Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)

COURSE (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Overview

Learn the skills and the creative art of photography. Develop your knowledge of photographic theory. Photography is the crucial medium of our age. Apply to study a Photography course at Deakin.

Focus on developing the professional skills, technical proficiency and creative self-expression required for a successful career in photography with Deakin’s Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography). You’ll gain a range of tools required for work as a professional photographer while developing a portfolio of work to show potential employers. You will also critically engage with the discipline to grasp the crucial place of the medium in visual culture today, and in history.

During the course you’ll focus on portfolio creation, project management, visual communication, experimental practices, exhibition and online collaboration. Working in our professionally-equipped facilities, you’ll also learn about chemical and digital imaging in diverse photographic formats. 

Production techniques include digital photography, digital montage, conceptualisation, conceptual approaches and virtual realities. Production activities are designed to develop visual and digital literacy and photo compositing software skills with an emphasis on high quality output and presentation for screen and print. 

Multi-disciplinary teaching staff will guide you through a combination of lectures, practical workshops and demonstrations, class tutorials, critique sessions, gallery visits and projects. Guest speakers deliver regular presentations, and you’ll get a chance to undertake fieldwork and industry visits as well as publically exhibiting your own works. You may also choose to enrich your studies with international study tours and internships.

The skills you gain can be applied to roles in a range of creative and commercial settings. Career opportunities exist in the media, arts, art production, tourism, cultural and entertainment industries. You can also choose to combine your degree with education studies and become qualified to teach photography.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

3 years full time

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)

Year

2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

VTAC code

1400416233 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400516233 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place

Deakin code

A352

CRICOS code

077371C

Level

Undergraduate

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Entry requirements

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table. Some courses may have additional entry requirements.

Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

For year 12/VCE entry: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and presentation of a portfolio of work to a satisfactory standard.

Download our Frequently Asked Questions document to learn more about folio submission.

To submit your folio please go to www.deakin.edu.au/communication-creative-arts/portfolio-applications

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/study-at-deakin/apply

From Trimester 3 2017:

Entry for school leavers will be based on their performance in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL. Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published clearly-in Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au

Entry for non-school leavers will be based on their performance in:

  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline OR
  • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent for example relevant work or life experience

All Applicants seeking admission to the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography) will be required to complete a portfolio of work presented to a satisfactory.

Download our Frequently Asked Questions document to learn more about folio submission. 
To submit your folio please go to www.deakin.edu.au/communication-creative-arts/portfolio-applications

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

Cloud studies

Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

However, international students living in Australia must, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered via Cloud (online). International students are not permitted to do more than 25% of their total course via Cloud (online) learning. Best practice is to enrol in mostly Campus located units in each compulsory trimester.

In a non-compulsory trimester (Trimester 3), international students may study Cloud (online) units only.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

Integrate conceptual, theoretical and technical skills in the development, production and presentation of a range of photographic practices and mediums.

Synthesise and evaluate the visualization and expression of ideas and concepts within a photographic context.

Communication

Developed ability to think critically and effectively communicate concepts and ideas through photography.
Digital literacy Have well developed skills in a range of generic digital technologies as well as specific pre and post-production digital technologies in line with photographic industry standards.  

Critical thinking

Acquire skills to critically evaluate and analyse specific texts and approaches essential to photographic theory and practice. 

Problem solving

Employ initiative and creativity in using evidence-based communication and production methods to address problems in diverse professional and scholarly contexts.  

Self-management

Work independently and employ initiative, time-management strategies and resourcefulness to foster intellectual and creative development. 

Teamwork

Understanding of the need to identify individual strengths and work collaboratively as part of a team to achieve common goals while maintaining responsibility for individual learning. 

Global citizenship

Identify and interpret diverse contexts and concepts including historical and cultural global photographic practice and relevant theories. 

Approved by Faculty Board October 2015

 

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography) a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 16 credit points of core units
  • 8 credit points of electives
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • no more than 8 credit points outside the Faculty of Arts and Education

16

Core units

8

Elective units

24

Total

How to apply

Apply through VTAC

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

Apply Through VTAC

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin

Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

PDF Application form - 306 KB

Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

Course pathways

Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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Disclaimers:
Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

Credit for Prior Learning

Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit transfer. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit transfer.

Your credit transfer is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

Offered campuses

Burwood

Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.


Geelong Waterfront

Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.


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