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  • CUA50915 / CUA60715

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

Double 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 core and 11 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
CUAPPR604
Publicly present a body of own creative work
BSBCRT601
Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity
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
CUARES602
Extend cultural research expertise

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME Unit information
CUADIG508
Refine digital art techniques
CUAPPR606
Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
CUAPPR503
Present a body of own creative work
CUAPHI503
Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
CUAPHI505
Produce commercial photo images
CUAPHI506
Provide photographic portrait services
CUAPHI507
Produce media photo images
CUAPHI508
Provide wedding photo imaging services
BSBSMB413
Design a digital action plan for small business
CUAACD505
Work with the human form in creative practice
CUACMP501
Manage copyright arrangements

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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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

Entry into this program is via an interview with the teacher. Students should bring samples of their work either in print or electronically and can meet the teachers and see the facilities.

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 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