BH125 - Bachelor of Arts (Photography) (Honours)

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Plan: BH125 - Bachelor of Arts (Photography) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Arts (Photography) (Honours)
Award abbreviation: BA(Photo)(Hons)
Total credit points: 96
Career: UGRD
Duration: One year Full-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Art (340H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 100301
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Photography Honours program will introduce you to research as a mode of practice-led inquiry in the multiple narratives of contemporary photography.  Intensive studio and workshop practice will develop your capacity to creatively explore photography through a critical analysis of research and practice. You will be required to attend on-campus classes throughout the delivery of the program so that you can produce high quality photographic works, with access to photographic studios, editing and printing facilities. On-campus classes will also provide opportunties for you to critique your own work and the work of others in a group setting with your lecturers and fellow students.

The program will engender you with greater self-reliance in initiating and undertaking independent research as an integral part of your professional and scholarly development.  This will prepare you for independent professional practice and with the appropriate knowledge and skills required for further studies at postgraduate level.

Successful completion of the program may provide a pathway to higher degree research and see you prepared to work nationally and internationally in the various fields that define contemporary photography.

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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

An honours degree is the most common pathway if you wish to undertake postgraduate research. Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, or other universities, including the Master of Photography (coursework), Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

If you successfully complete BH125 Bachelor of Arts (Photography) (Honours) with a GPA of 3 (out of 4) you will be guaranteed entry into MC270 Master of Photography (coursework).  For more information refer to the Articulation and Pathways of the Masters program. 

You may also be eligible for exemptions into RMIT University Postgraduate programs for successfully completing this program. If you have already developed areas of knowledge and skill included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for credit.



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Entrance requirements

You must have:

  • Successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant photographic discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.7 (out of 4.0).


A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent.

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

Selection Task

You must:

  • Complete and select a selection kit
  • attend a folio presentation

To have your professional experience you must include in your application:

  • a CV
  • a statement that details your experience
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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that accredit or require a Bachelor of Arts (Photography)(Honours) for membership.  All staff teaching in the program are photographers, artists, curators, writers and/or creative practitioners with strong links to the photographic industry both nationally and internationally. The curriculum of the program is consistently informed by consultations with an advisory committee whose membership is drawn from a wide range of photographic and creative institutions and professionals.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

RMIT offerers a range of photographic and computer equipment for use during the program, and you can complete the degree without having to purchase your own camera or computer.  Professional quality photographic printing is also available through the School of Art, and this is charged at cost prices per meter, and varies depending on the paper choice.

Expect to spend up to $1,000 per year on consumables.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world. Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

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Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
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