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  • CUA50915 / CUA60715

Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging / Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

Dual award
At a glance

At a glance

Shed some light on professional photography by enrolling in the Diploma of Photoimaging / Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (Focus on Photography). Our highly experienced industry professionals will teach you both the art and science of photography.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Photographer
  • Photographer's Assistant
  • Photo Re-toucher/Enhancer
  • Photographic Designer
COURSE OUTCOME

CUA50915 / CUA60715 Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging / Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts

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Course overview

Course overview

Shed some light on professional photography by enrolling in the Diploma of Photoimaging / Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts (Focus on Photography). Our highly experienced industry professionals will teach you both the art and science of photography through a combination of intense hands on tuition sessions in our industry-standard commercial studio and digital imaging labs – all equipped with the latest creative imaging software applications.

You’ll develop knowledge in current trends in the rapidly evolving and changing aspects of digital imaging and traditional practice. On top of that you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in key areas including commercial photography, wedding and portrait photography, sports photography, food photography and other emerging specialities. This comprehensive approach means you can experience a variety of photoimaging disciplines before deciding on a major project, where you’ll show off your own signature style. This major project is then presented for your final assessment, and also serves as a valuable marketing tool to further your photographic career. You’ll also get to participate in photography industry excursions, which will give you the opportunity to shoot models in the studio, fashion on the beach and cars on location.

The course is vocationally orientated and provides diverse, professional and exciting outcomes. To increase employment opportunities, our students regularly enter state and national photography competitions. This qualification will provide you with theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised and technical competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate photoimaging services – in a range of industry contexts including commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all 24 units of competency

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
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
CUAACD601
Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
CUAPPR505
Establish and maintain safe creative practice
CUAPPR601
Originate a body of independent creative work
CUAPPR603
Engage in the business of creative practice
CUAPPR604
Publicly present a body of own creative work
CUARES602
Extend cultural research expertise
BSBCRT601
Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CUAPHI403
Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
CUAPHI503
Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
CUAPPR503
Present a body of own creative work
CUAPHI505
Produce commercial photo images
CUAPHI506
Provide photographic portrait services
CUAPHI507
Produce media photo images
CUADIG405
Produce innovative digital images
CUAPPR605
Evolve ideas for professional creative work
CUAPPR606
Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
CUADIG508
Refine digital art techniques
CUAPHI511
Make illustrative photo images for publication and display
CUAACD504
Research and apply light and colour
CUAACD512
Work with photomedia in creative practice
CUAIND402
Provide freelance services
CUAPPR502
Develop own sustainable professional practice

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 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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

To enter this qualification, individuals must have the conceptual, technical and organisational skills to use of 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

Entry into this course is via an application process that includes 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.

A Portfolio is to be submitted upon application. In approximately 250 words explain why you want to be a photographer and what your expectations of the course are. 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.

Please note: An interview may be required if not enough evidence is provided.

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 - view a list of all English Language tests 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.  View more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.

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

Cameras: Access to or having your own Digital SLR camera is highly advisable. A Digital SLR will be essential as you progress through the course. The market for technology changes rapidly and current recommendations and options will be discussed at your orientation session

Software: Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard image editing application. Photoimaging Students can buy this professional software at reduced prices (subject to availability). Further information will be supplied at orientation.

Computer: A PC or Mac computer capable of running Adobe Photoshop. Further details and options will be discussed at orientation.

You should also allow approximately $250 extra per semester for expenses such as photographic paper and prints, folio presentations and other miscellaneous items. These items will be essential in presenting your work in a professional manner consistent with current industry standards.

Need to know

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There is an opportunity to receive a great insight into our program and studio facilities by arranging a tour directly with our Centre for Creative and Digital. During the tour you will be able to meet the teaching team and ask any questions you may have about the program. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet our current Diploma students and see some of their very creative work in progress. To arrange a tour please email our Centre for Creative and Digital at DeliverySupportCentreCreativeandDigital.EastCoast@tafe.qld.edu.au

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 enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

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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 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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland