Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)

Course summary for international students


2017 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo

3 years full time

Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3*)

2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3*)

* Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$28,624 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code077371C
English language requirements

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

Deakin course code A352
VTAC Codes1400416233 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400516233 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course 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.

Cloud (online) 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.


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.  


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


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 rules

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

Course structure

Level 1

Course map 

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas

ACI101Still Images

ACI102Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1

ACI103Thinking Photography: History, Theory and Cultural Context

Plus 3 Electives

Level 2

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts

ACI201Alternative Imaging

ACI202Advanced Digital Imaging

ACI203Photographic Practice

ACI204Contemporary Photography

ACI205Lighting Design 1: Natural and Artificial Lighting

Plus 2 Electives

Level 3

ACI301Shifting Focus: Experimental Photography and Creative Practice

ACI302Lighting Design 2

ACI303New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science

ACI304Folio and Professional Presentation (2 credit points)

Plus 3 Electives

Entry requirements - general

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 requirements - specific

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.

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

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)

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Folio Requirement 
All applicants must present a portfolio of work to a satisfactory standard. For further information see Photography folio entry details.

Application Procedure

Tracking your application 
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied. 

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact