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  • Locations: Melbourne, Australia
  • Program Terms: Intersession
  • Restrictions: JHU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

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Fact Sheet:
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GPA Requirement: 3.0 Housing Type: Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: Fine Arts, Humanities
Program Type: Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis Language Prerequisite: No
Hopkins Application Fee: $25 (total for up to 3 intersession apps submitted)
Program Description:

Experience the wonders of Melbourne and the west coast of Victoria on a three week photographic adventure Down Under. Students perfect camera and post processing skills in this three credit Humanities course located in the vibrant, artsy cultural capital.

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Hopkins Intersession in Australia:
Digital Photography in Melbourne

Melbourne - Wildlife Photo

Our home base will be the Photography Studies College (number one art college in Australia) with its excellent facilities for post processing and printing. We will have a photo outing each day to a unique area including a Victorian amusement park; the peaceful Botanic Gardens; and a myriad of ethnic neighborhoods, a foodie's delight.  Students can easily travel about the city with its excellent transportation system or on foot. Melbourne is filled with laneways (alleys with amazing murals) shopping arcades and museums. There will be numerous opportunities to learn about the culture and history of this capital city through lectures and visits to the Center for Contemporary Photography and the National Gallery.
Melbourne - Night Photography
We will travel on the Great Ocean Road that hugs the incredible west coast with its beautiful beaches, redwood forests and unique terrain. Australian Artist Gillian Turner will facilitate a journaling experience at historic Loch Ard and will also host an evening of indigenous music at her home in Geelong.

Students will have a two day photographic workshop before leaving for Australia, so that they can get to work day one. They will produce a portfolio of images and have a small exhibition in Melbourne, but will print the remainder of their work back at JHU. After the return students will have an opening and show at the Center for Visual Arts at JHU, where they can invite fellow students, family and friends.

Program Dates
Thursday, January 2 - Friday, January 24, 2020

Program Info Session
Monday, September 16
Brody Learning Commons 2030/2040

Intersession Abroad Fair
A great opportunity to meet program instructors and alumni and have your questions answered in person.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 pm
Hodson 2nd Floor Lobby 


The course will be based at the Photography Studies College in Melbourne, Australia, located in Melbourne's vibrant arts and cultural scene, close to a multitude of contemporary galleries and cafes.

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Areas of Study

  • Photography
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  • Open to all majors
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Courses and Credits

Students will earn 3 graded Humanities (H) credits for the following course:
Melbourne - Graffiti WallAS.371.138 Digital Photography Intensive: Melbourne, Australia

Students will work on four projects while in Australia. 

1.    Environmental Portrait Collaboration: Students will continue to gain confidence using their cameras by making  two  portraits of a fellow student using  Melbourne as the background. For the first portrait they should creatively use aperture to control depth of field and the second to control action with shutter speed. Both portraits should express a sense of place. This will give students a chance to explore different neighborhoods, parks, cityscapes and laneways to find a locale that has an essence unique to Melbourne and one that resonates with their partner. This exercise will also prepare students for an afternoon in St Kilda’s where they will work in the “street photography” tradition making images of this vibrant area and the people who live, work, and visit there.

2.    Landscape: On our trip to the Great Ocean Road students will concentrate on composition and style in creating landscapes that use juxtaposition to give a sense of scale and content. They will practice under varied lighting conditions from dawn to dusk to increase their understanding of ISO and will learn HDR and Panorama techniques. 
Melbourne - Twelve Apostles
3.    Image and Text: Also on this coastal trip, Gillian Turner will lead students on a historic journey that relates to the story of the Loch Ard ship wreck and its two survivors Tom and Eva.  Students will create a dramatic piece that relates to the story in the spot where it occurred. 

4.   Final Portfolio: students will create a series of images inspired by Australian art and culture. They could concentrate on poetry, painting, history, ethnicity, street life, politics, music, myths or neighborhoods to name a few. They should research their subject and write an artist statement that elucidates their content and process. 

5.    Students will learn creative post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop as they work on their final projects.


The course will be taught by JHU Photography Instructors, Phyllis Berger and Howard Ehrenfeld, who also co-teach the JHU Summer Photography in Ireland program.Melbourne - St Kilda's Jump

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$7,360 for 2020. The program cost will be billed to the JHU student account and includes international airfare from Los Angeles, housing, excursions, some meals, transportation within Australia, Nikon D 5300 for use in Australia, and international health insurance.

The group flight departs from Los Angeles LAX Airport and returns to Baltimore at the end of the program. Students must budget for getting to Los Angeles.

Scholarship Opportunities
Hopkins Intersession Scholarships: Oct 2 Deadline
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships (for Pell Grant recipients): Oct 1 Deadline
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Students will stay in modern apartments in the Southbank neighborhood of Melbourne. Apartments have double bedrooms, kitchen facilities, and unlimited internet. More information can be found at

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Application Process

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More Information

This program is currently not accepting applications.