MC270 - Master of Photography

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Plan: MC270 - Master of Photography
Campus: City Campus

Overview

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: Master of Photography
Award abbreviation: MPhoto
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years Full-time, 4 years Part-time.
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Art (340H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/art
ASCED code: 100301
CRICOS code: 096091J

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Photography is a postgraduate professional practice degree specialising in photography.   We recognise the broad definition of photography as a lens-based, technologically determined medium, open to a variety of applications and creative expressions. In this program you will explore photography through a combination of practice and theory, offering a rigorous and dynamic environment through which to realise your creative ambitions.

Through studio based learning and independent research, you will develop skills to enable a thorough and complex investigation of contemporary photography.  You will have access to a creative environment facilitated by hands-on practical experience, one-on-one academic guidance, and the support of a community of peers. 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 opportunities for you to critique your own work and the work of others in a group setting with your lecturers and fellow students.

The program is designed to meet the needs of candidates from diverse backgrounds and age groups, including professional photographers, artists, creative industry professionals, students graduating directly from undergraduate study and photographers returning to postgraduate study to advance their conceptual and creative skills and enliven their practice.  You will engage with your peers to develop critical networks that encourage and provide insight and support for each other’s photographic practice.

The capstone experience of this program is a self-initiated, major photographic project appropriately presented for critical review and assessment, through a publically presented exhibition or outcome.

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

Masters Exemptions

If you have gained one of the following qualifications in photography you will be eligible for masters exemptions relevant to your qualification level as stated in the table below. Please note that exemptions granted towards masters cannot be transferred to an exit award such as a graduate certificate or graduate diploma.

If you have any questions about your masters exemptions eligibility, please enquire through Info Corner on +61 3 9925 2260 or via their online form.

Photography qualifications;

Qualification_levelExemptionsRemaining program duration

Bachelor degree

or

Graduate Certificate

48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study)144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters full time study)

Bachelor honours degree

or

Graduate Diploma

96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)    96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters full time study)    

Credit

If you have previous relevant study at postgraduate level, you be eligible for credit transfer towards this program. For more information on the type of credit that may be available to you, please see RMIT's credit policy.

Pathways

Graduates of BP117 Bachelor of Arts (Photography) and BH125 Bachelor of Arts (Photography) (Honours) who achieve a GPA of 3 or greater (out of 4) are guaranteed entry into this program. 

Upon succesful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including DR208- PhD (Art) subject to the program's entrance requirements.

 

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Entrance requirements

You must have: 

  • Successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in a relevant creative discipline, or 
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in Photography.*

International

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. See the RMIT University English entry requirements webpage for equivalents to this requirement.

Selection Task
You must:

  • complete and submit a selection kit
  • attend a folio presentation  

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

  • a CV
  • a statement that details your experience

 

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External accreditation and industry links

There are no professional bodies that accredit programs in photography in Australia.  

The School of Art has many close links with photographic and aligned creative industries which take a variety of forms.  Academics in the School are professional photographers, photo-journalists, artists, editors, writers and curators maintaining strong linkages within national and global photographic practice and the community.  External industry experts and speakers are regularly engaged to speak to students through a number of forums, and international study tours are available.

 

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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

Library resources and services
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 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Other resources
As an enrolled School of Art student with an active NDS account you can access computer laboratories throughout the University. For location details go to  http://www.rmit.edu.au/its/studentlabs. There are also computers for you as a School of Art postgraduate student located in Building 49 level C and Building 39 level 2.

Technical Assistance
There is a technical officer available to support your study in this program.

Production Facilities and Equipment
As an enrolled student you wiil have access to a range of specialised photographic facilities across the school to support your area of practice; including shooting studios, professional capture equipment, post production editing facilities, computer labs and fine art large format printing technologies. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. The University Library has extensive resources for Art students and has produced a subject guide that includes quality online and print resources for your studies [http://rmit.libguides.com/sb.php?subject_id=67925]. Upon your enrolment you will also be provided with access to integrated online resources and learning materials.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides resources and opportunities to help you to  achieve your study and career goals. Services are available face to face and online for:

  • 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
  • participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  The Ngarara Willim Centre offers ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.

You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/students

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