Raffles College of Design and Commerce, Sydney, Australia
Intakes: January and July
Duration: 3 Years (Full-time)


Photography is more than taking pretty pictures; it is about having a point of view and finding a way to share it. Photography can be used as a powerful tool to persuade, inform, entertain, evoke response and incite change.

Studying Photography at Raffles will provide you an opportunity to share your creative vision, make a statement and offer a fresh way of seeing. Whether you are completely new to photography or have been involved in photography for a while now, we invite you to share your point of view.


Clicking the shutter is only a small part of the big picture.

Whilst studying this course, you will discover what it involves to be a successful photographer and that it is much more than just taking a good picture.

We aim to prepare you for the real world. You will be challenged with industry-based briefs, working to tight deadlines and meeting the expectations of clients, with a high level of professionalism. We will provide you with opportunities to refine your presentation skills, by teaching you how to present yourself and your work in a professional and convincing manner.

We place great emphasis on planning and research. You will be challenged to develop strong concepts, to communicate ideas clearly and to think creatively.

There will be opportunities to collaborate with fellow photographers, as well as students from other disciplines including: graphic design, digital media, fashion design and fashion marketing. This will give you a realistic understanding of what it is like to work within a creative team.

You will be given a strong foundation in photography essentials that will allow you to confidently photograph a variety of subjects in a range of different settings. Working both on location and in our professional studios, you will gain an insight into professional photographic practice and sophisticated lighting techniques.

You will learn to edit and print, giving you an understanding of how to maintain control of your work in post-production. You will also be introduced to elements of design and videography, which will help to complement your photography work.

We encourage all students to make use of our professional studio facilities and photographic equipment to practice and develop their technique further in their own time.

These facilities are available to our photography students for use outside classroom hours and for personal projects through our booking system.


Are you driven and determined? Do you like taking pictures, often finding yourself observing your surroundings? Are you curious and eager to explore your creative potential? Do you enjoy solving problems and working in a variety of situations? Are you hard working and adaptable? If this is the case, the Raffles Photography course is for you!


If you are passionate about photography and are wanting in-depth mentoring that allows for growth and discovery; If you are open to exploring different styles of photography, that will challenge your conceptual and technical ability; If you have an appreciation for both contemporary and traditional photographic practice; If you are wanting valuable face to face time with industry engaged instructors and hands-on experience – Raffles is the place for you!


Studying Photography at Raffles can open up a variety of career options. Within the Photography industry there are many specialist fields including:

  • Portrait
  • Beauty
  • Fashion
  • Wedding
  • Commercial
  • Editorial
  • Advertising
  • Landscape
  • Still Life
  • Fine Art
  • Nature
  • Product
  • Sports
  • Documentary
  • Music
  • Lifestyle
  • Food
  • Film Stills
  • Architecture
  • Underwater
  • Travel
  • Photojournalism

Our course can also lead you to a number of creative careers closely associated with the Photography industry including:

  • Photographic assistant
  • Studio manager
  • Photographic printer
  • Retoucher
  • Videographer
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Director of Photography
  • Digital Content Creator
  • Gallery Director


The Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communication) majoring in Photography is a full-time, 3-year degree available at our Parramatta campus. You can choose to wrap up your studies after two years, and receive an Associate Degree.