MC270 - Master of Photography

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Plan: MC270 - Master of 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: Master of Photography
Award abbreviation: MPhoto
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time, reduced duration available
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Art (340H)
Owning school URL:
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.

A capstone experience is provided through the course VART3637 Photography Studio 4 in which you will integrate and synthesise your knowledge, connect theory to practice and demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. 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

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.

Successful completion of BP117 Bachelor of Arts (Photography) or BH125 Bachelor of Arts (Photography) (Honours) guarantees entry into this program. 

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.

Qualification_level Exemptions Remaining program duration

Bachelor degree


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


Graduate Diploma

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

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.

To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application a CV and a statement that details your experience.

English language requirement

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 requirements webpage

Selection task
You must complete and submit a selection task and may be required to attend a folio presentation.

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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.

The program is regularly monitored through the School of Art Industry Advisory Committee, which consists of external Arts and Photography Industry professionals, advising the School in facilitating a program that is relevant to the field of Photography, both nationally and internationally. 

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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

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.    
Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.  

Contact Ask the Library for information on Library resources and services:  Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills. 

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at 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: 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 []. 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.

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