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C10266v5 Bachelor of Design in Photography Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Design in Photography (BDesign)
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BA)

UAC code: 609285 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 093242A
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


In the Bachelor of Design in Photography students learn how to create outstanding images linked to the sociocultural context that drives contemporary visual culture.

The international experience of the international studies component further enhances career prospects.

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.

Course aims

Through the opportunity to work with major organisations such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Sydney Biennale and participate in exhibitions, students are given the entrepreneurial skills to carve out their own niche in the photographic industry. A focus on professional practice means they are recognised for their ability to create photographic and media works that are sophisticated, relevant and concept-driven.

Career options

There are many career options for graduates across a range of sectors, such as photography for fashion, journalism, architecture or marketing. Some graduates start their careers as photography assistants for professional photographers while others move into freelance work.

Generally, graduates can expect to work in a number of capacities, including photo agencies, advertising, and cultural production, as a freelancer working for various clients, a fine arts practitioner, or an editorial photographer for news outlets, magazines and digital media. Many graduates combine a number of these careers.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Ability to take autonomous responsibility for actions and decisions
A.2 Ability to establish and develop an informed and ethical position toward social and cultural issues
A.3 Ability to constructively engage with subject learning activities
A.4 Ability to recognise and appreciate cultural diversity including indigenous perspectives
C.1 Ability to work cooperatively and professionally as part of a team, initiate partnerships with others, take a leadership role when required, and constructively contribute to peer learning
C.2 Ability to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of ways including oral, written and visual
C.3 Ability to engage in, and contribute to studio discussion
I.1 Ability to develop innovative approaches
I.2 Ability to understand and challenge disciplinary conventions
I.3 Ability to initiate and execute meaningful self-directed iterative processes
I.4 Ability to produce inspiration responses that exemplify integration of learning experiences
I.5 Ability to innovatively use photographic and media technologies
I.5 Ability to innovatively use photographic and media technologies
I.5 Ability to innovatively use photographic and media technologies
INT.1.1 Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts
INT.1.2 Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners
INT.1.3 Graduates will have a broad and coherent understanding of the historical, political, cultural, social and economic situations in other countries
INT.2.1 Graduates will be able to creatively design and conduct independent, engaged and ethical research in and about other cultural contexts and societies
INT.2.2 Graduates will possess critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills in international and intercultural change
INT.3.1 Graduates will be able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging successfully with cultures overseas, particularly in this region
INT.4.1 Graduates will have the capacity to reflect upon and contextualise Indigenous peoples' experiences and circumstances to professional and social situations as and when appropriate
INT.5.1 As informed and engaged international citizens, graduates will demonstrate cosmopolitan openness, with an awareness of, and commitment to, ethical practices
INT.6.1 Graduates will possess a high-level of oral and written communication skills in English and, where relevant, a developed level of oral and written communication skills in at least one language other than English
P.1 Ability to recognise and engage in a diverse range of technical and practical contexts
P.2 Ability to apply relevant digital and/or analogue techniques and technologies to image-based practice
P.3 Ability to develop technical skills in photography and situated media
P.4 Ability to demonstrate knowledge of current image-based practice
P.5 Ability to position work within an extended disciplinary context
R.1 Ability to source, evaluate and utilise appropriate academic and professional references
R.2 Ability to independently select and apply appropriate research methodologies to carry out investigative study
R.3 Ability to analyse, synthesise and formulate complex ideas, arguments and rationales and use initiative to explore alternatives
R.4 Ability to demonstrate knowledge of photographic history and theory and to place creative practice within a contextual framework
R.5 Ability to reflect and engage in self-critique and critical thinking


INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

UTS: Design, Architecture and Building may consider applications based on the results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) if students lack academic qualifications but have extensive professional experience. The STAT is conducted through the Universities Admissions Centre.

Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

Non-current school leavers are selected on the basis of academic merit or on the basis of portfolio and interview rank.

Applicants are advised to submit an optional portfolio by Wednesday 31 October 2018.

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.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.


International students

International students (excluding those studying in an Australian high school) must submit an application to UTS International (in person, by mail or online) or through an accredited UTS representative.

The applicants must submit the following material:

  • a six-page digital portfolio in PDF format (landscape) of their work; this may include images, animation or video (max. size 5MB)
  • one of the PDFs must be a 150–200 word written submission that selects and identifies one of the submitted pieces of work, addresses what was the aim of the work and why it succeeded (to enable this PDF to be easily viewed, text must be supplied in 16-point Helvetica, with 1.5 line spacing).

Assumed knowledge

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis. Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points of study, comprising 144 credit points relating to photography and situated media and 96 credit points relating to international studies.

Overseas study

Students spend their fourth year of study at a university overseas.

Course completion requirements

STM91431 Core Subjects (Photography) 108cp
STM91424 Design Studies 24cp
CBK91878 Electives 12cp
CBK90005 Country major choice 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session and undertaking the course with Germany as the international studies major. Other countries may be chosen from the list of majors in CBK90005; the program has the same structure but with subjects specific to the chosen country major.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
80027 Photographic History and Theory   6cp
80065 Critical Image Studio: Image Activism and Documentary Practice   12cp
85503 Thinking Through Design   6cp
Spring session
80037 Critical Approaches to Photography   6cp
85502 Researching Design Histories   6cp
80047 Critical Image Studio: Image Ethics and Portraiture   12cp
Year 2
Autumn session
80066 Expanded Image Studio: Post Photography   12cp
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
80035 Photography and the Body   6cp
85202 Design Futuring   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
80067 Photography Guest Lecture Program   6cp
85302 Social Media Cultures   6cp
Spring session
80218 Expanded Image Studio: The Moving Image   12cp
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
80057 Independent Project: Emerging Image Practices   12cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
80068 Professional Studies: Industry Placement and Independent Practice   6cp
Spring session
80031 Independent Project: Locating the Image   12cp
80033 Professional Studies: Curating the Image   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp


The Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Photography (C09052) is available to eligible students with one additional year of full-time study, or equivalent part-time study.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building
UTS: International Studies