Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
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. You’ll 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 will help you demonstrate your work to employers and clients.
In this course, you will cover topics including:
- commercial, technical, illustrative and pre-press images
- photo imaging history
- trends and practice
- concept development
- colour management
- how to present a body of work
Art & Design
|Course Type||International TAFE Course|
|Campuses||Box Hill Campus|
|Tuition Fee Type||Estimated Annual Fee|
|Service Fees||Estimated Annual Fees|
|Service & Amenities*||$155.00|
|Core Skills Support**||$75.00|
|Annual Material Fees||$420.00|
|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.
A minimum IELTS overall score of 5.5 (Academic). A minimum TOEFL score of 530 for paper examination; 179 for computer based and 71 for Internet based.
For other accepted tests, please visit the English Language Requirements page.
Full time: 1 year
You must have:
- successfully completed Year 12 and the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging or
- be mature age with some relevant industry experience
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 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.
This course is government accredited and has national recognition
The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5
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 is comprised of 17 units (3 core and 14 electives) delivered over two semesters, with 6 or 7 subjects per semester.
|CUAPPR503||PRESENT A BODY OF OWN CREATIVE WORK||60.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use creative, technical and project management skills to produce a professional and innovative presentation of own creative work.
It applies to individuals who maintain an up-to-date presentation package or portfolio of creative work. The presentation or portfolio may be physical or virtual.
|BSBDES403||DEVELOP AND EXTEND DESIGN SKILLS AND PRACTICE||30.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and extend skills as a practising designer.
It applies to individuals who work as a designer, in any industry context, either independently or employed by an organisation.
Designers must continually refine, develop and evaluate their own conceptual and technical skills. Research, experimentation and collaboration are key factors in this process.
|CUAACD501||REFINE DRAWING AND OTHER VISUAL REPRESENTATION TOOLS||70.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use drawing and other visual representation tools to develop, refine and communicate ideas for creative work. The unit focus is on manual drawing development and refinement, and visual representation as cognitive tools in a professional practice, rather than a particular level of drawing technique.
It applies to individuals who are professional practitioners working in any area related to visual communication using drawing and other visual representation tools to support their practice.
|CUAGRD501||RESEARCH VISUAL COMMUNICATION HISTORY AND THEORY||55.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research visual communication history and theory and to apply that research to own professional practice.
It applies to individuals who are visual communication professionals. They carry out research independently and use information to provide context, inspiration and reference for contemporary design solutions.
|CUAGRD502||PRODUCE GRAPHIC DESIGNS FOR 2-D AND 3-D APPLICATIONS||60.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and produce a body of two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) graphic design work in response to a variety of visual communication challenges. Design work will show a well-developed command of relevant software programs and the creative ability to generate ideas to meet the different needs of design briefs.
It applies to individuals who work as graphic designers in a wide variety of industry contexts such as design studios, commercial printing, advertising, book and magazine publishing, television or the marketing division of any business.
|CUAGRD503||PRODUCE TYPOGRAPHIC DESIGN SOLUTIONS||60.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce professional typography for a wide range of communication needs.
Typographic design solutions may include advertisements, headlines, logotypes, signage systems, posters, charts or mass text applications.
It applies to individuals who use a broad range of digital and print applications in many different graphic design industry contexts.
|CUAGRD504||CREATE AND MANIPULATE GRAPHICS||60.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create and manipulate graphics using a combination of creative design skills and technical software proficiency.
It applies to individuals working in various industries such as graphic design, commercial printing, advertising, publishing, television and marketing. Individuals work independently and create original graphics or work with graphic objects created by others.
|CUAGRD505||DESIGN AND MANIPULATE COMPLEX LAYOUTS||65.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design complex publication layouts by combining creative design skills with technical software proficiency.
It applies to individuals working in various industry contexts such as graphic design, commercial printing, advertising, publishing, television and marketing. At this level, individuals work independently and are responsible for the overall layout design.
|CUAGRD506||DEVELOP GRAPHIC DESIGN PRACTICE TO MEET INDUSTRY NEEDS||60.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop an industry focus for graphic design practice and to adapt that practice to meet both current and emerging industry opportunities.
It applies to individuals who are developing a graphic design practice to meet different industry needs.
|BSBIPR401||USE AND RESPECT COPYRIGHT||50.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use and respect copyright. It covers maintaining control over the copyright owner's work, commercialising copyright material, preventing the unauthorised use of an original work and using other party's original work legitimately.
It applies to people who may be authors, creators or other owners of works covered by copyright. It also applies to employees who have a role in ensuring that their organisation's copyright is protected and or that their organisation uses others copyright appropriately to benefit the organisation without infringing the rights of copyright owners.
|BSBDES501||IMPLEMENT DESIGN SOLUTIONS||60.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to take a design concept or solution to the implementation stage. The outcome of work could be a completed product, object, system or service, but is more likely to be a complete or partial prototype or model for the design. The focus of the unit is on a general knowledge of design techniques and processes, and practical application to a specific design context.
It applies to individuals who implement concepts and solutions in response to a design challenge in any industry context.
|CUAACD503||SELECT AND REFINE A SPECIALISED DRAWING TECHNIQUE||45.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to refine a particular drawing technique to a high level of technical expertise.
It applies to professional practitioners with a high level of drawing proficiency working in many industries. The particular drawing technique may be electronic, manual, technical or artistic and will vary depending on the needs of the practice.
|CUAACD506||REFINE 2-D DESIGN IDEAS AND PROCESSES||70.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to extend understanding and use of two-dimensional (2-D) design ideas and processes for the production of work at a professional level.
It applies to individuals who work with a wide and potentially complex range of ideas about 2-D design.
|CUAACD507||REFINE 3-D DESIGN IDEAS AND PROCESSES||70.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to extend understanding and use of three-dimensional (3-D) design ideas and processes for the production of work at a professional level.
It applies to individuals who work with a wide and potentially complex range of ideas about 3-D design.
|CUADIG403||CREATE USER INTERFACES||50.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create a user interface for an interactive media product.
It applies to individuals who respond to design specifications and generate a range of design options that incorporate user-centred design principles and comply with platform standards. They work in a team environment with some supervision or guidance.
|CUAILL501||DEVELOP PROFESSIONAL ILLUSTRATIONS||70.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to create illustrations using advanced compositional skills in both print and digital formats. It involves experimentation with different approaches and techniques for communication of key messages.
It applies to highly skilled illustrators who work with a high level of independence seeking mentoring and guidance as required.
|CUAPHI514||PREPARE DIGITAL IMAGES FOR PRE-PRESS PROCESSING||45.0|
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare client image files for pre-press processing.
It applies to individuals who possess the self-directed skills and knowledge to process image files prior to printing.
|CUAIND401||EXTEND EXPERTISE IN SPECIALIST CREATIVE FIELDS||45.0|
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required by those working in the creative industries to add depth to expertise in a specialist field or technique. Fields include dance, music, cultural heritage, screen and media, visual arts, craft and design. The unit is particularly applicable in contexts where techniques require a high level of skill and coordination.
At this level, work would usually be undertaken with limited guidance and specialists could also be responsible for mentoring others on the job. Depending on the specialist area, guidance from mentors and experienced practitioners could be expected.