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Study at Curtin


Undergraduate Major


Photography Major
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70


Turn your interest in photography into a career, learning photographic techniques alongside professional practices.

Highly ranked course

Curtin is the highest ranked University in WA in the field of Art and Design and is in the top 200 in the world.

(QS World Rankings 2018)

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Work experience

Benefit from a wide range of work-integrated learning opportunities.

This major gives you the opportunity to develop your creative skills and explore pathways to careers in our ever-increasing visual world.

The course examines the interchanges between design, editorial and fine art photography. This approach will enable you to develop your own practice to a standard of excellence across multiple platforms.

You’ll study histories and theories of photography and explore experimental approaches to the medium through lectures, tutorials, studio workshops and gallery visits.

Throughout your course you’ll learn through project-based activities and collaboration with students from other disciplines – mirroring a true industry environment.

As Curtin students you’ll also benefit from the University’s links with industry and major cultural institutions. The range of work-integrated learning opportunities available means that you can expect to graduate ready for successful photographic practice in diverse industries.

Photography is offered as part of the Bachelor of Design. You will be able to enhance your degree by selecting to study either two additional minors or one minor and four elective units to support your career goals.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

How to apply

This major sits within the Bachelor of Design degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Design. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.

Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.

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Why study

  • Curtin is the highest-ranked university in Western Australia in the field of Art and Design and is ranked in the top 200 in the world*.
  • Design at Curtin has been at the forefront of design education in Western Australia for over 50 years.
  • The course has a strong focus on contemporary design practices and principles.
  • Our labs and studio facilities provide you with the necessary resources to produce finished executions across a range of media.
  • You will have access to the software, photographic and computer equipment that you'll find in industry.

*QS World Rankings 2018.

How this course will make you industry ready

This major is supported across a range of industries, with our graduates securing roles in fine art, editorial, documentary, advertising and studio-based photography fields.

You will work on real briefs and develop your portfolio while you study. The high standing of our course is supported by affiliations with local, national and international photographic industry bodies.

Student engagement with institutions such as the Perth Centre for Photography, Australian Centre for Photography and The National Portrait Gallery is actively encouraged and promoted.

Throughout the three-year program, you’ll learn through project-based activities, and be given the opportunity to work with students from other disciplines, as in real industry environments.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

Professional membership is available with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography.

Career information


  • Photographic artist / artist
  • Photojournalist
  • Commercial photographer
  • Creative director


  • Fashion
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Media and communications
  • Events

What you'll learn

  • apply discipline knowledge to critically review, analyse, consolidate and contribute to evidence-based practice in photography
  • demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in both a broad understanding and depth in photography
  • use and discern between a range of photography technologies and media platforms in the production of photography-based solutions
  • demonstrate effective visual, spoken, written and technical communication appropriate to the photography discipline and apply effective self-directed learning skills
  • demonstrate personal awareness of a photography specific practice and sustain an engagement with contemporary practices, technologies and the creative industries
  • develop a predictive overview of future trends that will influence photography and photography practices
  • recognise the importance of social, ethical and cultural diversity and consider local and international perspectives in photography activities, studio practice and production
  • demonstrate how intercultural awareness and understanding impacts on personal and professional skills and on the ability to lead
  • work independently and collaboratively on photography projects and respond to project demands

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Design degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • The offering information on this website applies only to future students. Current students should refer to faculty handbooks for current or past course information. View courses information disclaimer.

  • Curtin course code: MJRU-PHOTO
  • Last updated on: December 1, 2020