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.

Access world-class, purpose-built facilities

Become job ready with access to industry placements

Practise your craft on an international study tour

Key facts

ATAR

Burwood:
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Waterfront:
RC?
Lowest selection rank

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Very late VTAC entry closes 4 December 2020 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

Deakin’s Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography) combines practical skills development through access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, with knowledge of photographic history and theory of documentation, illusion, communication and artistic expression. 

Be immersed through a variety of learning experiences including lectures, tutorials, online materials, studio workshops, fieldwork, guest speakers, gallery visits, collaborative projects, student exhibitions and industry internships, and gain direct access to leaders in the field. 

You’ll experiment with creative approaches to develop fine art and commercial photography skills with an emphasis on achieving high levels of production. Core studies are complemented by work with digital technologies and other creative arts disciplines, ensuring you develop your individual voice and graduate confident for a professional career in photography. 

Do you want to use cutting-edge equipment to explore your creativity, while learning from the best in the industry? 

Through this course, you’ll study photography as a 21st century tool for connectivity. Accessing professional-grade facilities and equipment, you’ll develop skills in:

  • chemical and digital imaging
  • portfolio creation
  • project management
  • visual communication
  • experimental practices
  • exhibition and online collaboration.

Our experienced industry 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 group projects.

Guest speakers and professional practitioner presentations are a regular feature within this course and students also undertake fieldwork, industry visits and exhibitions of their own works.

Learn about the history, theory and culture of photography, and sharpen your skills through studying still and digital images, lighting design and photographic practice.

Get hands-on experience by exhibiting and showcasing your work in Deakin’s own gallery spaces, as well as through participating in external festivals, exhibitions and award programs.

Through a range of international study tours and work placement opportunities, you can gain study credits plus real-world experience. Our work-integrated learning opportunities give you a chance to build your portfolio and create valuable industry networks.

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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:

  • 8 common core units (totalling 12 credit points)
  • 4 Photography discipline units
  • 2 course electives
  • 6 electives
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • A minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

18

Core units

6

Elective units

24

Total

Core units

  • Introductory Creative Studio 1A
  • Introductory Creative Studio 1B
  • Creative Studio 2A (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 2B (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 3A (2 credit points)
  • Creative Studio 3B (2 credit points)
  • Creative Careers and Contexts
  • Exhibition and Performance
  • Photography discipline units

  • Analogue Photography
  • Digital Photography
  • Photographic Storytelling
  • Photographic Lighting
  • Course Electives

    Complete two 1 credit point units from the following course electives List A:

  • Dance and Screens
  • Exploring Dance Styles From Hip Hop to Bollywood
  • Improvisation in Movement and Dance
  • Dance Beyond the Studio
  • Painting in the Visual Arts
  • Digital Practices and the Visual Arts
  • Drawing and the Body in Visual Arts
  • Modelling and the Visual Arts
  • Acting Studio
  • Improvisation in Drama and Performance
  • Dramatic Plot, Story, Character and Theme for Performance
  • Theatre and Creative Technologies
  • Electives

    Complete six electives, of which at least two 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 Creative Arts: (Dance, Drama, Visual Arts), Bachelor of Design: (Visual Communication, Digital Technologies, 3D Animation) or Bachelor of Arts programs.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography)
    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400416231 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400516231 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    A352
    CRICOS code?
    077371C
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications 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

    Assessment

    Assessment takes place at the unit level and has been designed to ensure successful attainment of all the Course Learning Outcomes and corresponding Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes over the duration of the course.

    Course duration - additional information

    Typically 150-hours of learning and assessment activities per Deakin credit point.

    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

    Work-integrated learning opportunities are embedded through the Bachelor of Creative Arts programs with real client briefs, opportunities for client and industry engagement and professional practice. These may be discipline specific or may introduce students to other opportunities in the diverse field of creative arts. This level of engagement occurs at first, second and third year and is core to the course. In particular we have a Creative Careers and Contexts and Exhibition and Performance units where students meet industry practitioners, visit creative industry workplaces, organise and promote a festival of exhibitions and performances and learn the appropriate practical, administrative, marketing and self-management skills required to launch and maintain their careers as creative artists in their chosen discipline. Student will develop a career development strategy that can be used to demonstrate the essential skills and knowledge for a future job application, successful pitch for funding or, development of a self-run project.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    Selection will be based on your performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.

    Folio and folio presentation

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Higher education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Folio and folio presentation

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

    STAT Multiple Choice

    The STAT Multiple Choice test must be completed if the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or has not undertaken any tertiary study within the last five years. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET education experience

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Folio and folio presentation

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

    STAT Multiple Choice

    The STAT Multiple Choice test must be completed if the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or has not undertaken any tertiary study within the last five years. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Folio and folio presentation

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

    STAT Multiple Choice

    The STAT Multiple Choice test must be completed if the applicant has not completed Year 12 (or equivalent) or has not undertaken any tertiary study within the last five years. Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    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 ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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. 

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

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    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 Recognition of 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.

    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

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students.

    Apply to VTAC after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
    • applicants with work and life experience
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

      Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    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

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Photography) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Learn from industry leaders with invaluable experience in the field

    Access key organisations and industry professionals

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    Show your work in our gallery spaces and at external exhibitions and festivals

    Career outcomes

    Photography graduates are equipped to pursue careers as professional practitioners throughout the arts and commercial sectors. Our graduates have moved into career opportunities in roles and fields like:

    • independent fine arts practitioner
    • event and sports photographer
    • commercial portraiture
    • fashion or product photographer
    • community-based arts
    • gallery director or assistant.

    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

    Interpret and apply conceptual, theoretical and technical skills in the analysis and presentation of a range of creative outcomes.

    Communication

    Critically employ a variety of mediums, methods and techniques to present ideas and practical work.
    Digital literacy Critically evaluate, manipulate and apply a range of information technologies, digital tools, devices and environments to support and develop creative processes.

    Critical thinking

    Analyse and synthesize research materials across a diversity of sources and mediums to generate original and diverse creative work.

    Problem solving

    Apply theoretical and practical knowledge to generate and express solutions to creative arts problems

    Self-management

    Develop, manage and critically reflect upon the production and presentation of creative works in accordance with industry standards and personal learning goals.

    Teamwork

    Contribute in a constructive and respectful way to the collaborative production of creative outcomes.

    Global citizenship

    Engage critically, respectfully and with self-awareness when working within diverse social and cultural contexts in creative arts practice.

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