Do you have a passion for photography? Use that passion to fuel a career and earn money with your camera. This course is designed to fit the needs of busy photographers who would like to extend their creativity and business skills, and push their technical camera and image editing skills even further. Photographers use this course to formalise their skills into a trade qualification, or to build a portfolio of professional industry-ready work.
Build your skills as a photo-imaging practitioner with this qualification. You will gain a sound theoretical knowledge base, enabling you to use a range of specialised and technical skills to successfully plan, carry out, and evaluate photo imaging services. You will be qualified to work across a range of industry contexts, including commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography.
- Discover the role and use of photo imaging in communication
- How to provide portrait services
- Produce technical photo images and an innovative presentation of professional work
- Learn technologies and skills in digital art creation and manipulation
- Provide freelance services
- Copyright and respect
CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
CUAPHI502 Research and apply photo imaging trends
CUAPPR404 Develop self as artist
CUAPHI505 Produce commercial photo images
CUAPHI513 Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work
CUAPHI504 Employ specialised imaging technologies
CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
CUAPHI509 Plan and produce visual art photo images
CUAPHI506 Provide photographic portrait services
CUAIND502 Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
CUAPHI507 Produce media photo images
CUAPHI503 Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques
CUAIND402 Provide freelance services
BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace
Assessments will be through your portfolio, given tasks and assignments. They must be received by the due date. Late submissions will only be accepted if an extension has been granted by your facilitator. Request for extension must be received electronically by your assessor one week prior to the due date. Failure to submit all your required assessments will mean that your result will be W – Withdrawn and you will need to re-enrol in the unit when it is next scheduled.
By successfully completing this course you will receive a nationally recognised AQF Qualification.
- Studio lead
- Artistic photographer
- Commercial photographer
- Production manager
- Blended – Teaching and assessment will be conducted on-campus and online.
- McKoy Street, Wodonga Vic (Main campus)
Full-time: 12 months
1 full day of delivery on campus (Wednesdays) and 2 days of self-directed learning.
There are no academic entry requirements for this qualification; however we recommend that you have completed Year 10 as a minimum and that you have a Certificate IV in Photo Imaging or related qualification, or have extensive vocational experience in photo imaging. Great candidates for this course have a good photographic eye, can quickly manipulate the camera's manual settings, and are a competent image editor in applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera Raw, or Capture One. If this sounds like you, we'd love to see your portfolio.
As part of the application process, you are required to provide a portfolio. Details of this are outlined below.
Please email the following responses to the 14 questions below to Photography teacher, Tania Martini (email@example.com)
1. A portfolio of 10 of your photographic images accompanied by a written explanation of your methods and intentions.
2. Write a review of your portfolio examining how successful you believe you were in realising your initial intentions.
3. What do you believe the interpretation of your work would be by other people?
4. Describe the lighting conditions of some of your images.
5. Include a statement about the type of photography you are interested in and why.
6. How have you managed to bring out the best in your images color and reproduction?
7. Talk about how copyright applies to your images.
8. Talk about a photographic technology or practice you would like to master during your Diploma.
9. What OHS responsibilities, policies and procedures have you had to consider within your own photo imaging practice?
10. If you could tell any story, create any set of images, or photograph any event, what would it be? Why?
11. What is one challenge you'll need to overcome before you can exhibit your work?
12. Talk about a photographer currently working in industry that you admire. What is it about their work that inspires you?
13. When planning a portrait shoot session with a client, what are some important things that must be planned for?
14. Please list the make and model of your camera and lenses (For example, Nikon D750, 70-200 f4, 50 1.4 and 24-70 2.8).
Please note: The production of your portfolio, text and their submission will constitute part of your assessment.
Government Funded $6,195.00 (Tuition $6,195.00, Materials $0.00)
Fee For Service $7,965.00 (Tuition $7,965.00, Materials $0.00)
Fees Additional Information
The student tuition fees published are indicative only and can be subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future. For more information see ‘Fee information and eligibility’ under the 'Apply Now' tab on the Wodonga TAFE website.
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How to apply
Apply via the ‘Apply online now’ button in the course information page. **Please note this course has a portfolio component in the application process. See entry requirements for details.** If the course is not available for online application, you can submit your enquiry via the online form below. Alternatively, please feel free to contact our friendly customer service team on 1300 69 8233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographers are encouraged to undertake a part-time or full-time paid subscription with LinkedIn Learning, which Wodonga TAFE liaises with for specific units/subjects.
Where applicants can show evidence of prior qualifications or experience in a related field, there may be an opportunity to apply for recognition to be given for previous study, knowledge, and/or skills resulting from work or life experience relevant to this qualification. Please contact the department for further information about skills recognition. If you have completed another related course you may be eligible to receive course credit. To apply for course credit you will be required to provide the following documentation with your enrolment form: certificates, transcripts, qualifications of previous related study, examples of work completed, or a portfolio of work.
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