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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.

Elise Searson

For Elise Searson, studying at the Queensland College of Art has guided her from ‘just taking photos’ to becoming passionate about making stories through mixed media. During her studies, Elise documented the life of Karen New who has suffered from chronic Lyme disease for 25 years — a disease some medical professionals say is non-existent in Australia. She even followed Karen on her journey to Malaysia for radical hyperthermia treatment as a last ditch attempt at a cure. What followed was a confronting yet moving experience; one Elise says will stay with her for many years to come.

Elise Searson

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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

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 non-governmental organisations and 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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April 19, 2017

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Monday 27 February — Saturday 17 June

Trimester 1 (International)

From 2017, we’ll be teaching across three trimesters, rather than two semesters, with our first trimester starting on Monday 27 February.

Monday 27 February — Friday 26 May

Trimester 1

From 2017, we’ll be teaching across three trimesters, rather than two semesters, with our first trimester kicking off on Monday 27 February.

Tuesday 16 May — Wednesday 26 April

Discover Griffith – Nathan campus

Join us at our Nathan campus for a fun and informative day with family and friends. You’ll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a student ambassador, hear from program staff about your preferred degree and chat with our recruitment team about entry requirements and pathways to Griffith.

Monday 22 May — Friday 26 May

Q&A Sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.

Monday 3 July — Saturday 14 October

Trimester 2 (International)

Our second trimester runs from Monday 3 July to Saturday 14 October 2017.

Monday 3 July — Friday 22 September

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester for 2017 runs from Monday 3 July to Friday 22 September.

Tuesday 4 July — Wednesday 5 July

Twilight Tours - Gold Coast & Nathan

Tour our Gold Coast or Nathan campus with a current Griffith student. Get a feel for what studying at Griffith is like, see our facilities, and learn the best spots on campus for study, great food and fun activities. You’ll also have the chance to chat to a current student about your preferred degree and their Griffith experience. Find out more.

Sunday 23 July — Wednesday 26 April

Open Day

Visit our Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses at Open Day to find out about student life and discover what's possible at Griffith.