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Photography careers give you a chance to expand on your technical photography skills and learn how to apply your expertise within a business setting. Courses can lead to a number of job opportunities, from travelling as a photojournalist to editing and repurposing images as a digital retoucher. TAFE NSW qualifications can also lead to a job as a studio manager, photographer, digital operator or a photographic assistant.

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Julijana Griffiths

"I have learnt so much, this goes much deeper than previous workshops I had attended or YouTube tutorials. This is on a different level."

Julijana, photography student

Photographer Julijana Griffiths says she knew how to take photographs and knew her camera – but needed to formalise her knowledge. Studying Photography at TAFE NSW was the natural way to enhance her career skills.

"My TAFE NSW teachers used their industry connections to offer real-life photography experiences," says Julijana. "My teacher Linda still works in the industry and shares her working scenarios with us, that’s a great dimension to have."

The results were astounding: Julijana made the final stages of Capture magazine Australasia's Top Emerging Photographer Competition 2018; and the nation's largest photography competition, Head On.

Check out some images from Julijana's photo-essay Prisoner of Age, submitted to Capture. It features images of her father, Gordon.

Photos: Julijana Griffiths

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What job opportunities could a photography course lead to?

Are you looking to transform your passion for photography into a career?

At TAFE NSW, our Photography Courses are run by industry experts, who will teach you a combination of technical skills and creative photography techniques to further develop your portfolio and individual style.

Through hands-on learning experiences and practices, you'll be able to study across a number of industry areas from food, weddings and fashion photography.

Our Photography short courses, diplomas and certificates are industry accredited and will provide you with the qualifications for a potential career as a:

  • Studio manager
  • Wedding photographer and videographer
  • Digital operator
  • Photo studio assistant
  • Digital retoucher
  • Photojournalist

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

Additional TAFE NSW courses in the area include Digital Photography Introduction, Photography and Photo Imaging, Visual Arts, Traditional Illustration Techniques, Capturing, Producing & Editing digital images, and Black & White photographic printing.