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Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

  • National Course Code: CUA41115
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA41115-01V02-21NEP-203

Location – Nepean, Kingswood


Full Time



Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

31.7 Hours per week


18 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally recognised Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging develops the practical skills and knowledge you need to work as a professional photographer. Develop your abilities with camera technology, editing software, and work with clients to produce quality images every time.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Use and maintain your camera equipment
  • Utilise studio and exterior lighting techniques
  • Process photo images to their final stages using industry standard programs
  • Integrate colour theory and design
  • Interpret the history and theories of photography
  • Manage client briefs and models
  • Understand the laws and regulations of the photography industry


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Creativity
  • Attention to detail
  • An interest in technical skills
  • Effective communication and people skills
  • Patience and flexibility
  • An aptitude for working independently and with others
  • Time management skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own business

Career opportunities:

  • Professional photographer in fields like retail, commercial, portrait, wedding, illustrative, drone photography, event, sports, food, marketing, real estate, social media or stock imagery
  • Studio assistant
  • Visual artist


Expand your opportunities with these further study options:

  • Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
  • Bachelor of Creative Practice

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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. You can enrol now.


TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the photography industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


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
  • The ability to travel to off-site locations
  • Access to digital camera equipment, which excludes smartphone technology
  • Confidence in communicating with clients or models
  • Good organisational and self-presentation skills

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


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.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you:

  • 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 a Literacy, Language and Numeracy (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.

No pre-requisites or portfolio is required at this level.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a full time, blended delivery course. You will need to attend approximately 19.7 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, workplace simulations, work experience, field trips, exhibitions and research. The delivery and content of this course has been discussed with industry who support the amount of hours of learning for this qualification.

Please note: Days of attendance may be subject to change depending on staff availability and number of classes.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are wanting a career in photography.
  • 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 is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • 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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30am to 4.30pm, and Thursday from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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?


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • A4 Visual Arts Diary
  • USB
  • Black Fineliner
  • A4 Folder with plastic sleeves to store handouts
  • Digital Camera
  • Portable HDD
  • Computer or Laptop with appropriate software

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 the orientation session.


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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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

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

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.

Course Location

Nepean, Kingswood
Great Western Highway, Kingswood
Phone 131 601

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