Undergraduate Degree




DP3005 Fine Art Digital Printing

[Studio Contact Hours: 39 hours; Pre-requisites: DP2001, DP2005; Academic Unit: 4.0]



DP2001, DP2005​

Academic Unit


4 AU

Course Description


Learning Objective

To expand the students’ repertoire within the digital darkroom.


This course is designed for students interested in deepening their understanding of digital techniques. Workflows will be covered to facilitate the many creative opportunities that the digital approach offers.

Course Outline




• Intro to course

2 - 6

• History of Digital Fine Art Printing 

• Hardware and software 

• The anatomy of the digital image: 

- bit depth, resolution, printer types, RIP’s etc

• Black and White workflow: 

- scanning and scanners, file size and resolution, sharpening, tone adjustments, archiving etc 

- Colour Management in Black and White.


• Mid Sem review of assignments

8 - 12

• Colour workflow: - Layer masks, hue and saturation masking, burning and dodging, montage, painting with light, exposure controls with digital cameras.


• Final review of assignments

Learning Outcome

The student will have an appreciation of the digital image as a thing that is mutable and subject to creative intervention.

Student Assessment

  1. Final Assessment: 40%

  2. Continuous Assessment: 60% (of which at least 15% is participation)

Continuous assessment components may include:

  • Studio-based exercises and projects

  • Individual, group and team-based assignments


    1. William Mitchell, The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era, MIT Press

    2. Harald Johnson, Mastering Digital Printing, Muska & Lipman

    3. Ron Sheppard, Camera Raw for the Digital Photographer, Wiley Publishing

    4. Bruce Fraser, Real World Color Management, PeachPit Press