Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)

Undergraduate degree

Unleash your creativity via Deakin's Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography) and gain technical skills using our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. All applicants need to submit a portfolio to Deakin. See details in the entry requirements below.

Key facts

English language requirements

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

Duration

3 years full time

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Photography is at the heart of contemporary visual culture. It is a medium of documentation and illusion, communication and artistic self-expression. Within the fine arts and commercial applications, media and social networks our lives have become so interconnected through photography that it is hard to imagine a world without it. More than any generation before we are also photographic makers - capturing and sharing the moments in our lives, promoting our ideas and expressing our points of view through images.

The photography programme at Deakin University is about creativity and reflective engagement with the medium, technical proficiency, self-expression and realising the career and academic aspirations of each student.

Our new Photography course is fresh and exciting with state of the art equipment and facilities that encompass the breadth of analogue /chemical, digital, experimental and cross-media photographic practices in an engaging programme which reflects upon the theoretical, historical and the contemporary fine art and cultural dimensions of the medium.

Multi-disciplinary teaching staff / practitioners and technical support staff will guide and encourage you through a combination of lectures, practical workshops and demonstrations, class tutorials and critique sessions, gallery visits, solo and collaborative based projects. Guest speakers and professional practitioner presentations are a regular feature within the programme and students also undertake fieldwork and industry visits and exhibitions of their own works. Students also have the opportunity to enrich their studies with a variety of options for international study tours and work placement internships.

When you study Photography at Deakin you will also discover an exciting range of inter-disciplinary options and clear pathways to post-graduate research in an academy which nurtures creative practice, critical and conceptual thinking and the vocational skills required for fine arts and commercial career pathways aimed at maximising your individual potential.  

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Course structure

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

  • 18 x credit points of core units
  • 6 x credit points of open electives
  • no more than 12 credit points at level 1
  • at least 4 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

18

Core units

6

Elective units

24

Total

Level 1

  • Art and Performance: Roles of the Artist ACA101
  • Art and Performance: New Directions for Creative Practice ACA100
  • Analogue Photography ACI101
  • Digital Photography ACI102
  • Level 2

  • Materialising the Image: Visual Art and Photography Since 1989 ACV207
  • Darkroom Practices ACI203
  • Photographic Lighting 1: Natural and Artificial Lighting ACI205
  • Level 3

  • Photographic Lighting 2: Studio Lighting ACI302
  • Folio and Professional Practice ACI304 (2 credit points)
  • Complete three 1-credit point units chosen from the following list:

  • Contemporary Art Practice: Body ACV101
  • Contemporary Art Practice: Space ACV102
  • Design Skills ACG103
  • Writing with the Camera ACF103
  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies IND101
  • Complete five 1-credit point units chosen from the following list with at least one level 3 unit:

  • Integrated Practice 1 ACV210
  • Alternative Imaging ACI201
  • Contemporary Documentary and Narrative Photography ACI204
  • Digital Imaging 2: Advanced ACI202
  • Art and Technology ACV214
  • Aboriginal Knowledges and Experiences: Historical Journeys-Contemporary Perspectives IND201
  • New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science ACI303
  • Visual Arts History and Theory in the Expanded Field ACV311
  • Experimental Photography and Creative Practice ACI301
  • Out of the Box: Theatre in Alternative Contexts ACP323
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship A ACC317
  • Electives

    Complete six electives, of which at least three must be 2nd or 3rd level

    We suggest students complete at least 4 units in a subject area different to their degree, preferably a linked sequence of study in the same area. This choice can include units from any degree in the University but is best chosen from the subject areas in the Bachelor of Arts (https://www.deakin.edu.au/course/bachelor-arts). We do recommend students complete at least two more course elective units listed above.

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    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)
    Year
    2019 course information
    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.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Trimester 3 - November

    • 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).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Assessment

    Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, 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 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 applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on one their performance in:

    • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
    • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related 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 including 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 standard.

    Download our Folio-guide 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)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Cloud studies

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

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must 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 may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as Cloud (online) study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the QILT website.

    Learn more about Deakin's special entry access scheme (SEAS - a way to help boost your ATAR in some circumstances).

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2018 students (PDF, 783.5KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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

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    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.


    Portfolio Application

    When applying for this course, you must submit a portfolio of work in support of your application.

    Learn more about portfolio requirements


    Entry pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelor’s degree include: 1. Through Deakin – start the same course at a difference campus or start a related course then meet the requirements and apply to transfer, or complete and associate degree then apply for your coal course; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe or a private provider (RTOS)  – Complete one-year diploma, then apply for recognition of prior learning and your Deakin course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning

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    Disclaimers:
    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.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    Our objective is to provide photography graduates with the practical creative skills, critical awareness and confidence required to successfully establish themselves as professional contemporary image makers in artistic and commercial environments or to pursue higher level course work and research studies at a postgraduate level.

    Photo-media industries are diverse and continually evolving. Our students are successfully establishing exciting careers in a wide variety of professional imaging industries including; professional fine arts practice; commercial studios; product and fashion; self-established businesses and freelance; advertising, graphics, commercial illustration and retail industries; photo laboratory imaging and printing; documentary and evidence photography; digital imaging bureaus, image banks and film industries; community and government arts professions and photographic education.

    The programme provides a range of opportunities to pursue individual career pathways and develop a personal sense of style and autonomy as well as the ability to work in collaborative image making environments at a local and global level.  

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

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

    Communication

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

    Critical thinking

    Demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate and analyse specific texts and approaches essential to photographic history, theory and practice and demonstrate skills in critical self-assessment.

    Problem solving

    Develop skills in identifying and applying appropriate solutions to solving a range of problems within a specific context. 

    Self-management

    Demonstrate and reflect on the development of autonomy and initiative, time-management strategies and resourcefulness in planning, decision making and creative problem solving. 

    Teamwork

    Effectively contribute to the planning, coordination, management and negotiation of interpersonal and creative differences through engagement in collaborative projects to achieve a group task.

    Global citizenship

    Demonstrate an awareness of the ethical and inter-cultural issues involved in the production and interpretation of photographic practice within a local and international contexts.

    Approved by Faculty Board January 2017

     


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