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Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography)

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Do you aspire to turn your passion for photography into a business or career?
 
With CSU's Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography), you can make it happen.

Taught by dedicated educators with extensive experience and close industry ties, the course deals with all aspects of photo-practice and techniques, from fine art and photo documentation through to advertising and commercial photography. Photo-techniques from analogue to the latest digital imaging are also covered.

Graduates of this course will have a well-developed aesthetic sense, strong visual problem solving skills and be technically well equipped to produce innovative, exciting and questioning photo-based work.

Available for full-time, part-time or online study, CSU’s course is delivered with flexibility in mind, allowing you to study while at the same time meeting your work and lifestyle commitments.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s highly regarded Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography) offers an integrated program combining subjects which provide foundational and contextual knowledge and skills with specialised studies in photography.

    Three-quarters of the degree is made up of specialist photography subjects. A minor or elective sequence adds breadth, enabling you to select subjects from another specialisation or discipline area. Minor studies can be chosen from areas such as:

    • acting
    • advertising
    • art history
    • animation and visual effects
    • design for theatre and television
    • graphic design
    • image making and illustration
    • sound
    • television production.
    The program finishes with a professional capstone subject, ensuring you are confident and job-ready when you graduate.
    Latest facilities
    To give you extensive experience using the equipment and techniques found in the workplace, CSU’s facilities include:
    • digital photography facilities
    • digital imaging labs
    • analogue dark rooms
    • lighting studios
    • public gallery space.

    Experience our campus

    If you would like to see more of the great facilities and meet some of the academic staff in Communication and Creative Industries at CSU, you can book a course consultation. To organise your consultation, visit our booking page.

    You can also book a general tour of the campus where you would be studying.

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  • Career opportunities

    After you graduate, you may work professionally as a photographer in areas such as:

    • commercial, advertising, corporate and industrial either for professional studios or freelance
    • fine art exhibition and installation
    • media outlets such as magazines and newspapers on either a freelance or an editorial basis
    • galleries, museums and government.

  • Subjects

    Please note: this course offers a number of specialisations detailed in the course structure below. You will only need to complete the subjects relevant to your chosen specialisation in addition to core foundation subjects.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design
    Exit point only

    To exit with an Associate Degree students must satisfactorily complete 128 points to graduate. Of these, 56 points are allocated to core studies, 48 points will be allocated a discipline specialisation (under CSU policy students can not be awarded an Associate Degree with a specialisation noted), and 24 points allocated to an elective study strand of the student’s choice from offerings within the School of Communication & Creative Industries (or externally by approval of the Course Director).

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (specialisation)

    To graduate with a Bachelor degree students must satisfactorily complete 192 subject points.

    Core subjects = 72 points
    Specialisation = 64 points
    Capstone subject = 24 points
    Minor subjects = 32 points

    To  graduate with a double specialisation students must satisfactorily complete 256 subject points.

    Core subjects = 72 points
    2 x Specialisation = 128 points
    Capstone subject = 24 points
    Minor subjects = 32 points

    Capstone subject
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    VPA320 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points) - double specialisation dual subject
    (For students undertaking the integrated program with Riverina Insitute of TAFE and students who enter the program with a completed Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts, CCI300 is included in CCI02C Credit Package 2 - TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts)

    Minor/elective sequence (32 points)
    Students may study four minor/elective subjects selected from within the School of Communication and Creative Industries or four minor/elective subjects offered by another school within the University, with the Course Director’s approval.

    Enrolment pattern

    Animation specialisation
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of  Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    VFX101 Introduction to Animation
    VFX105 3D Modelling and Rendering
    COM111 Professional Writing
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    VFX205 Digital Compositing
    VFX106 3D Animation
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    VFX220 Interactive animation
    VFX206 Special Effects
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    Minor

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    VFX301 Production Project (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

     

    Art History specialisation
    Year 1 - Session 1

    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    ART114 Modern Art 1920 - 1970
    ART215 Australian Art from 1939
    COM111 Professional Writing
    Elective

    Year 2 - Session 1
    ART113 European Art 1850 - 1920
    ART315 Perspectives in Photography or ART317 Art and Books or ART210 Australian Art to 1939
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    Elective

    Year 2 - Session 2
    ART310 Issues in Contemporary Art
    VIS102 History of Photography or ART223 Australian Aboriginal Art or ART316 Italian Renaissance Art
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for the Creative Industries
    Elective

    Students my elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    VPA315 Portfolio (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    Elective

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

     

    Environment Art specialisation
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS 101 Visual Communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    GRP225 Experimental Design
    ART223 Australian Aboriginal Art
    COM111 Professional Writing
    Elective

    Year 2 - Session 1
    VPA211 Materials and Image Development
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    Elective

    Year 2 - Session 2
    VPA212 Materials and Image Research
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Techniques
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    Elective

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    VPA315 Portfolio (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    Elective

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Environmental Art - part-time
    Year 1 - Session 1

    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging

    Year 1 - Session 2
    GRP225 Experimental Design
    ART223 Australian Aboriginal Art

    Year 2 - Session 1
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 2 - Session 2
    COM111 Professional Writing
    Minor / Elective

    Year 3 - Session 1
    VPA211 Materials and Image Development
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 3 - Session 2
    VPA212 Materials and Image Research
    Minor / Elective

    Year 4 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    Minor / Elective

    Year 4 - Session 2
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Techniques
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 5 - Session 1
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    Minor / Elective

    Year 5 - Session 2
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Year 6 - Session 1
    VPA315 Portfolio (16 points)

    Year 6 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)

     

    Fine Arts Specialisation (Integrated Program)
    Year 1 - Session 1
    TAFE Diploma of Visual Art commences
    No CSU subjects

    Year 1 - Session 2
    TAFE Diploma of Visual Art concludes
    ART215 Australian Art from 1939
    COM111 Professional writing

    Year 2 - Session 1
    TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual Art commences
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VPA104  Introduction to Digital Imaging

    Year 2 - Session 2
    TAFE Advanced Diploma of Visual Art concludes
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 1
    ART113 European Art 1850-1920
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture
    Minor
    Minor

     

    Graphic Design Specialisation
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    GRP117 Graphic Design Theory, Context and Practice
    VPA105 Typography and Publishing
    COM111 Professional Writing
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    GRP223 Strategic Thinking in Design
    GRP224 Identity and Branding
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    GRP225 Experimental Design
    GRP209 Design for Communication
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    Minor

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    GRP322 Professional Graphic Design Practice (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

     

    Photography Specialisation
    Year 1 - Session 1

    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    PHT115 Black and White Analogue Photography
    PHT116 Introduction to Digital Photography
    COM111 Professional Writing
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    PHT221 Digital Photography Studio
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    PHT222 Photomedia Studio
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Techniques
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    Minor

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    PHT321 Photography Practice and Research (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Photography Specialisation - part-time
    Year 1 - Session 1

    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging

    Year 1 - Session 2
    PHT115 Black and White Analogue Photography
    PHT116 Introduction to Digital Photography

    Year 2 - Session 1
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 2 - Session 2
    COM111 Professional Writing
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 1
    PHT221 Digital Photography Studio
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 3 - Session 2
    PHT222 Photomedia Studio
    Minor

    Year 4 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries

    Year 4 - Session 2
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Techniques
    Minor

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 5 - Session 1
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    Minor

    Year 5 - Session 2
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Year 6 - Session 1
    PHT321 Photography Practice and Research (16 points)

    Year 6 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)

     

    Sound Design specialisation
    Year 1 - Session 1

    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    VPA106 Introduction to Sound Production
    VPA111 Live Studio Collaboration or VFX105 3D Modelling and Rendering or COM112 Digital Media or GRP225 Experimental Design
    COM111 Professional Writing
    Elective

    Year 2 - Session 1
    VPA216 Interactive Sound and Space
    TVP203 Television Post Production
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities.
    Elective

    Year 2 - Session 2
    VPA213 Music Technology
    VPA215 Broadcast Sound
    ETH205 Ethics and Law in the Creative Industry
    Elective

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    VPA315 Design Portfolio (16 points)
    COM220 Script Analysis and Interpretation
    Elective

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

     

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104  Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    COM111 Professional Writing
    [      ] Specialisation
    [      ] Specialisation
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 1
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities
    [ ] Specialisation
    [ ] Specialisation
    Minor

    Year 2 - Session 2
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries
    [ ] Specialisation
    [ ] Specialisation
    Minor

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    [ ]Specialisation (16 points)
    Minor

    Year 3 - Session 2
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)

     

    Photography / Graphic Design
    Year 1 - Session 1
    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design 1
    VPA104  Introduction to Digital Imaging
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 1 - Session 2
    PHT115 Black and White Analogue Photography
    PHT116 Introduction to Digital Imaging
    GRP117 Graphic Design, Theory, Context and Practice
    VPA105 Typography and Publishing

    Year 2 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    PHT221 Digital Photography Studio
    GRP223 Strategic Thinking in Design
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 2 - Session 2
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Techniques
    PHT222 Photomedia Studio
    GRP209 Design for Communication
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 3 - Session 1
    PHT321 Photography Practice and Research (16 points)
    GRP224 Identity and Branding
    COM111 Professional Writing

    Year 3 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    GRP225 Experimental Design

    Year 4 - Session 1
    GRP322 Professional Graphic Design Practice (16 points)
    ART304 Aspects of Design
    Minor

    Year 4 - Session 2
    VPA320 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Photography / Graphic Design - part-time
    Year 1 - Session 1

    VPA101 Fundamentals of Design
    VPA104 Introduction to Digital Imaging

    Year 1 - Session 2
    PHT115 Black and White Analogue Photography
    PHT116 Introduction to Digital Photography

    Year 2 - Session 1
    CCI100 Introduction to Media Production
    VIS101 Visual Communication

    Year 2 - Session 2
    GRP117 Graphic Design Theory, Context and Practice
    VPA105 Typography and Publishing

    Year 3 - Session 1
    PHT221 Digital Photography Studio
    IKC101 Indigenous Cultures, Histories and Contemporary Realities

    Year 3 - Session 2
    PHT222 Photomedia Studio
    ETH205 Ethics and Law for Creative Industries

    Year 4 - Session 1
    PHT220 Photo Imaging
    COM111 Professional Writing

    Year 4 - Session 2
    PHT203 Imaging Theories and Technqiues
    ART222 Art, Technology and Culture

    Year 5 - Session 1
    GRP224 Identity and Branding
    ART304 Aspects of Design

    Year 5 - Session 2
    GRP225 Experimental Design
    Minor / Elective

    Year 6 - Session 1
    GRP223 Strategic Thinking in Design

    Year 6 - Session 2
    GRP209 Design for Communication

    Students may elect to exit with an Associate Degree in Creative Arts and Design

    Year 7 - Session 1
    PHT321 Photography Practice and Research (16 points)

    Year 7 - Session 2
    CCI300 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)

    Year 8 - Session 1
    GRP322 (16 points)

    Year 8 - Session 2
    VPA320 Professional Practice in Communication and Creative Industries (24 points)
     

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    6500

    There are no specific admission requirements for this course.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYYNIAPH
    UACDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYNEAPH
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYN211764
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYYNKAPH

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Successful completion of 192 points for:

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Animation and Visual Effects)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Art History)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Environmental Art)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Fine Arts)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Graphic Design)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography)
    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Sound Design)

    Successful completion of 256 points for:

    Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Photography/Graphic Design)

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

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    CRICOS Code(s)

    025517J (Wagga Wagga)

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  • About the School
    School of Communication and Creative Industries

    CSU’s School of Communication and Creative Industries have built a hub for innovative storytellers who want to make a difference. Based on Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga campuses, the School has an emphasis on cross-disciplinary collaboration created through a unique balance of practical production and theoretical foundation. CSU’s courses are delivered in authentic industry settings including our state-of-the-art television studio, radio station, newsroom, performance theatres, exhibition spaces and animation and visual effects facilities. Our students gain a competitive advantage in industry through practical learning, internships and other invaluable networking opportunities.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
    • SSS033 - Transition from TAFE / VET to University (F2F Workshop)
    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS024 Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (Intended primarily for International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 Academic Writing Skills (FACE TO FACE WORKSHOP ONLY)
    • SSS034 Essay Writing – Style and Structure
    • SSS035 Critical Thinking
    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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