Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)

Course summary for local students


2017 course information

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3*)

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

* Trimester 3 Burwood (Melbourne)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$6,456 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100

CRICOS course code077371C
VTAC Codes1400416231 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400516231 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code A352

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.  

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Career opportunities

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 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 and 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

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

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.  In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.  For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

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; and presentation of a portfolio of work to a satisfactory standard. Please click here for more information relating to the folio submission. To submit the folio, please go to:

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

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

To see if this course is taking applications, check our Trimester 3 webpage. Applications for Trimester 3 are made directly to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Exceptions to submitting a VTAC application

If you are:

  • not studying Year 12 in 2016 and only intend to apply to one institution for one course (which is Deakin), or
  • applying for a Deakin course, which is not listed on the VTAC website.

a direct application can be submitted to Deakin through our Applicant Portal.