Offering Info

Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

  • National Course Code: CUA41115
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA41115-01V02-21NEP-115

Location – Nepean, Kingswood

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

19 Apr 2021

Study Commitment

22.2 Hours per week


18 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

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.

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 knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

Enrolment Application is online and no pre-requisites or portfolio is required at this level.

To successfully complete this course:

  • Learners are required to have basic literacy and numeracy skills and basic computer skills on entry to this course. These skills will be obtained at school level as all learners will have at least Year 10 or equivalent.
  • We require learners to sit an LLN assessment before the start of classes. If they do not have the required levels, we ask them to complete further preliminary study which adds to the volume of learning.
  • The program has been developed for full time student and will be delivered over18 weeks, 20 hours per week in class, 3 days per week face to face (including workplace simulations) and some blended delivery.
  • The delivery and content of this course has been discussed with industry who support the amount of hours of learning for this qualification.
  • Other supervised activities include: homework, excursions, exhibitions, field trips, industry talks, studio classes, Moodle forums and tasks & projects.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Full Time course. You will need to attend approximately 22.2 hours of class over 3-4 days a week for 18 weeks.

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 12 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 16 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study (homework), assignment preparation, work experience, field trips, exhibitions and research.


This course offering is designed for people wanting a career in photography.
They are usually school leavers, but some are seeking a career change.
Once complete, learners could enrol into the course CUA50915 Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging.
At the completion of the qualification, the learners may work in a range of industry contexts including commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course.
TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services.

Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday to Thursday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher. Days of attendance may change depending on staff availability and number of classes.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


Students are required to purchase the following resources prior to commencing the course:

  • A4 Visual Arts Diary
  • USB
  • black fineliner
  • A4 folder with plastic sleeves to store handouts

Students should have access to a digital camera and Portable HDD for use in class and for assessments. Students should also have access to a computer or laptop with appropriate software for using outside of class time.Other photographic equipment will be discussed at Orientation.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition


Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

A Unique Student Identifier is required prior to enrolment. To apply for your USI visit If you cannot remember your USI or if you have forgotten you have one, please visit the USI Website for assistance in retrieving your USI.

For further assistance, contact the WSI Service Centre on 131 870 to enrol.

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Core Units
Number Title
CUAPHI402 Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
CUAPHI401 Capture images in response to a brief
BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUAPHI301 Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge
CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
CUAACD401 Integrate colour theory and design processes
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
CUAPHI303 Process photo images to work-print and file stage
CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice
CUAPPR403 Store and maintain finished creative work
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAPHI302 Capture photographic images
ICPPRP422 Digitise complex images for reproduction
CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images
CUAPPR401 Realise a creative project
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

Nepean, Kingswood
Great Western Highway, Kingswood
Phone 131 601

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