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CUA31120

Certificate III in Visual Arts

Focus on Photography

Explore your love of photography with this entry-level course. Develop the skills you need to get your foot in the door as an assistant photographer or to pursue further study.

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: South Bank Start date: 23 Jan 2023 Duration: 6 months
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Sunshine Coast
WAYS TO STUDY On campus TAFE at School
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$555 - $660
Subsidised
$555 - $660
Full Fee
$4,995
TAFE at School Full Fee
$3,590
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Course overview

Explore your love of photography with this entry-level course and get the skills you need to enter the industry as an assistant photographer or pursue further study. This qualification provides introductory skills required for employment within both art and commercial areas of 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. 

In this course you'll gain experience in studio photography, darkroom techniques, and digital imaging post production. You'll also have the opportunity to work with industry-standard equipment associated with professional studio production.  Explore visual communication through photography and utilise software to edit your images.

Successful completion of this course will equip you with the skills required to enter the photography industry as an assistant photographer or photography studio assistant. You'll also be well-equipped to continue on to the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging and further study.

What can I do?

  • Assistant Photographer
  • Photography studio assistant

Course outcome:

CUA31120 Certificate III in Visual Arts

Hands-on learning

Take control of your learning with practical assignments and the freedom to choose your style of photography. We'll teach you both the art and science of photography through a combination of intense hands-on tuition sessions paired with the latest industry knowledge and techniques.

Industry-standard studios

Our learning spaces are more than just classrooms. You'll be learning in a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art photography studio under the guidance of our highly-experienced team of industry professionals.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 8 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • BSBWHS211
    Contribute to the health and safety of self and others
    UNIT CODE :
    BSBWHS211
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in a manner that is healthy and safe in relation to self and others, and to assist in responding to incidents.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Contribute to the health and safety of self and others

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAACD311
    Produce drawings to communicate ideas
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAACD311
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce drawings that represent and communicate ideas. It does not relate to drawing as an art form. It involves planning drawing work, experimenting with ideas and producing drawings.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Produce drawings to communicate ideas

  • UNIT CODE
  • CUAPPR311
    Produce creative work
    UNIT CODE :
    CUAPPR311
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to plan and produce creative work in any media. Work is typically produced through exploration of ideas, techniques, tools, equipment and materials.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Produce creative work

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  • CUARES301
    Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice
    UNIT CODE :
    CUARES301
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess the relevance of historical and theoretical information for application to own arts practice.
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  • Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice

Ways to study
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 2 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 2 days per week
Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,590
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 2 days per week
Classroom
  • Concession: $660
  • Subsidised: $660
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Nambour
23 Jan 2023
6 months
Full time 2 days per week
Thursday, Friday
Classroom
  • Concession: $555
  • Subsidised: $555
  • Full fee: $4,995
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
30 Jan 2023
4 terms
Part time 1 day per week
Classroom
  • TAFE at School Full Fee: $3,590

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Certificate III in Visual Arts (CUA31120)

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Certificate III in Visual Arts

COURSE CODE: CUA31120
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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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Resources required

It is recommended that students have an digital SLR or DSLR camera. There may be additional costs incurred to print your final portfolio assessment.

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. 

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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