Course Start Date
31.7 Hours per week
- Nationally Recognised Training
- Traineeship Allowed
- This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
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.
LEARN NEW SKILLS
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 YOUR TALENT
Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:
- 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
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
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
- 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
GROW YOUR CAREER
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This course is superseded.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.
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.
IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?
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.
MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE
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.
SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT
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
- 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 Lynda.com)
- 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.
SMART AND SKILLED FEES
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
- 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.
READ BEFORE YOU ENROL
Learn about TAFE NSW Fees
Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding
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
|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|
|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|
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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