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Photomedia Major


The Photomedia major encourages critical and creative thinking in the application of image production pertinent to contemporary photographic practice.

Students investigate historical and analytical perspectives in photography and explore original visual strategies and aesthetic values to communicate their ideas. Studying photographic language, technologies and techniques prepares students for a diverse range of current practices employing photomedia including contemporary art, advertising, fashion, illustration, editorial, photojournalism and videography. Knowledge acquired in seminars, workshops and assignment production and exhibition is suited to a variety of contexts and applications empowering students to create work related to their own personal and professional aspirations.

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Unit set overview



Availability & Campus

JO - Joondalup BU - South West ML - Mount Lawley OL - Online



Students must complete eight (8) units totalling 120 credit points:

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PHO1125Camera Work and Lighting15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PHO1130Studio Work15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PHO2105Photo Work15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PHO2140Context and the Choreographed Image15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PHO3201Photojournalism and Editorial Practice15
PHO3316Landscape: Space and Place15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Students must complete 30 credit points from the following:
PHO3120 ^Reconfigured Images15
PHO3320 ^International photojournalism and documentary photography30
PHO3125 ^Photomedia Histories and Narratives15

NOTE: PHO3320 is run as an overseas study tour and for Summer School only. This unit is subject to quota, by application and invitation only. Please contact the unit set coordinator for more information.

^ Core Option

For more detailed unit information for this Major take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook


Learning Outcomes

  1. CLOs and mapping completed at course level and can be located in the new Bachelor of Media and Communication proposal.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities

This major prepares students for work in a number of areas that involve photography.

Possible future job titles

Photographer, Photojournalist, Photo Editor, Commercial Illustrative Photographer, Commercial Industrial Photographer, Photographic Artist

This Major can be studied in the following courses

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Student stories

Claire Martin

Claire Martin

ECU Photomedia graduate

"ECU's Photomedia course was the best course on offer"

It wasn't like it was close to where I lived, or that I knew anyone studying here... I just looked, and ECU offered the best course for what I wanted.

I started out studying Social Work. I was always interested in social and environmental issues, which inform my work. The environment and social justice were my interests – but communications and photomedia – these were the tools.

My lecturers encouraged me to participate in Foto Freo, a festival that focused on photojournalism. I got some practical experience interning with the festival, and that really was the catalyst for me becoming passionate about documentary style work.