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Full time

Bachelor of Photography

At a
Glance

Bachelor of Photography

Course Dates

Next intake: February 2021 APPLY NOW

Duration

3 years full time

Delivery

Face-to-face OR real-time learning via Zoom
Includes interactive photography classes, workshops and tutorials, demonstrations and practical participation. Whether you choose to study face-to-face OR in real-time via Zoom, all PSC students receive the same level of teacher guidance and support.

Course Codes

Course Code 9100191442
CRICOS Course Code 079866G

Career Outlook & Pathway

Potential options
Kick start your photography career with our photography degree courses. Enrol in our career focused Bachelor of Photography degree course in Melbourne and you will be studying the best Bachelor of Photography course in Australia. You learn to be highly visually and digitally literate, creative, innovative along with real-world entrepreneurial thinking. The course’s focus on these important capabilities is what gives our bachelor degree graduates the edge in preparing for work in the creative industries sector. You will be encouraged to regularly submit your work for national and international awards and publications and to build your creative networks. Our unique industry mentor program enables you to build contacts with local, national and international photographers and ensures you will graduate with a strong industry awareness and pathway for individual success. Studying with us means you are joining a supportive and professional community that will assist you now and in the future. If you’re interested in building a contemporary photographic career guided by award-winning photographers, our Bachelor of Photography is for you.

Bachelor of Photography
Course
Summary

Bachelor of Photography

At PSC, our No 1 rated Bachelor of Photography degree in Australia will prepare you for a career as an innovative and successful professional photographer.

Throughout the bachelor degree you will discover and be immersed in the enormous possibilities of image making in the 21st century!

Starting with a strong focus on ideas, technique and hands-on approaches to your image making you will be guided through digital workflow, image composition and creative output.

As your creative vision gathers momentum you will expand your photography to include more complex lighting, narrative, content production and video and moving image.

In the final year of your Bachelor of Photography, you select a major in either commercial photography, photojournalism or art photography. You will be mentored closely, and linked to the photographic industry in very tangible ways and guided through the professional and business practices you’ll need to establish your career.

Mentoring, attendance at overseas photography festivals, meeting international practitioners and completion of real-world projects, combined with our expert practising teaching staff, ensures that you will graduate career ready in your chosen field with strong professional photography connections.

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Choose
Your
Focus

In your final year of the Bachelor of Photography degree, you select a major in either commercial photography, photojournalism or art photography. You will be mentored closely according to your choice of major and guided through the professional and business practices you’ll need to establish your career. For more information on course structure and content, download the Bachelor of Photography Course Guide (PDF).

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Commercial photography

The commercial photography major prepares you for a wide range of commercial photography careers. You will develop exceptional skills in creating high quality commercial images, along with professional lighting, digital post-production and video and moving image. In undertaking the commercial major, you will have the choice of an exciting array of careers including fashion photography, portraiture, advertising, architectural, corporate, events, e-commerce product, lifestyle and wedding photography.

 

Photo by third year Bachelor of Photography student Maria Gabriela Leon Paez.

Photojournalism

The photojournalism major will ignite your passion for communication and allow you to specialise in this exciting, fast-paced industry. After completing this major, you will have the opportunity to work in a diverse range of international media platforms including, visual content production, on-line and digital publishing, moving image and documentary image-making. Graduates engage in a variety of careers involving media, editorial, travel, sport and documentary photography.

 

Photo by Bachelor of Photography graduate James Bugg

Art photography

The art major allows you to specialise in the world of contemporary art photography, exhibiting and publishing your work nationally and internationally. This program is designed for students wishing to develop their distinctive and individual style and work in the creative industries. You will develop a critical awareness of current art practices, preparing you for graduate study and professional art careers.

 

Photo by second year Bachelor of Photography student Britney Jennings. 

Alumni
Showcase

Course
Lecturers

PSC is a community of experienced practitioners and educators with national and international profiles in the areas of documentary, photojournalism, art, commercial photography, photobook publishing, curation and photographic theory.

Admission
Process

Admission Criteria

At PSC we strongly believe that every student who loves creative pursuits should be given the opportunity to find their path to tertiary study at PSC.  Given the current upheavals to Year 12 we want to ensure that admission to our degree for these students is as is as clear and stress free as possible. We have moved swiftly to add further certainty and possibilities in our admission for students and we want to provide you with the relevant information. Below are four ways PSC’s admissions process has been adjusted to support current year 12 students. 

At PSC - Interview not ATAR

At PSC we do not use ATAR as any part of the admission criteria and have always based admission on an interview with examples of the student’s creative work and completion of Year 12. Our informal and friendly interview and discussion allows us to provide a guarantee to students at this time that they will be considered in a holistic and thoughtful way based on the whole person, allowing a focus on their personal and creative development.

The informal interview also allows for a one on one discussion and provides the best platform for students to talk about their concerns, dreams and creative pursuits. Given the current challenges and disruption to Year 12 this allows students a clear and supported application pathway.  

PSC conducts interviews via zoom/skype or face-to-face COVID-safe, and this will stay in place for the duration of the required timeframe enabling all current Year 12 applicants to participate in this way.

Direct applications to study the Bachelor of Photography at PSC in 2021

To provide some sort of certainty for Year 12 students in a difficult year PSC has moved to also include direct offers as part of entry possibilities. We welcome direct applications now for the Bachelor of Photography, students apply using the PSC website. Interviews can be booked immediately through our friendly Future Students Team and ‘Conditional Admission Offers’ will be made within 48-hours once interview requirements are completed (admission offers will be conditional upon successful completion of Year 12 VCE or equivalent).

 VTAC Applications –– Early Offers Conditional Offers Available for 2021 entry

To be eligible for this option students apply though VTAC. They need to start a VTAC account and preference the Bachelor of Photography Course in their preferences. PSC will then contact the student for an informal interview. On successful completion students will receive a Bachelor of Photography Conditional Offer before end of August! (admission offers will be conditional on successful completion of Year 12 VCE or equivalent)

Year 11 Creative Work can be Presented at Interview

PSC has further revised our admission criteria at this time by moving to implement a guarantee to current Year 12s that they will be able to come and study the degree at PSC based on their presentation of a year 11 folio/or creative work should they wish to do so. If, however students wish to present a selection of their current Year 12 creative work and/or folio (in any medium), we will consider that instead. Its their choice.

PSC’s Interview Period

PSC’s  entry period for 2021 is open flexible and will be scheduled to accommodate any current Year 12 changes and new timelines. Further details on interview dates will be released shortly. PSC will also consider delaying the start date of the 2021 academic year in order to coincide with any further changes made by Government to Year 12 timelines. 

International applicants

International student applicants must apply directly to PSC using the Bachelor of Photography International Student Application form.

You should refer to the Bachelor of Photography International Student Information Guide for detailed course entrance requirements, English language proficiency and selection criteria.

Application Process

Intake

Applications for the February 2021 full time intake are now open now.

Essential requirements

All applicants must ensure they complete and submit the PSC Bachelor of Photography Course Application Form and attend an interview with a creative work presentation.

International applicants

You should refer to the Bachelor of Photography International Student Information Guide for detailed course entrance requirements, English language proficiency and selection criteria.

International student applicants must apply directly to PSC using the Bachelor of Photography International Student Application Form.

There are no prerequisite studies.

Special entry assistance scheme (SEAS) applicants

Special Entry Assistance Scheme (SEAS) applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the SEAS. Depending on eligibility and your circumstances a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.

Advanced standing and credit transfer

PSC will ensure that all prospective students with relevant prior experience (RPL) or academic studies (credit transfer) are advised of the possibility of having this prior experience and/or studies taken into consideration. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

STUDENT PROFILE

Applicants to PSC are admitted on the basis of interview and folio presentation at the interview, ATAR is not a factor. We welcome a range of applicants. The table below provides an indication of the likely peer cohort for you as a new Bachelor of Photography student to PSC. It provides you with the data on students who commenced their undergraduate study in our Degree course in the most recent intake period including all offer rounds and includes international students.

  Semester 1/Full time Bachelor of Photography intake 2019
Application background Number of students Percentage of all students

Previous higher education study

  • Admitted on the basis of interview and folio

 

 5 10%

Previous Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

  • Admitted on the basis of interview and folio

 

<5 N/P

Work and life experience

  • Admitted on the basis of interview and folio
<5 N/P

Recently completed secondary education Yr 12 or equivalent IB, interstate Yr 12

  • Admitted on the basis of interview and folio ATAR was not a factor

 

33 67%
International students 5 10%
All students 49 100%
Offers and Enrolments

Offers for domestic and international students

Offers are made following successful completion of Admission Criteria.

Direct offers made after successful completion of interview and creative work presentation

Further information

Whitney Butterworth, Future Students and Communications Coordinator, wbutterworth@psc.edu.au 

03 9682 3191
www.psc.edu.au

Tuition Fees
& Enrolment

Fee Information

Domestic students may apply for FEE-HELP.

FEE-HELP is not available for international enrolments. International Students tuition fees are paid up-front on a per semester basis. International students are not required to pay more than 50% of the tuition fees before the course starts. However, they can pay for the full tuition fee if they wish to do so.

When you accept your offer, and complete your enrolment form, you also choose your tuition fee payment option.

This course is approved for Study Loans, check your eligibility here

Government Assistance

FEE-HELP Tuition Fee Assistance

PSC is an approved FEE-HELP provider.

FEE-HELP is a government loan scheme that assists eligible fee paying students with loans to pay all or part of their tuition fees. It cannot be used for additional study costs such as equipment and materials, accommodation, living expenses or other costs. It is available to Australian Citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa who are enrolled in a higher education course.

Further information about FEE-HELP loans is available at: http://studyassist.gov.au.

FEE-HELP is available for eligible students for the tuition fees for the Bachelor of Photography course.

The Australian Government has announced a six-month exemption from the FEE-HELP Loan Fee for undergraduate students between April and September.   Students who access a FEE-HELP loan to undertake a unit with a census date that occurs between 1 April 2020 and 30 September 2020, will not be charged the 25% Loan Fee.
All undergraduate units that are delivered by a provider approved for FEE-HELP and with a census date between 1 April 2020 and 30 September 2020 will receive the Loan fee exemption. 
More information on the Loan Fee Exemption can be found at: https://www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/higher-education/higher-education-faq

Policies for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Photography course including the specific policies that relate to FEE-HELP click here.

Scholarships Information

Scholarships are available for eligible participants. Ask us for more information.