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Develop your artistic, academic or professional aspirations with a photography degree from Griffith. Photography strongly influences the way we express ourselves, how we perceive the world, and the forming of public opinion. Our degree prepares students for a professional career, teaching you what it takes to make it as a photographer, and how to turn your creative passion 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 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.

Practical experience

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 learn about professional photographic-quality printing through our LiveImage commercial arm. You can also gain credit towards your degree while enjoying exciting cultural experiences and advancing your professional skills on one of our many international photography study tours.

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.

5-Star Rated

Creative Arts at Griffith is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Navinn Nava, Photography graduate

Navinn Nava is known for stunning images that pack a powerful one-two punch. His pictures take the viewer inside a technicolour dreamscape saturated with candy-colours. While they may look like slick advertising images, a closer inspection reveals a sharp-eyed commentary about issues like gender and capitalism.

Navinn grew up in Singapore and moved to Australia to study at Griffith. He says his distinctive style was shaped during his studies at QCA, where he majored in Advertising Photography.

'The teachers at the QCA are amazing, and they really encouraged us to reach our full potential creatively.”

Study options

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Scholarships

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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 including:

  • The arts
  • Film and communication industries
  • Advertising and Design
  • Fashion
  • Commercial advertising
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Non-government agencies
  • Consultancy and policy-development roles
  • Education
  • Research

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Monday 28 October — Saturday 15 February

Trimester 3: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Monday 3 February to Saturday 15 February.

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Tuesday 28 January — Thursday 30 January

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Monday 17 February — Friday 21 February

Trimester 1: Orientation

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Monday 24 February — Monday 24 February

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Friday 8 May — Saturday 9 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

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Thursday 21 May — Thursday 21 May

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

Trimester 2: Orientation

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

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Saturday 12 December — Thursday 17 December

Explore your options

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