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  • CUA50915
  • 090488C 

Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

At a glance

At a glance

Upgrade your career in photography with this advanced-level course that will give you the skills to become a commercial photographer or printmaker.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Printmaker
COURSE OUTCOME

CUA50915 Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

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Course overview

Course overview

Take your career in photography to the next level with this advanced course. You'll be qualified to work as a commercial photographer or printmaker across a diverse range of disciplines in the creative industries. You will get the transferable skills to work in portrait, wedding, commercial, documentary, editorial, landscape or fashion photography, or pursue a career as a visual artist.

This course will give you the specialised training to communicate through visual images; produce images for publication and display; build and launch a small business website; and financially plan and market a small business. 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 printmaker. It will also give you the foundation skills needed to undertake further studies in your field.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 14 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME Unit information
CUAPHI501
Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
CUAPHI502
Research and apply photo imaging trends
CUAPHI513
Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME Unit information
Darling Downs and South West
BSBSMB401
Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
CUADIG405
Produce innovative digital images
CUAPHI503
Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
CUAPHI511
Make illustrative photo images for publication and display
CUAPHI504
Employ specialised imaging technologies
CUAPPR503
Present a body of own creative work
CUAPHI505
Produce commercial photo images
CUAPHI506
Provide photographic portrait services
CUAPHI507
Produce media photo images
SITXICT401
Build and launch a small business website
BSBSMB403
Market the small business
BSBSMB402
Plan small business finances
CUAPHI514
Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
Greater Brisbane
CUAPHI512
Plan and produce stock photo images
CUADIG405
Produce innovative digital images
CUAPHI503
Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
CUAPHI506
Provide photographic portrait services
CUAPHI507
Produce media photo images
CUAPHI505
Produce commercial photo images
CUAPHI511
Make illustrative photo images for publication and display
BSBCRT501
Originate and develop concepts
CUAPPR503
Present a body of own creative work
CUAPPR502
Develop own sustainable professional practice
CUAIND402
Provide freelance services
CUADIG508
Refine digital art techniques
CUAACD512
Work with photomedia in creative practice
CUAPHI509
Plan and produce visual art photo images
Other
BSBCRT601
Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
BSBSMB413
Design a digital action plan for small business
CUAACD505
Work with the human form in creative practice
CUACMP501
Manage copyright arrangements
CUAPHI508
Provide wedding photo imaging services
CUAPPR505
Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAPPR604
Publicly present a body of own creative work
CUAPPR606
Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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This is the total cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Money IconVet Student Loan - $10,150 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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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


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. 

Students should be a minimum of 18 years of age. Student visa applicants under the age of 18 will be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. This arrangement requires the approval of the Department of Home Affairs.  For more information visit Department of Home Affairs - Welfare Requirements for Student Visa Applicants under 18.

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, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. 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.

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.

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 enrolments.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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 will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland