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Photography courses

Photography courses offer students a chance to expand on their technical photography skills and learn how to apply their expertise within a business setting.

Courses in this sector are formulated to equip you with the practical skills and background knowledge you need to accomplish innovative, detailed photographic tasks within any organisation.

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Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

Course code: CUA50915

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have professional level specialised, technical and theoretical skills to plan, carry out and evaluate photo imaging services. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of design theory and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Practitioners may work in a range of industry contexts, including commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography. Licensing/Regulatory Information No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

Course code: CUA41115

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply a broad range of technical skills in photo imaging, including lighting, image capture, enhancements and manipulation and output. Practice at this level is predominately digital. It is underpinned by the application of integrated technical, theoretical and historical knowledge of photo imaging and the ability to develop concepts and solutions in response to a brief. Practitioners may work in a range of industry contexts, including retail, commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography. Licensing/Regulatory Information No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

TAFE Plus Statement in Open Studio Practice - Photography

Course code: 158-28875V01

This program provides access to the NSI studios and facilities so you can improve your skills by developing your own work. The studios and facilities are under the supervision of a skilled TAFE teacher who can provide tutorial assistance. Costs include an allocation for materials.

Statement of Attainment in Photography and Photoshop for Beginners

Course code: 160-17184V01

Taught by a professional photographer, this course will feature photography and Photoshop techniques for beginners.

TAFE Plus Statement in Art Access

Course code: 167-28942V01

By selecting an Art Access specialisation from drawing, life drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, art history and theory, participants will join with other students under tutelage of acclaimed artists from Newcastle Art School. Classes can be changed to try different specialisation at a negotiated point in your program.

Certificate III in Design Fundamentals

Course code: CUA30715

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are developing a broad range of technical and conceptual design skills and who take responsibility for own outputs in work and learning. Practice at this level is underpinned by the application of introductory design theory and history. Licensing/Regulatory Information No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Certificate III in Make-Up

Course code: SHB30215

This qualification reflects the role of individuals employed as make-up artists to design and apply make-up for a range of purposes and occasions across the beauty, fashion, media and entertainment industries. These individuals possess a range of well-developed technical and consultation skills where discretion and judgement is required and are responsible for their own outputs. This includes working cooperatively with a range of individuals including photographers, fashion stylists and media production staff. Work is typically conducted as part of a team or on a freelance basis in settings such as make-up studios, retail cosmetic counters, fashion and media sets and photography studios. No occupational licensing, certification or specific legislative requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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What job opportunities could a photography course lead to?

A photography course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from travelling to war-torn countries as a photojournalist to editing and repurposing images as a digital retoucher. Qualifications in photography can lead to a job as a studio manager, photographer, digital operator or a photographic assistant.

Photography is a growing industry and there are currently 13,000 photographers employed in Australia. 

Whether you're just starting out in your photography career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE courses in the area include Digital Photography Introduction, Photography and Photo Imaging, Visual Arts, Traditional Illustration Techniques, Capturing, producing and editing digital images and Black and White photographic printing.