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The Photo Essay: Storytelling with image and text FXA202


We know the impact that photographic images can have on us, individually and collectively. When images and words come together to tell a story they can be entertaining, revelatory, breath-taking, and even powerful agents of change. In this unit, you will learn how to create a photo essay, by honing your writing skills and learning how to create, select, and edit photographic and digital images. Putting words and images together, you will identify how to use the photo essay format for professional and creative expression and evaluate how this format and the skills that you have learnt can be applied in the context of Creative Arts and Health.


Unit name The Photo Essay: Storytelling with image and text
Unit code FXA202
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Creative Arts and Media
Discipline Arts
Coordinator Doctor Linda Erceg
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Create, analyse and edit photographic images
  • Write captions to complement and interpret photographic images, informed by critical reflective practice
  • Create stories within the context of creative arts and health, using a sequence of photographic images with words
  • Critically evaluate creative work, integrating and applying theoretical knowledge within the context of creative arts and health.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
109999 $1,118.00 $957.00 not applicable $2,695.00

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Teaching Pattern

Off Campus

Online learning including discussion boards, practical activities and Zoom tutorials and webinars, with self-directed learning (approx. 4hrs weekly)

AssessmentTask 1: Online knowledge quiz (10%)|Task 2: Image and Caption (20%)|Task 4: Critical reflection. (20%)|Task 3: Photo Essay (50%)
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