Enter the exciting world of professional photography as you learn technical skills and creative know-how. Develop your abilities to work with creative briefs and grow your portfolio of high-quality images.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Use and maintain your camera equipment
Process photo images to their final stages using industry-standard programs
Integrate colour theory and design
Work with clients and models
Understand the laws and regulations of the photography industry
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level
Specialist skills to perform portfolio-based photography which can include location shoots, portraiture, landscape, commercial and collection management photography
Confidence in working with clients by responding to a creative brief
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An interest in using digital and analogue technologies
Some knowledge of digital photography technology, including cameras and camera accessories
Experience working with computers, including using browsers, and opening, saving and being able to retrieve files
The ability to travel to off-site locations
Access to a digital SLR or mirrorless camera that offers a manual exposure mode and can trigger studio flash lighting equipment, at least one zoom lens, and related basic photographic and data storage equipment
Confidence in communicating with clients or models
Good organisational and self-presentation skills
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: photographer (freelance), photographer’s assistant (studio), compositor, digital retoucher and minilab retail assistant.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging does not have any pre-requisite courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 units of competency, including 7 core and 8 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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