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Units in second semester 2020 may be delivered online and in alternative formats whilst restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic are in place.

This course is not available for international students.


Undergraduate Stream


Photography Stream (BComms)


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

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for international careers. 

Get the Curtin edge

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

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)

Photography is undergoing rapid transformation with the advent of new and continually evolving digital image capture and production technologies.

These technologies and production processes are key areas of study and investigation within this stream, with emphasis on design principles and practice. You will develop your competencies in technical, mechanical, cultural and aesthetic aspects of photography and their interdependence.

The Photography stream is taken as part of Bachelor of Communications.

Why study

  • Design at Curtin has been at the forefront of design education in Western Australia for over 50 years.
  • There is a strong focus on contemporary design practices and principles.
  • Our labs and studio facilities will 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.

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

Graduates may convert student memberships of national professional design bodies, such as the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers  into full professional memberships following qualification and professional experience.

Career information


  • Photographic artist
  • Photojournalist
  • Commercial photographer
  • Creative director


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

What you'll learn

  • explain critical theories relating to media-based communications in corporate applications and apply them to a range of roles and functions
  • apply critical thinking and creative approaches to resolve issues and meet challenges in their own professional and creative practice
  • access, evaluate and synthesise appropriate information in order to realise media-based communication objectives
  • communicate ideas to a range of audiences by developing and applying media-based strategies
  • utilise media production technologies and apply them to create effective media-based materials to meet required outcomes
  • apply learning strategies to build on skills and understandings in order to adapt to continually changing industry and corporate needs
  • recognise the significance of global media to business and be able to apply international standards and practices in their creative practice
  • value the cultural and intercultural nature of corporate media and communications and represent this knowledge at a personal and professional level
  • demonstrate professional behaviour and standards and work collaboratively to apply them in all aspects of media and business-related activities

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: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Fee information is not available for this course at this time. Find estimated course fees.