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Develop your artistic, academic, or professional aspirations with a photography degree from Griffith. Photography strongly influences the ways we express ourselves, how we perceive the world, and the forming of public opinion. This degree prepares students for a professional career in photography, providing you with the skills and knowledge to turn your creative passion into a rewarding business.
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 in-depth 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.
Choose from the following Photography majors:
- Documentary Photography
Develops critical thinking and practical skills to navigate the complex and dynamic landscapes of journalism, visual communication and social justice organisations. Versed in the traditional story-telling methodologies of photojournalism, you will expand your visual narrative repertoire into video, multimedia, publishing and transmedia storytelling.
- Photographic Art Practice
Encourages you to recognise, reflect and represent your world through lens-based media. With a focus on contemporary art discourses you will refine visual strategies through active research methodologies and discipline to produce unique outcomes.
- Advertising Photography
Challenges current trends and the status quo, cultivating a future ready ‘creative’ who is not only technically proficient and capable of adapting to new technologies but is also ethically, socially and culturally conscious. You will emerge with confidence to work as an innovative photographer within the broadening landscape of the advertising and commercial industries.
Lay the foundation for success
In your first year, you’ll combine photographic courses, studio practice and art theory. In your second and third years, you’ll focus on your chosen major and have 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.
We provide the opportunity for students to take up exciting work placements to build their portfolio and cultivate important industry networks. We also offer professional publishing experience through The Argus, a non-profit, student-run, visual journalism magazine; or learn about professional photographic-quality printing through our LiveImage commercial arm. Students gain credit towards their degree while enjoying exciting cultural experiences and advancing professional skills on one of our many international photography study tours.
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.
The Bachelor of Photography/Bachelor of Business double degree enables you to refine your photography craft and artistic vision along with developing practical business skills. You’ll develop core competencies such as critical and analytical thinking, business communication and decision-making. Gain skills in the practice of photography and learn how to effectively and efficiently manage creative ventures from a business perspective.
Bachelor of Photography
Griffith photography, film and journalism students traveled 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.”
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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Nine students net New Colombo Plan Scholarships
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Art lecturer wins top honours at national awards