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The Family Photo Essay FXA102


In this unit, you will work with media professionals to learn the basics of creating a family photo essay, bringing words and images together to communicate family stories. You will hone your writing skills and learn how to create, select, and edit photographic images. You will learn how to use the photo essay format for personal, professional, or creative expression. For family historians and genealogists, the photo essay format provides you with the opportunity to create compelling and creative stories that interweave the past with the present. All of the photographs that you make for The Family Photo Essay can be done with your camera phone or a digital SLR. You do not need prior camera skills as you will be taught technical and compositional skills.


Unit name The Family Photo Essay
Unit code FXA102
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts|Media
Coordinator Doctor Anthony Curran
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Term 4 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Term 4 14/10/2024 28/10/2024 18/11/2024 22/12/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse photographic images to identify composition and design.
  • Select, create and edit photographic images to tell a story.
  • Write captions to complement and interpret photographic images.
  • Evaluate the relevance of creative practice to family history.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HEJ001 The Photo Essay


Teaching Pattern

Weekly Online Class

AssessmentOnline quiz (10%)|Critical reflection (20%)|Images and captions (20%)|Photo Essay (50%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



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