This course will help you discover your passion for photography and photo imaging. During the course you will develop a wide range of technical skills in photography and photo imaging, including lighting, image capture, process, enhancement, manipulation and output.

As a professional you will work in a variety of settings including media, retail, commercial, portrait, wedding and art photography.

You’ll gain skills in how to use a digital camera, apply technical, theoretical and historical knowledge of photography and develop creative concepts and solutions in response to a client brief.

You will also cover topics including:

  • interpret a brief
  • colour
  • store and maintain finished work
  • industry knowledge
  • history 
  • creative thinking 

You can take this course as part of a dual qualification with the Certificate IV in Design.




National Code CUA41115
Study Areas Art & Design
Study Level Certificate IV
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 6 months

Course Type Victorian TAFE Course
Campuses Box Hill Campus​​

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Fee
Gov. Subsidised - Standard $3,981.00
Gov. Subsidised - Concession $796.00
Full Tuition Fee $10,544.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees $297.50
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies


* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

February and July

Full time: 6 months

Box Hill

You must have:

PRE-TRAINING REVIEW

To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

After successful completion, you can apply for entry into the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging. If you study this course as part of a dual qualification with Diploma of Graphic Design you may apply for entry into the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design with an aim to pathway to further study in a university degree program.

VTAC and Direct Entry. 

Year 12 VTAC Applicants must:

Direct Entry Applicants (Non Year 12) must:

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 4

After successful completion of this course you may wish to pursue career opportunities such as retail, commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography.

This course comprises 15 units including 10 core and 5 electives.

Last updated: February 22, 2019 12:52pm