Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)
Course summary for international students
|Award granted||Bachelor of Arts (Photography)|
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)|
3 years full time
|Next available intake|
Trimester 1 (March), Trimester 2 (July), Trimester 3* (November)
* Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne)
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$24,270* AUD|
|CRICOS course code||077371C|
IELTS overall score of 6 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
|Deakin course code||A352|
|VTAC Codes||1400416233 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place|
1400516233 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
New course commenced 2013.
- Course overview
- Cloud (online) studies
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
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.
Fees and charges
Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
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 and our students are successfully establishing exciting careers in a wide variety of professional imaging industries including:
- Professional Fine arts industries
- Professional commercial studios including portraiture, 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 industries, image banks and film industries
- Community and government arts industries
- Photographic education
The programme provides a depth 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 My Course My Career
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography) a student must complete 24 credit points including:
- 15 credit points of core units
- 9 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
|ACC100||Communication in Everyday Life|
|ACI102||Pixel to Print: Digital Imaging 1|
|ACI103||Thinking Photography: History, Theory and Cultural Context|
|ACC101||Creativity and Dangerous Ideas|
|ACC200||Freelancing in the Arts|
|ACI205||Lighting Design 1: Natural and Artificial Lighting (commencing 2016)|
|ACI202||Advanced Digital Imaging|
|ACI302||Lighting Design 2|
|ACI303||New Worlds: Intersections of Art and Science|
For students who commenced prior to 2014:
|ACC316||Collaborative Major Creative Project (2 credit points) (final year of offer 2015)|
Otherwise for students who commenced from 2014:
|ACI301||Shifting Focus: Experimental Photography and Creative Practice|
|ACI304||Folio and Professional Presentation (commencing 2016)|
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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
Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.
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/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php
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
- Applicant Portal: Use our online application system to submit and track your application now OR
- Apply through a Deakin International office: Fill out an application form and submit it to a Deakin International office OR
- Apply through a Deakin representative: Take your application form to your preferred agent for assistance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Course Information
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.
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts Student Services.