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Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

  • National Course Code: CUA50915
  • TAFE NSW code: CUA50915-01V02-21KCL-015

Location – Kingscliff

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

20.3 Hours per week


32 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally recognised Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging will strengthen your talent, technical and leadership skills and help you to become a professional photographer. In this hands-on course, you will learn traditional and contemporary techniques from experts in the field in state-of-the-art facilities.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Apply photo imaging trends
  • Use colour management in digital imaging
  • Utilise visual communication
  • Refine digital art techniques
  • Build and launch a small business website


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Organisational skills
  • Problem solving abilities
  • Creative vision and design thinking
  • Excellent collaboration skills and the ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Diploma level
  • A portfolio of your work
  • Skills and knowledge to start your own freelance business

Career opportunities:

  • Photographer


Develop your skills with these further study options:

  • Diploma of Creative Practice
  • Bachelor of Creative Practice with a TAFE NSW degree
  • Bachelor of Arts (Photography)


From portraits to fashion shoots, weddings to social media marketing, no two days are the same when you are a professional photographer. This specialist creative field is forecast to increase by 1.6% over the next five years, with clients coming from diverse sectors including education, wedding and events, tourism and hospitality fields.

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.

To be selected for a place in this course, you will need to demonstrate:

  • The successful completion of the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging or its equivalent
  • Intermediate conceptual and technical camera and photo imaging skills

Your experience can be gained through formal study or from your experience in a creative field.

Evidence required

  • A certificate or transcript of your Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging or its equivalent or
  • A portfolio demonstrating your photography and photo imaging work or
  • A resume outlining your experience in photography and photo imaging


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Design thinking ability
  • The ability to find solutions to complex problems
  • Confident communication 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:

  • Existing skills and knowledge the equivalent of a Certificate IV in Photography or Photo-imaging or equivalent qualification/experience e.g. one year of university or industry experience determined by Portfolio screening.
  • A portfolio to present of 10 digital images of relevant photographs and/or photo-imaging demonstrating relevant skills, plus an interview to confirm suitability.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Access to Adobe Creative Cloud software
  • Access to a Digital SLR camera
  • Access to lighting (optional)

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 11.3 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 32 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 9 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, assignment preparation and recommended reading lists.


To enter this qualification, 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 portfolio 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 through formal study.

Students will articulate from a Certificate IV in Photography or Photo -imaging or equivalent qualification/ experience e.g. one year of university or industry experience determined by Portfolio screening. Screening involves applicants presenting a portfolio of 10 digital images of relevant photographs and/or photo-imaging demonstrating relevant skills, plus an interview to confirm suitability.

Participants should own a Digital SLR camera and need access to Adobe Creative Cloud application.


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 for 2 days a week. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


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.

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


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.


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

  • Digital SLR Camera (could be purchaed after course commencement): $400 to $1000
  • Tripod (optional) - $300
  • Software - $400

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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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
CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
CUAPHI513 Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
CUAPHI502 Research and apply photo imaging trends
Elective Units
Number Title
CUAPHI503 Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
CUAPPR606 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
BSBCRT501 Originate and develop concepts
CUAPHI512 Plan and produce stock photo images
BSBMKG527 Plan social media engagement
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work
CUAPHI505 Produce commercial photo images
CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images
CUAPHI507 Produce media photo images
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
CUAPHI506 Provide photographic portrait services
BSBPMG522 Undertake project work
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
CUAACD512 Work with photomedia in creative practice

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

Cudgen Road, Kingscliff
Phone 131 601

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