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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.

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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

Take advantage of a wide range of learning and cultural exchanges through our close ties with an increasing array of international partner institutions, including Beijing Normal University, California State University, University of Edinburgh, Shandong University of Art and Design, James Fraser University, and Korea’s KAIST Centre for Creative Entrepreneurs.

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.

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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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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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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Key dates

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Monday 5 February — Friday 21 December

Ongoing 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 admission pathways to university.   Find out more

Thursday 21 June — Thursday 21 June

Discover Griffith - Gold Coast campus

Join us at our Gold Coast 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 admission pathways to Griffith. Find out more

Saturday 21 July — Sunday 22 July

TSXPO (Tertiary Studies Expo)

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Tertiary Studies Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Tuesday 24 July — Thursday 21 June

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers and Employment Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Monday 6 August — Thursday 21 June

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Sunday 12 August — Sunday 12 August

OPEN DAY - Nathan, Gold Coast and South Bank campuses

Discover what's possible at Griffith at Open Day. Visit our Gold Coast, Nathan or South Bank campus to attend information sessions and activities, chat with academics about your preferred degree, find out about services and support, and tour our campuses. Find out more

Monday 17 September — Friday 28 September

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 admission pathways to university.   Find out more

Tuesday 13 November — Thursday 21 June

Mature Student Open Evening - South Bank campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about admission pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students. Find out more

Thursday 15 November — Thursday 21 June

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about admission pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students. Find out more

Saturday 15 December — Thursday 20 December

Explore Your Options - Online

Chat online with our expert study advisers after you have received your entry score, to discuss your study options. Find out about admission pathways, entry requirements and program options, plus what you can do if your OP or ATAR score was higher or lower than expected.

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