About the course

About the course

Want to study and start your career in the exciting world of professional photography? Enrol in our photography and photo imaging course and you’ll develop the technical and theoretical skills to get started.

You can also take this course as part of a dual qualification with our Diploma of Graphic Design.

You’ll learn to plan, capture and evaluate photographic imagery, apply design theory and develop the ability to critically analyse and synthesise relevant information, plus create your own folio from a range of projects including commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography. This folio will help you demonstrate your work to employers and clients.

In this course, you will cover topics including:

  • media
  • commercial, technical, illustrative and pre-press images
  • photo imaging history
  • trends and practice
  • concept development
  • colour management
  • how to present a body of work
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Course will be replaced

Please note: This training package will change in the near future and minor alterations to the course will occur. All new students will be enrolled into the new course.

Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

February and July

Full time: 1 year

This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of this course, you may wish to pursue a range of professional opportunities including retail, commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography.

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Entry Requirements

You must have:

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you may apply for the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging and then reapply for entry into this course.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute 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.


VTAC and direct entry 

Year 12 VTAC Applicants must:

  • complete a VTAC application 
  • book an interview
  • present a folio

Direct Entry Applicants (Non Year 12) must:

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

If you study this course with units from the Diploma of Graphic Design, you may apply for entry into the Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design and go on to further study in a university degree program.

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options

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

Government Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$8,181$13,431
Service Fee$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83
Material Fee$420$420
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$8,850$14,100
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$8,850$14,100

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Creative Design Hub

Box Hill Institute’s Creative Design Hub, located at our Nelson Campus, provides first-class leadership by showcasing best practices, support, and training in the vibrant world of design. The space offers photography and graphic design students the ability to collaborate with aspiring fashion designers, and includes sewing rooms, patternmaking tables, CAD rooms and a photographic studio. 

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