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Focus on turning your interest into a career

Picture yourself as a photojournalist? Want to work in creative advertising or practice as a fine artist? Looking to earn a living through your eye for a great image? A photography degree from Griffith will develop your artistic, academic or professional aspirations. Photography is a pervasive visual element utilised in journalism, social media, web design, cinema, fine art, fashion and advertising. Our program prepares students for a professional career, teaching you what it takes to make it as a photographer, how to get the perfect shot and giving you insights on turning a creative passion into a rewarding business.

Top Ranking

Griffith named top creative arts school in Australia according to the latest Uni Reviews rankings

Study photography at Griffith

Preparing you to capture the moment

Learn about the craft, processes and ethics of photography, as you establish your individual photographic style and vision. Study in a creative, collaborative environment with access to digital and analogue facilities. In your first year, you’ll develop your practical expertise and conceptual skills. Combine photographic courses, studio practice and art theory before focusing on one of these majors in your second and third years:

  • Creative advertising photography
  • Photographic art practice
  • Photojournalism and documentary practice

Practical experience

Work on projects for real clients through our LiveImage work-integrated learning program. Take up exciting work placements to build your portfolio and cultivate important industry contacts and networks. Get professional publishing experience through The Argus, a non-profit, student-run, visual journalism magazine; or join the editorial board of the Australian Photojournalist, an annual journal showcasing the works of significant journalists, writers and academics.

Partner institutions

Griffith students have access to artist residencies, exhibitions and culture exchanges, thanks to our close ties with Shandong University of Art and Design and Crane Arts Philadelphia.

Exhibitions and artist talks

Attend on-campus exhibitions, guest lectures, master classes and artist talks. Exhibit and sell your work in our Queensland College of Art galleries.

5-Star Rated

Creative Arts at Griffith is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Elise Searson

For Elise Searson, studying at the Queensland College of Art has guided her from `just taking photos' to becoming passionate about making stories through mixed media. During her studies, Elise documented the life of Karen New who has suffered from chronic Lyme disease for 25 years — a disease some medical professionals say is non-existent in Australia. She even followed Karen on her journey to Malaysia for radical hyperthermia treatment as a last ditch attempt at a cure. What followed was a confronting yet moving experience; one Elise says will stay with her for many years to come.

Elise Searson

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Career outcomes

Graduate with essential skills and industry connections

As a Griffith photography graduate, you'll know how to use visual media in all its forms

You'll also be equipped with the ethical skills vital to earning trust and respect over the course of your career. You'll be prepared to work anywhere in the world in:

  • Advertising and design
  • Fine art
  • News
  • Photojournalism
  • Documentary photography

Our graduates win international accolades for their creativity, motivation and professional approach. Many find employment in photographic sales, as technicians, in the education sector, and as freelance photographers. Others establish commercial photography or multimedia businesses. You may also have opportunities for representation with fine art galleries or be commissioned by government, non-profit or non-governmental organisations and human rights sectors.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Monday 30 October — Saturday 17 February

Trimester 3

Our third trimester starts on Monday 30 October. Trimester 3 examinations run from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 February 2018.

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Wednesday 15 November — Tuesday 17 October

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Wednesday 22 November — Tuesday 17 October

Postgraduate Information Evening - Gold Coast

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Saturday 16 December — Friday 22 December

Know Your Options

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