying in this unit?

You should expect to spend approximately 4-5 hours/week undertaking study in this unit. After completing the unit, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the aesthetics of photographic imagery and use this to reflect on your own images and the work of others;
  • Apply fundamental principles of photographic language to express your ideas using digital image technologies;
  • Create and collate a folio of themed digital photographic work for social media platforms.
I have started studying this unit and I am struggling to keep up. Where can I get help?

Please contact your lecturer in the first instance.

Alternatively, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form.

What happens if I begin the unit after the official start date?

The Photography and Social Media unit is delivered fully online. For this reason, you can study flexibly to make up for any time that you may have missed.

I have completed my unit. How do I obtain my results?

The official release of results will occur on the date specified in the UTAS calendar. These results will be accessible from 9am on the specified date and are accessible via eStudent.

Can I use my Photography and Social Media unit result as credit towards a degree?

The Photography and Social Media unit can be included as part of the formal requirements for the Associate Degree in Arts course only. It cannot be used as credit toward any other degree.

Credit into your degree on the basis of completing this unit will be assessed by the College of Arts and Law on a case by case basis.

I wish to enrol in another unit at UTAS. How do I go about this?

To enrol in another Study with Fee Concessions - College of Arts and Law opportunity, you will need complete an online application form for each unit when they are available, or register an Expression of Interest to be advised when the next offering of a unit is available for application. For further assistance, please contact us by email ASC.Contact@utas.edu.au, phone +61 3 6226 6365, or the Contact Us online form.

Students can choose to study as many online units with the College of Arts and Law as they like.

Can I get a copy of my results?

You can access your eStudent account to obtain an informal statement of your results. Further information on academic records and transcripts may be found at Examinations & Results.

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