Photography (Mass Communication)
|Guaranteed ATAR||70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.|
|Location||Bentley, Mauritius or Sarawak This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
Design photography covers all aspects of the visual medium while focusing on the 'photographer as designer'.
It is a field witnessing 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 major, with emphasis on design principles and practice.
What the course involves:
As part of the Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication), this stream develops your competencies in technical, mechanical, cultural and aesthetic aspects of photography and their interdependence.
This major provides a variety of vocational competencies in evolving digital modes of production and dissemination, as well as the practical application of communication theory and design principles.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students
Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Written English and either Verbal or Quantitative
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.
ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period
View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR
English language proficiency
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.
A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency, or a TAFE diploma.
Those with a Diploma of Mass Communication from Central TAFE may receive recognition of prior learning equivalent to one year (200 credits).
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
This course can help you become a:
- The course is technology-centred and will give you real opportunities to work with commercial-level equipment and produce work for print, radio, film and television
- You can build your portfolio of work experience and meet industry professionals.
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.
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