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Focus on turning your interest into a career

Picture yourself as a photojournalist? Want to work in creative advertising or practice as a fine artist? Looking to earn a living through your eye for a great image? A Photography degree from Griffith will develop your artistic, academic or professional aspirations. Photography is a pervasive visual element utilised in journalism, social media, web design, cinema, fine art, fashion and advertising. Our program prepares students for a professional career, teaching you what it takes to make it as a photographer, how to get the perfect shot and giving you insights on turning a creative passion into a rewarding business.

Double degrees

Studying a double degree is a great way to increase your career options

Study photography at Griffith

Preparing you to capture the moment

Learn about the craft, processes and ethics of photography, as you establish your individual photographic style and vision. Study in a creative, collaborative environment with access to digital and analogue facilities. In your first year, you’ll develop your practical expertise and conceptual skills. Combine photographic courses, studio practice and art theory before focusing on one of these majors in your second and third years:

  • Creative advertising photography
  • Photographic art practice
  • Photojournalism and documentary practice

Practical experience

Work on projects for real clients through our LiveImage work-integrated learning program. Take up exciting work placements to build your portfolio and cultivate important industry contacts and networks. Get professional publishing experience through The Argus, a non-profit, student-run, visual journalism magazine; or join the editorial board of the Australian Photojournalist, an annual journal showcasing the works of significant journalists, writers and academics.

Partner institutions

Griffith students have access to artist residencies, exhibitions and culture exchanges, thanks to our close ties with Shandong University of Art and Design and Crane Arts Philadelphia.

Exhibitions and artist talks

Attend on-campus exhibitions, guest lectures, master classes and artist talks. Exhibit and sell your work in our Queensland College of Art galleries.

Thembi Hanify

Queensland College of Art graduate

Working in the art department of New York-based fashion label Rag & Bone, design graduate Thembi Hanify has fond memories of studying at Queensland College of Art. “I really feel like I learned so much in my time there,” she says. “My tutors were very supportive and their real-world critique and experience gave me the knowledge I needed to make the jump into the deep end that is New York.” Thembi says it was great to be part of such a diverse creative community while studying. “Interacting with students from different areas, like photography and fine art, greatly influenced my approach to visual communication,” she says.

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Study options

Degrees Campus OP rank
Bachelor of Photography South Bank 15
Bachelor of Photography with Honours South Bank
Doctor of Visual Arts South Bank
Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts South Bank
Master of Arts in Visual Arts South Bank
Master of Visual Arts South Bank

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

Scholarships

Over 400 Scholarships available

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

You’ll also be equipped with the ethical skills vital to earning trust and respect over the course of your career. You’ll be prepared to work anywhere in the world in:

  • Advertising and design
  • Fine art
  • News
  • Photojournalism
  • Documentary photography

Our graduates win international accolades for their creativity, motivation and professional approach. Many find employment in photographic sales, as technicians, in the education sector, and as freelance photographers. Others establish commercial photography or multimedia businesses. You may also have opportunities for representation with fine art galleries or be commissioned by government, non-profit or NGO/human rights sectors.

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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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