Careers and Student profile
Careers - Photography
Deakin's Photography students may find employment in the following areas upon graduation:
- creative practice
- community arts organisations
- freelance photography
- photo journalism
- professional studio photography
- related cross-media areas such as web design
Student profile - Photography
Bridget has sold photographic work online, been commissioned as a photographer for performances and promotional materials, had work exhibited in a number of group shows, won prizes in photographic competitions and been a finalist in the National Women’s Art Show of Australia.
She is a graduate of the Bachelor of Contemporary Arts course at Deakin, where she specialised in Media Arts (Photography)*. During her time at Deakin Bridget was awarded a travel grant and scholarship to study one semester abroad. She says this was ‘a fantastic experience’ that allowed her ‘to see the real possibility of an international career’ in photography.
She found her Deakin course ‘very flexible’ and appreciated that it ‘could be tailored to individual areas of interest.’ As a mature aged student it ‘also fit in well with [her] other personal and family commitments.’ She found the lecturers were very approachable and encouraged the exploration of new concepts and creative experimentation.
In the final year of her course she was involved in several collaborative projects, which introduced her to cross-disciplinary art forms, installation art and new media technology. Along with a group of Deakin Students she also co-founded The Vent Project, which is ‘a creative investigation into the youth issues in the City of Melbourne and surrounding areas.’ The Vent Project has been initiated as a proposed workshop, to be undertaken in National Youth Week 2009. The workshop will be ‘a creative outlet for Melbourne's youth, allowing them to voice their opinions on a range of topics, as varied as personal health, relationships, community safety, discrimination and individuality, in both local and global contexts.’ VENT aims to showcase the outcomes of this workshop in a documentary-style production, in order to reach a greater audience and ‘emphasise the value of youth in society.’
Bridget is currently planning her first solo exhibition and working towards obtaining funding for a documentary project.
In the future she hopes to undertake a Masters in Fine Art Photography. She would love to be able to work as a successful photo media artist, undertaking research, travelling and being involved in community arts projects around the world. ‘That’s the dream, anyway,’ she says.
*This course is now titled ‘Bachelor of Film and Digital Media’
see also Brad Axiak - writer and photographer