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


15 hrs / week


5 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. Safety First

CUAWHS312 Apply work health and safety practices

Every industry have their own set of safety practices. This unit you will learn how to apply work health and safety (WHS) requirements, including implementing safe work practices, participating in risk assessment and control, and following emergency procedures in the creative industries.

02. Image Editing

CUADES412 Interpret and respond to a design brief & CUAPHI313 Process photo images

Learn how to interpret and creatively respond to a design brief by integrating the creative, communication and planning processes.

03. Colour Theory

CUAACD411 Integrate colour theory and design processes

CUADES301 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. Art History

CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice

In this unit you will learn about and research pioneers in the photography industry and explore current and emerging trends.

05. Connections

CUAPPR314 Participate in collaborative creative projects

CUAPPR415 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

CUAPHI312 Capture photographic images

CUAPHI311 Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge

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.

07. Light it up!

CUAPHI411 Capture images in response to a brief

CUAPHI412 Apply photo imaging lighting techniques

In this unit you will learn to use light and shoot photos in a variety of contexts, including the fashion industry, advertising, live entertainment and screen and media.

08. Build Relationships

BSBTWK401 Build and maintain business relationships

Relationships matter! They are the foundation on which your business should be built and they need to be nurtured. Maintaining and improving ongoing relationships with clients and building a comprehensive network will help your business to soar to new heights! In this unit you will learn how initiate interpersonal communication with clients, establish management strategies and maintain ongoing relationships with customers and your network.

09. Photo Output

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.

10. Ideas

BSBCRT412 Articulate, present and debate ideas

You will learn how to articulate, present and debate ideas in a broader life context using creative techniques in order to provoke response, reaction and critical discussion. Learn to contribute and present ideas with others.

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

Canvas (Learner Management System)
Canvas is your online learning portal. Within this platform, you will be able to access your course learning materials, assessment requirements, and marked submissions. You will also be able to communicate with your Mentor within this platform, outside of timetabled hours. The system is user friendly and will help keep you on track throughout your studies.

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