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Photography Beyond the Basics

Non-accredited Short Course

Explore the photography world and become more confident with your photos!

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Nambour Start date: 17 Apr 2023 Duration: 6 weeks
STUDY LOCATIONS Gold Coast Sunshine Coast
Full Fee

Course overview

Photography today is firmly established as both an art form and an essential tool in communication. If you already know how to operate your camera and are comfortable with your knowledge of most of its functions, this is the course you are looking for. Learn how to put that “wow” factor into your digital photos.

This is a course for those who already know how to operate their Digital SLR camera at a basic level, and now want to take their skills to the next level.

Whether you take photos for pleasure or want a career, your teacher will teach you to get your camera off autopilot and get the most out of your Digital SLR. A quick grounding in the basics and legal issues is followed by practical use of your camera in a day shoot with a special subject, and a night shoot in a secret location.

You will receive homework every week followed by plenty of discussion about your own photos.  Expect a creative and inspiring work environment that is very hands-on.

Learn how to use every feature on your DSLR including lenses, shutters, aperture, ISO and their relationships.  Discover creative depth of field, composition, tips and techniques, lighting and presentation.


This short course is non-accredited therefore is not registered with the National Training Register.

Course outcome:

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Ways to study
02 May 2023
8 weeks
6.30pm - 9.00pm
  • Full fee: $395
17 Apr 2023
6 weeks
Part time 1 evening per week 5:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Full fee: $395

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Photography Beyond the Basics (NONAC10006)

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Photography Beyond the Basics

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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Important Information

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Students of any age can participate - you just need to display an enthusiasm for photography and the desire to learn.

You must have a Digital SLR camera or a mirrorless camera with memory card and basic knowledge of camera operation. Camera accessories such as a tripod, flash and lenses are an advantage.

Resources required
  • You should bring a digital SLR camera or a mirrorless camera and a pen and pad for note taking.
  • There will be casual and open discussions on all topics.
  • Camera and creativity must always be present.

Gold Coast

  • You will need to present your Confirmation of Enrolment to the car park attendant each week to be eligible for discounted parking.
  • We recommend using public transport or
  • If you are driving, BEFORE you arrive, please download the EasyPark App, set up your account and enter this code in full: 321988139 to recognise TAFE as the location. 
    Parking can be accessed via Paddington Place. ONLY park in the spaces marked with the Red TAFE Queensland logo on either B1 or B2 to avoid being fined by Easy Park. 
    Please be aware that parking spaces can fill early.
Need to know

Course commencement is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

Gold Coast
During this course there will be up to two lessons scheduled off-campus “on location shoots” which may be on weekends (a daytime shoot and also a night shoot), locations are on the Gold Coast.  These shoots substitute on-campus time and are weather permitting.  This will be discussed in your first class to give students plenty of notice.


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
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.