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Filmmaking & Photography

Bachelor of Design Arts
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Filmmaking & Photography Program in Melbourne

The Filmmaking & Photography major specialisation applies a holistic approach to creative fields of design, through visual narrative perspectives. This major specialisation allows you to develop, edit and refine ideas and visual storytelling skills, across a variety of creative mediums.

Commencing with still image, you will learn the practical components of digital photography in studio and location environments. Idea generation and content creation develops a strong foundation for digital workflow, image correction and composite photography. You will expand your creativity by migrating to moving image and filmmaking; working with other creatives to produce live action narrative based videos and gaining insight into digital visual effects and animation.

Students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, to render and create your stories. Initiate a studio-based photo shoot with models set against a green screen, then composite to another world in Photoshop! Find yourself out on location shooting a short film on our high-end 4k Black Magic cameras, then utilise the Adobe Creative Suite for your post-production workflow. 

By graduating with a Bachelor of Design Arts and joining the ranks of LCI Melbourne alumni, you will be included amongst some of Australia’s leading and most innovative artists and designers. LCI Melbourne is FEE-HELP approved.

Customise your degree

No more cookie-cutter degrees for you! It is time for you to have control on your future.
We will help you customise your degree as you progress through opportunities that discover your strengths, as part of engaging and exploratory workshops and design labs. 
You are the future of art and design and LCI Melbourne is your roadmap to success!

What does customising your degree really mean? It's as simple as:

  • Explore creative processes across disciplines throughout your program to create your own multidisciplinary career.
  • Collaborate with other creative students across majors on projects and exhibitions.
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship from academics in a personalised environment that motivates you to discover your strengths. 

  • Understand how imagery is developed using the latest digital technologies and workflow processes
  • Refine raw ideas, develop narrative and understand genre, and recognize and develop creative strengths
  • Skills in image composition for both photography and filmmaking
  • Build industry contacts via professional placement and international exchange opportunities
  • Enhance creative skills via a sub-major from either the Graphic & Digital Design stream or one of the other creative disciplines.
  • Digital Photography
  • Composite Photography
  • Digital Post Production
  • Visual Storytelling with Moving Image
  • Portfolio Photography
  • Industry Practice in the Digital Arena
  • Industry Practice for the Creative Practitioner

80% project work (including practical work, essays, presentations and group assignments) and 20% test.

Trimester 1

  • Get a taste your future. Discover and explore multidisciplinary design ideas, informed by creative design principles, collaborative models of practice and enjoyable engagement.
  • Investigate and develop design ideas across the areas of spatial environments, the body and identity, visual communication and image making.
Trimester 2-4
  • Evolve your preferences and dive into filmmaking and photography course in our unique design labs, complemented by additional design workshops and specialist electives.
  • You can focus on your fashion design major or blend to suit your preferred career trajectory.
  • You will explore critical thinking, expand your problem solving and understand cultural influences to inform masterful design solutions.
Trimester 5-6
  • By year three you will specialise and focus in an extended design lab with personalised independent design proposals.
  • You will have a combination of expert academics and mentors that will guide and inspire you to innovative outcomes to prepare you for the your professional practice and for your future job.

To be considered for a place at LCI Melbourne, our entry requirements are:

  • Evidence of satisfactory completion of VCE or year 12 equivalent or work experience equivalence
  • Submission of a creative Portfolio of 6 to 8 items – See tips and tricks how to prepare a portfolio
  • Completion of a pre-selection kit provided by LCI Melbourne

After submission the portfolio or selection kit is viewed by a panel and if you are shortlisted your application will proceed to interview stage where you will meet with the LCI team to talk through your portfolio and ask questions.

You can apply online, in person, or talk to our admissions team by phone.

The Professional Studies units of the Bachelor of Design Arts ensure students secure industry placements to enhance their skills and experience - giving them an edge when they graduate. Work experience in the industry can include assisting in a photography studio, working as a crew member on film or television productions, or working in-house in an animation studio or vfx post-production house.

Bachelor of Design Arts (Filmmaking & Photography)

The Bachelor of Design Arts can be completed over 2 years full-time (300 credit point). Part-time study is also available. An academic year is divided into three twelve week study periods, called ‘trimesters’. 




We have outstanding courses in applied arts disciplines. Our schools are located across 5 continents, giving us a unique international perspective when it comes to education and preparing you for work in the real world. The opportunities are endless when you study fashion design courses in Melbourne at LCI. Call us today on (03) 9676 9000 to get more info.