Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)

Course summary for international students


2016 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No

3 years full time

Next available intake

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

* Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$27,520 AUD
IELTS Requirement

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
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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 analog/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 the student’s individual potential.  

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 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

Core units

Level 1

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


Course map 

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).
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