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Focus on turning your interest into a career

Photography strongly influences the ways we express ourselves, how we perceive the world, and the forming of public opinion. A degree in Visual Arts prepares students for a professional career, providing you with the skills and knowledge to turn your creative photographic talents into a rewarding business.

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Study photography at Griffith

Interrogate and challenge the meaning of the image, notions of authorship, and the medium itself, through speculative, innovative and informed practice.

Led by internationally recognised experts in the fields of lens-based practice, curatorial practice and critical theory, students will receive a grounding in historical and current lens-based practices (still and moving images), complemented by an exploration of the philosophical underpinnings of the medium and the subjects it addresses.

Study in a creative and collaborative environment with access to cutting-edge facilities. You’ll engage in learning activities that are structured to develop your own critical understandings of photography’s dynamic role in influencing the world around us, and you’ll gain insights around harnessing that knowledge to shape and enhance your own individual practice.

Lay the foundation for success

As a major in the Bachelor of Visual Arts, your photography studies provide the opportunity for in-field study in a variety of locations.

We’re proud to deliver an outstanding education that supports our students in facing the future with confidence, competence and the knowledge and skills to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

Practical experience

Take up exciting work placements to build your portfolio and cultivate important industry contacts and networks and learn about professional photographic-quality printing through our LiveImage commercial arm. You can also gain credit towards your Visual Arts degree while enjoying exciting cultural experiences and advancing your professional skills on an international study tour.

Exhibitions and artist talks

Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to attend on-campus exhibitions, guest lectures, master classes and artist talks. You will also have the chance to exhibit and sell your work in our Queensland College of Art galleries.

Double degree

The Bachelor of Visual Arts/Bachelor of Business double degree enables you to refine your creative craft and artistic vision along with developing practical business skills. You’ll graduate with core competencies such as critical and analytical thinking, business communication and decision-making. Gain skills in your chosen practice and learn how to effectively and efficiently manage creative ventures from a business perspective.

Joshua Prieto

Bachelor of Photography

Griffith photography, film and journalism students travelled to Cambodia, spending time on assignment with local NGOs to capture some of the country’s untold stories. Photography student Joshua Prieto has embraced the global mobility opportunities offered by Griffith, also travelling to Nepal and touring western Queensland to further his education outside the classroom. He relished the opportunity to get off the tourist trail and delve deeper into life in Cambodia.

“Travel forces you to push yourself outside your comfort zone. My technical skills improved out of sight, and it was amazing to be working side by side with journalism students and filmmakers from Griffith Film School.”

“Seeing the amazing work the NGOs do in Cambodia, and the bravery and grace of the people there was a life changing experience. It confirmed my decision to pursue photojournalism after graduation.”

Bleach festival

Three-year partnership with Bleach* Festival to provide extensive practical experience to Griffith students from 2019

Career outcomes

Graduate with essential skills and industry connections

As a Griffith photography graduate, you'll know how to use visual media in all its forms

This is the beginning of your journey. Our graduates win international accolades for their creativity, motivation and professional approach, but the key to graduate success is applying the transferable skills and knowledge gained at Griffith to an ever-widening scope of professions; from the traditional fields of arts, film and communication industries, commercial advertising, and entrepreneurship, to positions with non-government agencies, consultancy and policy-development roles, education and research.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Monday 8 March — Saturday 19 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 8 March 2021 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 June.

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Thursday 29 April — Thursday 29 April

Year 11 and 12 Parent and Student Information Webinar


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Thursday 6 May — Saturday 8 May

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival

Tuesday 18 May — Tuesday 18 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

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Wednesday 19 May — Wednesday 19 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

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Thursday 20 May — Thursday 20 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

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Friday 21 May — Saturday 22 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Saturday 17 July — Sunday 18 July


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Monday 19 July — Saturday 30 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 19 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 21 to Saturday 30 October.

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Tuesday 20 July — Tuesday 20 July

Sunshine Coast Careers and Employment Expo

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Friday 23 July — Sunday 25 July

Melbourne Careers and Employment Expo

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

Open Day

Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses

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Thursday 26 August — Thursday 26 August

Year 9 and 10 Parent and Student Information Webinar


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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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