Photography and Illustration Design
|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.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||3 years full-time|
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.
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 MC 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.
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.
It is also recommended you attend a group advisory session if you register this major as one of your preferences.
A TAFE certificate IV and evidence of English competency or a TAFE diploma.
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.
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.
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).
This course can help you become a:
- Body Artist
- Arts Administrator
- Visual Merchandiser
- fashion photographer
- advertising creative
- comic book artist
- crime scene photographer
- 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.
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.
- More about studying at Curtin
- Visit the WA Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) website
- Visit the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website
- Visit the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) website
- Our admission appeals and grievance process
Applicants applying with an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Applicants with other international qualifications
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