Brisbane College of Photography and Art

Beginning with the belief that "all students have the potential to become competent photographers," the college teaches both digital and traditional photography skills. Instructors with extensive experience guide students in the practical and creative sectors of photography education.

Brisbane College of Photography and Art offers a "professional career training course" that can be completed in one year (full time) or in two years (part time). New classes begin in March of each calendar year.

The academic years is subdivided into four terms, with equal attention to technical skills and creative skills. Courses are not offered individually but as a "coherent whole."

One of the key attractions for this college is the emphasis on providing excellent digital imaging facilities and full-service darkrooms for both color and black-and-white photography. Students also have access to two professionally equipped studios at the college.

Courses were planned to allow students to learn about different camera formats so that they leave the program with a range of skills. Brisbane College of Photography and Art also offers a complete course on the use of Photoshop as part of the full-time curriculum.

Limited Number of Students

Because the instructors want to provide as much individual guidance as possible, courses are designed to serve only a "small number of places each year."

Among the sub-categories of photography studied are:

  • Photojournalism

  • Studio photography

  • Design elements

  • Fashion photography

  • Landscape

  • Architectural

  • Sports

  • Computer imaging

  • Traditional processing

  • Alternative processing

  • History of photography

Graduating students also "participate in the end-of-the-year exhibition which is an important culmination to their studies, as is the completion of a folio of professional images."

Short Photography Courses

Among the basic courses offered are those that help the student learn and use digital, single-lens-reflex cameras and film, single-lens-reflex cameras. This is considered the best starting point for those who are just beginning their photography education.


This course and similar short courses are offered outside the regular curriculum.

Details covered in the introductory course are:

  • Camera features

  • Shutter Speed Selection

  • Aperture Selection & Depth of Field

  • ISO Ratings

  • Principles of Lens Choice

  • Photography Composition

  • Exposure Techniques

This short-course program lasts eight weeks, with individual classes lasting two hours. The course fee is $360.

The short-course list includes:

  • Colour SLR Camera Level One

  • Colour SLR Camera Level Two

  • Colour SLR Camera Level Three

  • Studio Lighting

  • Digital Workflow

  • Digital Black and White

Workshops offered include City Lights, Seascape, Sports Photography, Landscape and Figure. There are also three levels of Photoshop instruction and three levels of darkroom B&W instruction in the short-course catalog.


The Brisbane College of Photography and Art helps students maximize their learning experience, allowing them to choose from a morning program and an afternoon program.


For example, "choosing an SLR Introductory morning program combined with a Mastering Camera Raw or Photoshop program in the afternoon session.

"For those photographers who already have a good grasp of their SLR camera many choose the Camera RAW program combined with one of the Photoshop levels. We also have a specialist film based Black & White Darkroom program for those wishing a tactile experience."

Students may be attracted to the city of Brisbane as well as the top-shelf offerings of the Brisbane College of Photography and Art. Brisbane has a rather humid, sub-tropical climate with moderately warm winters.

Among the attractions of this large city is the growing music scene, with equal enthusiasm shown for both popular music and classical music. In fact, the city was voted one of the top international music locations by Billboard magazine. Brisbane is also home to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

Photographic opportunities abound with the numerous festivals and annual events in the city. Tourism is one of the three top engines of the Brisbane economy, with sports such as rugby leading the outdoor activity.

Students who choose the Brisbane College of Photography and Art will not only receive a strong educational foundation for their professional career, they will be studying in one of the world's exciting cities.


Contact Details

28 Baxter Street, Fortitude Valley
Brisbane QLD 4006
Australia

Phone: (07) 3666 0267
E-Mail: bcpamail@optusnet.com.au
Website: bcpa.com.au