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CUA50920 | 107531F

Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging

Add some extra flair to your career in photography by learning the latest in digital photography trends with this advanced course.

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TIME 1 year / Full Time NEXT START DATE 11 Jul 2022
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Sunshine Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On Campus International
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
JobTrainer
$140
Concession
$10,915
Subsidised
$11,985
Full Fee
$15,525
International
$17,000
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Course overview

Add some extra flair to your career in photography by learning the latest in digital photography trends with this advanced course. Get the skills you need to work as a digital photographer across a diverse range of disciplines including portrait, wedding, commercial, documentary, editorial, landscape, real estate, event, sports or fashion photography.

The Australian Government's Job Outlook service reports the number of people working as photographers grew very strongly over the past five years. Job prospects for qualified photographers are expected to remain strong with around 9,000 job openings anticipated over the next five years.

This course will equip you with professional, specialised skills to carry out photography and imaging services. Learn about emerging trends and technologies and capture knowledge in lighting, image manipulation and digital art. You will also learn how to build and develop a body of your own creative work. Our teaching staff are the best in the business and will give you the one-on-one guidance needed to prepare you for the future of the industry.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a commercial photographer or digital retoucher. It will also give you the foundation skills needed to undertake further studies in your field.

What can I do?

  • Photographer's Assistant
  • Photographer
  • Digital Retoucher /Enhancer
  • Photographic Designer
  • Compositor

Course outcome:

CUA50920 Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging

JobTrainer Funded Course

This course is eligible for JobTrainer funding, meaning it could be $140 for eligible school-leavers, young people and job seekers looking to develop new skills. Training is proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland and jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government. Learn more >

Pathways to university

TAFE Queensland's partnership with Australia's top universities means you'll be credited for your time with us if you upgrade your qualification. Successful completion of your Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging will give you guaranteed entry into a Bachelor of Visual Arts with the University of Canberra, delivered on our South Bank campus.

What you will study.

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 13 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPHI523
    Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPHI523
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage the integrity and effectiveness of colour across digital imaging devices.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPHI531
    Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPHI531
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research, implement and evaluate the role of visual communication theory in photo imaging work.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPHI532
    Research and apply photo imaging trends and emerging technologies
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPHI532
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to investigate photo imaging trends and emerging technologies and assess their creative and commercial applications.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Research and apply photo imaging trends and emerging technologies

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPHI533
    Explore and apply photo lighting techniques
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPHI533
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce creative photo images using photo lighting techniques.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Explore and apply photo lighting techniques

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $140
  • Concession: $10,915
  • Subsidised: $11,985
  • Full fee: $15,525
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Tuesday
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $140
  • Concession: $10,915
  • Subsidised: $11,985
  • Full fee: $15,525
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $17,000
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $17,000
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 2 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $17,000
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • JobTrainer: $140
  • Concession: $10,915
  • Subsidised: $11,985
  • Full fee: $15,525
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Full time 2 days per week
Monday, Tuesday
Classroom
  • JobTrainer: $140
  • Concession: $10,915
  • Subsidised: $11,985
  • Full fee: $15,525
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $17,000
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time
Classroom
  • International: $17,000
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
1 year
Full time 2 days per week
Classroom
  • International: $17,000

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Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging (CUA50920)

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Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging

COURSE CODE: CUA50920
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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VET Student Loan - $10,813 cap

This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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International student payment

Our preferred payment method is telegraphic transfer or credit card using Western Union Global Pay for Students or the Flywire Payment Portal. Western Union and Flywire both allow you to complete your payment in your own currency using a telegraphic transfer with no processing fees or delays. 
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Important Information

Read this before applying.

Entry requirements

To enter this qualification, students must have the conceptual, technical and organisational skills to use a range of professional digital and/or film cameras and accessories to produce a folio of photo imaging work that demonstrates the ability to respond effectively to different photo imaging challenges and requirements.

Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience, or through formal study.

Selection criteria

Domestic and International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to Domestic and International Students:

Entry into this course is via an application process that may include an interview and submission of a portfolio of photographic work with an outline of the following:

  • reflection on the idea and concept behind the image represented
  • photographic equipment used to create the image
  • computer and programs utilised within the process
  • concepts and techniques used to create the final image.

 

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 12 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.
  • A Portfolio is to be submitted upon application. In approx 250 words explain why you want to be a photographer and what are your expectations of the course. Your folio should demonstrate your skill in communicating and composing images with a camera.It is acceptable for the images to be processed and printed commercially. Please indicate if the work has been processed and printed by you.​Include 10-15 black and white or colour images.
    There are 5 set and 10 optional topics. Set topics:

1. A character portrait of a family member or friend.
2. A landscape or architectural image.
3. An advertising image that would be used to sell a product.
4. An abstract design / composition.
5. A self-portrait / self -image.

Please identify each set topic. Plus 5 - 10 photographic images of your choice.
Submit your portfolio in an A4 folder with plastic sleeves if possible otherwise electronic copies are acceptable. 

Applicants should be a minimum of 17 years of age and turning 18 during the first year of study with TAFE Queensland. International students who are under 18 years of age and are applying for a student visa are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place.  TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services (fees apply).

Resources Required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will also be required to have access to and bring to class a portable external hard drive, 35mm DSLR camera with two interchangeable lenses (that can be operated manually for shutter speed, aperture and focus), and potentially a colour checker passport for use with the camera. For the purpose of the qualification the Nikon D800/D600 or Canon 5D meet the minimum standards required.

It is also recommended that you have access to a computer capable of running Adobe Creative Suite software, which can be purchased after enrolment to access a student discount price.

Throughout the duration of the program, you may also be required to incur printing costs up to the value of $500.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University Pathways.

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

For International students

International students can either apply directly through our TAFE Queensland International Application portal, or through one of our education agents. Our registered agents can assist you with your visa application and guide you through the enrolment process. If you are from this list of countries, you will need to apply through an agent.
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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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