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Photography and Illustration Design

Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) - BA(Curtin) - MJRU-PHILL Humanities
Indicative ATAR 70 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

This major focuses on visual communication and will teach you the skills and knowledge required to be a successful photographer and/or illustrator. 

Imagery plays an essential role in any communication; from album covers to game art design, images aid in the understanding of the message.

Photographers and illustration designers create images for a large variety of purposes, and work in tandem with graphic designers, art directors and digital designers. 

In this major you can focus on either photography or illustration, or a combination of both. You will have the opportunity to explore, interpret, develop and realise ideas for commercial and personal outcomes. 

You will also examine traditional and digital techniques in photography and illustration.

Photography and illustration design is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals. 

You can study this as part of a double major:

*Please note not all majors are offered online

High achieving students may complete an additional honours year enabling them to undertake their own significant research project.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.


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 MC Verbal or Quantitative

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR

Other requirements

If you don’t meet the minimum course requirements, you may submit a portfolio and attend an interview. *

* Portfolio entry is only available for entry into Semester One for this course. 

Find out more about portfolio entry.

It is also recommended you attend a group advisory session if you register this major as one of your preferences. 

Find out more about Humanities' Design Advisory Sessions.

TAFE requirements

A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

Professional recognition

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

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty to discuss eligibility for credit for recognised learning (CRL).

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Body Artist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Artist
  • Photographer
  • Illustrator
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • designer
  • fashion photographer
  • animator
  • illustrator
  • advertising creative
  • comic book artist
  • crime scene photographer
  • photojournalist

Why Photography and Illustration Design?

  • Experience: Curtin’s design department has been at the forefront of design education in Western Australia for over 50 years.
  • Innovation: There is a strong focus on contemporary design practices and principles.
  • Strong practical focus: The department’s labs and studio facilities provide students with the necessary resources to produce finished executions across a range of media. You will work on real briefs and develop your portfolio while you study.
  • Access to professional-level equipment: You will have access to the software, photographic and computer equipment that you’ll find in industry.