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  • Course description
    Storytelling is one of the oldest and most respected of human endeavours. What we know of ourselves and others comes through the stories we tell. Throughout most of history we used the spoken word or drawings to tell stories.

    With the advent of the camera came the phrase "A picture is worth a thousand words". Today's visual storytelling uses modern technology and techniques that allow us to understand aspects of ourselves such as love, hate, anger and desire and that cannot be conveyed through other media.

    This program introduces you to the craft, politics and philosophy of such storytelling. Whether you seek to be a journalist, work in creative advertising or practise as a fine artist, the command of storytelling is fundamental to success in these areas. You will also explore the inter-relationship of photography and other forms of visual communication and develop the ability to recognise and produce meaningful visual statements.

    In Year 1, your studies combine photographic courses, studio practice and art theory. Along with developing an understanding of the politics and philosophies that underpin photography, you will receive a thorough grounding in the practise of photography and in developing your conceptual and craft skills.

    Comprising closely-related practical studio areas supported by appropriate visual arts theory, communication or business studies, this program provides specialised studies in the practices, politics, philosophies and ethics within the major study areas. In Years 2 and 3, you will concentrate on your major chosen from the following options:
    • Creative Advertising Photography
    • Photographic Art Practice
    • Photojournalism
    Career opportunities
    With a keen appreciation of the politics and philosophies underpinning the practise of photography and the motivation to work innovatively, you will be capable of working at a professional level in the creative and rewarding spheres of advertising and design, fine art and public art, news, photojournalism and documentary photography which can give you the opportunity to work anywhere in the world.

    For students who commence from 2010
    From Semester 1/2010, the English Language Enhancement course [ 5904LAL ] must be completed by all International students unless specific criteria are met. This course must be completed in the first semester of study.

    Advice regarding the requirement to complete this ELE course will appear in the Griffith Online Student Centre (To Do List) and International students will be able to access this site when enrolling.

    Students whose first language is English are not permitted to undertake this ELE course and enrolments will be monitored to ensure compliance.
    For students not required to complete the English Language Enhancement course
    To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Photography (BPhoto) , a student must acquire 240CP as prescribed below:
    • gain 60CP for the core courses
    • gain 60CP for the studio foundation courses
    • gain 60CP for a studio major from the following:
      • Creative Advertising Photography | Photographic Art Practice | Photojournalism
    • gain one 60CP elective major (comprising a studio foundation block of QCA study)
      • OR one 60CP elective major from any discipline element within the University
      • OR two 30CP elective specialisations from the listed undergraduate Photography specialisations
      • OR two 30CP elective specialisations from any other QCA undergraduate program
      • OR two 30CP elective specialisations from any discipline element within the University
      • OR one 30CP elective specialisation from any QCA undergraduate program plus 30CP of electives from any discipline
    • gain no more than 120CP for courses at first year level
    • gain a minimum of 40CP for courses at third year level
    • gain no more than 30CP (of the total 160CP) for second and third year courses in which a grade of Pass Conceded has been attained (the grade of Pass Conceded for a course which is a prerequisite for a later course is not regarded as sufficient for meeting the prerequisite requirements).
    For International students required to complete the English Language Enhancement course
    To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Photography (BPhoto) , a student must acquire 240CP as prescribed below:
    • gain 60CP for the core courses including the English Language Enhancement course [ 5904LAL ]
    • gain 60CP for the studio foundation courses
    • gain 60CP for a studio major from the following:
      • Creative Advertising Photography | Photographic Art Practice | Photojournalism
    • gain one 60CP elective major (comprising a studio foundation block of QCA study)
      • OR one 60CP elective major from any discipline element within the University
      • OR two 30CP elective specialisations from the listed undergraduate Photography specialisations
      • OR two 30CP elective specialisations from any other QCA undergraduate program
      • OR two 30CP elective specialisations from any discipline element within the University
      • OR one 30CP elective specialisation from any QCA undergraduate program plus 30CP of electives from any discipline
    • gain no more than 120CP for courses at first year level
    • gain a minimum of 40CP for courses at third year level
    • gain no more than 30CP (of the total 160CP) for second and third year courses in which a grade of Pass Conceded has been attained (the grade of Pass Conceded for a course which is a prerequisite for a later course is not regarded as sufficient for meeting the prerequisite requirements).
    For students who commenced in 2006-2009
    To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Photography (BPhoto) , a student must acquire 240CP as prescribed below:
    • gain 60CP for the core courses
    • gain 60CP for the studio foundation courses
    • gain 60CP for a studio major from the following:
      • Creative Advertising Photography | Photographic Art Practice | Photojournalism
    • gain one 60CP elective major (comprising a studio foundation block of QCA study)
      • OR one 60CP elective major from any discipline element within the University
      • OR two 30CP elective specialisations from the listed undergraduate Photography specialisations
      • OR two 30CP elective specialisations from any other QCA undergraduate program
      • OR two 30CP elective specialisations from any discipline element within the University
      • OR one 30CP elective specialisation from any QCA undergraduate program plus 30CP of electives from any discipline
    • gain no more than 120CP for courses at first year level
    • gain a minimum of 40CP for courses at third year level
    • gain no more than 30CP (of the total 160CP) for second and third year courses in which a grade of Pass Conceded has been attained (the grade of Pass Conceded for a course which is a prerequisite for a later course is not regarded as sufficient for meeting the prerequisite requirements).

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