CUA41120 Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging

Course CRICOS code: 106531C

Express yourself and explore your passion for photography with the Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging. This certificate provides you with an introduction to camera and capture techniques, understanding light, post production/editing using Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom, working to a brief and understanding visual elements of photography.  You will gain the practical, theoretical and creative skills to allow you to begin your career in the photography industry.

Start Dates



38 Weeks

Study: 26 weeks // Supervised Study: 3 weeks // Holidays: 9 weeks

Delivery Mode


14 hrs / week


6 hrs / week

Potential Career Outcomes

Freelance Photographer // Photography Assistant // Photography Store Assistant



Gold Coast

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirement:

Students must provide evidence of successful completion of:

  • Certificate IV or Diploma requires a minimum of Year 12 OR a minimum of a Certificate III level qualification or higher
  • If there is no evidence of the above, the student must sit the Entrepreneur Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Test and achieve a satisfactory result


Please note: Home country evidence is accepted and must be translated


English Entry Requirement:

Students must pass a minimum of one of the following English Requirements:

  • Upper Intermediate Certificate or higher
  • Certificate IV level or higher qualification in Australia
  • IELTS 5.5-6, FCE Grade B or C, CAE 160-179, TOEFL 72-94, TOEIC 400-485 (listening), 385-450 (reading)
  • Entrepreneur Education English Test, achieving at least Upper Intermediate level


Please note: All English evidence provided must be within a 2 year validity period. Either within two years before the application is made, or within two years of the visa grant


Course Resource Requirements:

The following resources are required to complete this course:

  • Camera: Essential – DSLR Camera body or similar (preferably Canon or Nikon)
  • Preferable: Tripod and camera flash (such as: Canon 430EX/580EX or Nikon SB700/SB900)
  • Computer Requirements: Students will require continual access to their own laptop computer during class and outside of class to meet distance education requirements.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite: must have a subscription to the current version.
  • Computer System Requirements:



Please note: students are required to purchase these items at their own expense


You may be eligible for Credit Transfers if you hold the same unit(s) from another provider. To be eligible; you must present your certified qualification at enrolment stage, together with the completed ‘Course Credit Form’. Once assessed, you will be notified of the outcome. Should your achieved units be equivalent, your CoE/course duration will be reduced according to the amount of time needed to complete the outstanding units.

Course Subjects

01. Lights, Camera, Action!

CUAPHI402 Apply photo imaging lighting techniques

CUAPHI303 Process photo images to work-print and file stage

BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief

CUAPHI401 Capture images in response to a brief

Working with your mentor you will complete an exciting 8 week project. You will learn how to set up lighting, capture images, process these images and creatively respond to a design brief.

02. Industry Knowledge

CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice

BSBWHS201 Contribute to health and safety of self and others

In this unit you will learn about and research pioneers in the photography industry and explore current and emerging trends. You will also learn how to apply workplace health and safety (WHS) standards to theoretical and practical projects, relevant to the photography industry.

03. Colour Theory

CUAACD401 Integrate colour theory and design processes

BSBDES301 Explore the use of colour 

Have fun and learn how to communicate concepts and ideas through the use of colour by experimenting with selected materials, tools and equipment.

04. Creative Works

CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images

CUAPPR403 Store and maintain finished creative work   

Learn photo storage and manipulation techniques in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop and apply these skills to you own photography. Learn how to output images digitally and ensure privacy and other legal requirements are met.

05. Connections

CUAPPR304 Participate in collaborative creative projects

CUAPPR405 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work

Collaborating with clients and other creative professionals is a great part of the creative process. This collaboration involves contributing to the project set-up and development as well as using technical skills, tools, materials and equipment to assist in the projects realisation. In this unit you will be required to develop and discuss ideas for your creative work and take part in critical and informed discussion with others.

06. Professional Practice

CUAIND402 Provide freelance services

CUAPHI301 Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge

BSBREL402 Build client relationships and business networks

Learn how to apply a high level of self-motivation, discipline and an entrepreneurial attitude when pursuing work opportunities. This will apply when you are promoting yourself to potential clients, negotiating contracts and managing your business affairs. Learn how to establish, maintain and improve client relationships and actively participate in networks to support attainment of key business outcomes.

Timetable Information


Please note; timetables are subject to change.

Course Terminology

Workshop (stage 1)

During this time your mentor will deliver planned training sessions which are aimed to give you introductory photography skills. Activities may include presentations and planned activities to learn how to use cameras and photography tools.


Workshop (stage 2)

Upon completion of the introductory workshops, you will be equipped to commence more skilled project work. This scheduled time will focus on individual components of your assigned projects.



In collaboration with your peers, you will complete your assigned projects and assessments. In this allocated time slot, you will have meetings with your team to evaluate your project work and photography skills.

Distance Education

Online Course Hub (on-line learning portal)

The course hub provides you with a wide range of learning resources to guide your distance education. You will be able to access a variety of quality resources in your own time.


Facebook Group (communication and conversation group)

Your mentor will lead conversations and communicate information related to your study. You will be encouraged to share ideas and collaborate with your class peers about project work.

Academic Calendars

For start dates prior to 23rd May 2022

Academic Calendars

For start dates after 23rd May 2022