BP117 - Bachelor of Arts (Photography)

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Plan: BP117 - Bachelor of Arts (Photography)
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)
Award abbreviation: BArts(Photo)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Art (340H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/art
ASCED code: 100303
CRICOS code: 006593K

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Purpose of the Program

The aim of the program is for you to develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills in the discipline of photography, including an interactive combination of techniques, creative practice, and critical thinking. The program emphasises the need for a personal exploration of the underlying meaning of photographic communication.

Your learning activities will be studio-based experiences that are designed to mirror professional practice and may include discussion, brainstorming, feedback, critiquing and peer reviews.

The Photography Major Project course (VART 3599) will enable you to engage in an investigative project based on an issue relating to your areas of interest.  This is designed as a capstone experience to enable you to synthesise and integrate knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate holistic achievement of program learning outcomes.

As a graduate of this photography program, you will be a responsive and reflective professional who can work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively. This program will prepare you to respond with expertise to the demands and developments in your chosen photographic field.

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Articulation and pathways

Successful completion of RMIT's Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging guarantees entry into this program with 96 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 year full-time study).

Successful completion of RMIT's Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts guarantees entry into this program with 48 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 semester full-time study). To be eligible for guaranteed entry you must have completed the following units in the Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts:

  • VART6565C Enhance, manipulate and output photo images (CUAPHI403)  
  • VART6366C Refine digital art techniques (CUADIG508)  
  • VART6361C Realise a body of creative work (CUAPPR501)  
  • VART6380C Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level (CUAPPR606)  
  • VART6376C Originate a body of independent creative work (CUAPPR601)  
  • VART6378C Extend professional expertise across new art forms and media (CUAACD602)

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

If you successfully complete this program with a GPA of 2.0 or above, you may be eligible to continue your studies in the Bachelor of Arts (Photography) (Honours), subject to meeting the programs entry requirements

If you successfully complete this program you will be guaranteed entry into the Master of Photography with 48 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 1 semester full-time study). 


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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.

For equivalents to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country Equivalency web page on the RMIT website.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirement

A minimum of 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 requirements web page.

Selection task

All applicants must complete and submit the selection task. Some applicants may be required to attend a folio presentation.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in photography.

This program has links in both Australia and Internationally with a wide range of organisations, insititutions including the Australian Institute of Professional Photography www.aipp.com.au.


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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.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library
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 www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT 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 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT 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
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

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