IDEA Photography Scholarship for Excellence

For commencing Bachelor of Arts (Photography) students who demonstrate creative excellence in their photography; worth $7,500 per annum.

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Applications now closed

The scholarship provides up to $7,500 per annum for up to three years.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be commencing full-time study in semester 1 2023 in your first year of the Bachelor of Arts (Photography) (BP117)
  • demonstrate creative excellence in your photography work
  • completed your selection tasks for entry into the program by 18 November 2022.

Selection for this scholarship, besides information provided in this application, will also include your selection tasks for entry into the program, and ATAR (if applicable).

The online application form will be made available here when applications open.  

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

You will need to upload:

  • Two series of work with 8 photographs in each series. Each series must be in its own PDF, with the photographs in sequence (no individual photos to be uploaded). 

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance prior to starting the online application.

  • What motivated you to choose your RMIT program? Include the steps you have taken to achieve your educational goals.

  • What are your future plans and career aspirations?

  • Describe what you sought to express or achieve in the series and how it demonstrates your creative excellence (note: each series of photographs requires this answer).

Find out more about applying for scholarships.


Applications for 2023 are now closed.

This scholarship will next be offered for Semester 1, 2025, with applications opening August 2024.

Applications for 2023 are now closed.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions (PDF, 698KB).

The Imaging and Digital Entertainment Association (IDEA) has been the Australian industry body promoting the imaging and consumer electronics industry and promoting photography education for over 35 years. Upon winding up its' operation in 2022, it has donated all remaining funds to RMIT to allow establishing scholarships to continue its' legacy in support of photography students.

Find out how to contact the Coursework Scholarships Office.

Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.

For information about other financial assistance available to RMIT students, please speak to one of our Student Welfare Advisors.

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