Bachelor of Arts - Photography
Established in 1887, the Bachelor of Arts (Photography) is the oldest continuous running photography program in the world and has earned an enviable reputation. The program delivers contemporary commercial skills to its students from the finest commercial photographers and respected academics in Australia.
The school is housed in ultra-modern facilities right in the heart of Melbourne. With generous studio facilities, modern lecture theatres and state-of-the-art Apple Macintosh computer labs, you will experience cutting-edge education in this vibrant and multicultural city.
Photography at RMIT produces professional image-makers of the highest calibre and emphasises the need for creative thinking and a personal exploration of the underlying meaning of photographic image making. Through practical, theoretical and conceptual investigations you will develop a range of skills relevant to the diversifying creative and commercial photographic industries.
The Bachelor of Arts (Photography) has connections with universities in the USA and Europe and many students spend one semester in second year studying abroad.
Within this degree all studio/practice-based courses simulate workplace practices, and tutorials help you to develop key workplace skills and knowledge. Industry relevance is a key distinguishing factor, whereby generic skills and theoretical understanding are combined. Industry guest speakers are included in second and third year. Professional photographers mentor final year students and graduate folios are assessed by a panel that includes two or more relevant industry practitioners. Industry also engages with RMIT students by offering exclusive high-profile competitions.
Please Note: part-time study is not available to international students.
Three years full-time.
Graduates of the following programs may be eligible to apply for exemptions:
- Diploma of Photoimaging (RMIT TAFE)
- Advanced Diploma of Photography (Photography Studies College (PSC))
The photography degree prepares students for a range of career options in photography. Recent graduates are working in a number of photographic industries, including advertising, fashion, editorial photography, libraries, museums, galleries, education units, film and TV, video production, research, medical research, manufacturing industries, secondary school teaching, TAFE teaching and university lecturing. Opportunities exist as curators, artists, digital production consultants, colour management specialists, workflow consultants, professional photographers and imaging specialists.
The range of options for graduates is so broad that you will be encouraged to consider these during your final year of study to ensure you are prepared for a career in photography. Graduates are also encouraged and assisted in seeking international experience
Important fees information:
- Program fees are based upon an annual, standard, full time load and normal progression (unless otherwise stated). Pro rata fees apply to non-standard loads.
- Program fees are held constant for one calendar year only. RMIT guarantees any increase will not exceed 7.5% per annum in future years.
- Students are liable for program fee increases at the beginning of each calendar year, regardless of their commencement date.
The first year of study enables you to gain a solid grounding in core photographic techniques, materials, concepts, theories and processes. In second year you will choose from a broad range of photographic specialist courses and student electives, and in your third year you are able to work autonomously, developing your own ideas, and will be required to form industry liaisons.
There is a wide variety of study options and specialisations on offer in the program, and you are encouraged to pursue your interests throughout the degree. The range of options explored includes advertising, architecture, digital imaging, documentary, editorial, fashion, food, science, photojournalism, portraiture and product photography. An investigation into the cultures of photography is offered at all year levels, and forms the basis for developing an understanding of where your own practice will be situated within the broadening culture of local, national and international photographic interests.
Classes are taught in a combination of lectures, seminar, tutorial, workshop, practical and laboratory sessions.
Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester and may include examinations, essays/reports, oral class presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
All staff in photography at RMIT have an established background within their particular area of specialisation. Core staff are active in the profession through research projects, book publishing and exhibitions. Professional photographers are engaged as part-time teaching staff. Additional specialist professionals are invited as visiting lecturers or to run workshops.
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Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.