University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Bachelor of Design - Photography

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

In the Bachelor of Design in Photography, students learn how to create outstanding images linked to the sociocultural context that drives contemporary visual culture. With the rapid evolution of the photographic medium due to digital and mobile technologies, images are situated in particular contexts, whether social, cultural or political. In design studios students learn how to recognise these contexts, and use and reinterpret them for their own creative work. Students apply this understanding to the art of image making, under the guidance of expert staff, using world-standard equipment and facilities. These include darkrooms, specialist colour-managed computer labs and fully equipped photographic studios. Equipment is constantly upgraded to ensure that students only work with the best and latest devices. Throughout their studies, students have the unique opportunity to collaborate with other disciplines across the university, including fashion, architecture and journalism. This enables them to both pursue specific interests and learn how to collaborate with others on projects and commissions.


Students must complete 144 credit points made up of 96 credit points of core subjects (10 subjects), a 24-credit-point sub-major and 24 credit points of electives. Course completion requirements


  • Photography

Standard entry requirements

  • Australian Year 12 qualification, AQF Diploma, or equivalent qualification at the required level. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 58-64
  • Or CAE: 176-184. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place. Recent school leavers must submit a personal statement directly to the faculty. Based on the statement, students are selected for interview, at which they must attend with a portfolio of work. International students must submit an application and include a portfolio of up to 10 examples of work demonstrating awareness, imagination and skills relevant to design (preferably provided on CD/DVD). Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English. Design and Technology, Visual Arts are recommended.

Study pathways

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Photography is available to meritorious students with an additional one year of full-time study.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
City International: $119,952 No

Further information

Graduates of this course can engage in the broad scope of photographic and image-based careers. Options include employment or self-employment in the commercial and cultural photographic industries including: editorial photography; photojournalism; fine art photography; art direction; interactive media and advertising; exhibition design; photographic post production; media arts; and photographic lighting.

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