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1 Year


This qualification is for people who want to work as a practitioner in the photo imaging sector. You will gain a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised and technical competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate photo imaging services.

  • The qualification applies to a range of industry contexts, including commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography, where you are required to: interpret photo imaging assignment briefs from a range of clients
  • consult with clients to refine objectives of photo imaging assignments
  • select appropriate technologies and workflows, to capture images, including type of camera, image recording media, lighting, post-capture processing and outputs
  • work from a studio or in a range of locations
  • employ aesthetic, conceptual, compositional and technical skills to realise outcomes
  • use a range of traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies when preparing, capturing and distributing image products.

Individuals must have the conceptual, technical and organisational skills to use 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 formal study,

Licensing /Regulatory Information - No Licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


Working as a practitioner in the photo imaging industry in a range of industry contexts, including:

  • art photographer
  • commercial/ advertising photographer
  • domestic portrait photographer
  • fashion photographer
  • industrial/ architectural photographer
  • media photographer
  • sports photographer
  • technical photographer (museum/ library/ gallery)
  • technical photographer (scientific/ medical/ forensic)
  • wedding photographer


When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledgeand skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

  • Submission of a portfolio, design or written task. Download document
  • Academic IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL (iBT) 60 or TAFE NSW English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

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    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Kingswood Feb , Apr , Jul , Oct A$11,790


    LocationsStarting DatesCourse Fees
    Kingswood Feb A$11,790


    Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


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    To receive this course students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

    Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit.

    • Packaging Rules Total number of units = 17
    • 3 core units plus 14 elective units of which
    • 4 units must be selected from Group A, 4 units must be selected from Group B, 3 units must be selected from Groups A,B or C
    • 3 units may be selected from the remaining listed electives or any currently endorsed training package qualification or accredited course at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level.
    • Elective units must be relevant to the work environment and the qualification maintain the integrity of the AQF alignment and contribute to a valid vocational outcome.
    • Core Units
    • 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
    • CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images
    • CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques
    • CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
    • CUAPHI503 Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
    • CUAPHI504 Employ specialised imaging technologies
    • CUAPHI514 Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
    • CUAPPR404 Develop self as artist
    • CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work
    • CUAPPR606 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
    • CUAPHI505 Produce commercial photo images
    • CUAPHI506 Provide photographic portrait services
    • CUAPHI507 Produce media photo images
    • CUAPHI508 Provide wedding photo imaging products
    • CUAPHI509 Plan and produce visual art photo images
    • CUAPHI510 Produce technical photo images
    • CUAPHI511 Make illustrative photo images for publication and display
    • CUAPHI512 Plan and produce stock photo images
    • BSBADM407 Administer projects
    • BSBCOM501 Identify and interpret compliance requirements
    • BSBCOM502 Evaluate and review compliance
    • BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process
    • BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
    • BSBDES501 Implement design solutions
    • BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
    • BSBEBU502 Implement e-business solutions
    • BSBFIM501 Manage budgets and financial plans
    • BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
    • BSBLED501 Develop a workplace learning environment
    • BSBMGT517 Manage operational plan
    • BSBMKG501 Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities
    • BSBMKG514 Implement and monitor marketing activities
    • BSBMKG524 Design effective user experiences
    • BSBMKG525 Design effective web search responses
    • BSBMKG526 Develop strategies to monitise digital engagement
    • BSBMKG527 Plan social media engagement
    • BSBMKG529 Manage client account
    • BSBMKG530 Create distributed multiplatform digital advertisements
    • BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
    • BSBREL401 Establish networks
    • BSBRSK501 Manage risk
    • BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
    • BSBSMB407 Manage a small team
    • BSBSMB413 Design a digital action plan for small business
    • BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
    • BSBWOR501 Manage personal work priorities and professional development
    • BSBWOR502 Lead and manage team effectiveness
    • CUAACD502 Create observational drawings
    • CUAACD503 Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
    • CUAACD505 Work with the human form in creative practice
    • CUAACD506 Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
    • CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice
    • CUAACD515 Manage specialised finishing processes
    • CUACMP511 Manage copyright arrangements
    • CUADIG401 Author interactive media
    • CUADIG402 Design user interfaces
    • CUADIG403 Create user interfaces
    • CUADIG502 Design digital applications
    • CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative field
    • CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
    • CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
    • CUAPOS402 Manage media assets
    • CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
    • CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice
    • CUAPPR504 Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
    • CUAPPR505 Establish and maintain safe creative practice
    • CUAPRE401 Implement preventive conservation activities
    • CUAPRI501 Refine printmaking techniques
    • CUAPRI502 Investigate printmaking materials and processes
    • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
    • SIRRMER516 Style merchandise for photography
    • SITXICT401 Build and launch a small business website


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