CUA50915 Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

CRICOS Course Code: 098407M

Shift your passion for photography to a career or business with the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging. Unlock your creative potential and develop advanced photography skills to produce a professional body of work. Explore genres of photography including Fine Art, Portraiture, Documentary, Landscape and Commercial. You will learn studio and natural lighting techniques and will gain an understanding of operating and marketing your own photography business. Work in an inspiring and collaborative environment to develop your professional portfolio in preparation for prospective employers and/or clients.

Start Dates

Monthly

Duration

54 Weeks

Study: 38 weeks // Supervised Study: 4 weeks // Holidays: 12 weeks

Delivery Mode

Face-to-Face

14 hrs / week

Distance

6 hrs / week

Potential Career Outcomes

Freelance Photographer // Photography Store Manager

Location

Campus

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: 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:

Visit https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/system-requirements.html

 

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

 

Course Entry Requirement:

Students are required to submit photo images and complete the Entrepreneur Image Questionnaire to demonstrate introductory level technical skills in using the features of a DSLR camera

CREDIT TRANSFER

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. All In the Details

CUAPHI402 Apply photo imaging lighting techniques

CUAPHI303 Process photo images to work-print and file stage   

Throughout the next 4 weeks you will learn to apply image processing techniques from camera to Adobe Photoshop working with raw files. You will work on projects that practice these techniques, demonstrating the ability to process client photos through to the file stage all while responding to a hypothetical client brief. Your photography mentor will provide demonstrations in the on-site photo studio where you will practice photographing a variety of objects with various props and lighting.

02. Visual Trends

CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice

CUAPHI502 Research and apply photo imaging trends   

Learn how to produce creative and innovative photo images based on visual communication theory. Investigate photo imaging trends and emerging technologies and assess their creative and commercial applications.

03. Managing Colour

CUAPHI513 Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace    

Learn how to manage the integrity of colour across digital imaging devices. Research principals and techniques for control of digital colour and apply, review and update colour management strategies.

04. Commercial Photography

CUAPHI505 Produce commercial photo images

Learn how to establish a contract for a commercial photoshoot, prepare, shoot and produce images, wrap up and review the shoot.

05. Get Noticed

SITXEBS003 Build and launch a small business website

Stand out from the crowd and learn how to build a basic website to meet business needs including selecting a hosting service and appropriate web development software, planning the website structure, and constructing the site.

06. Digital Art

CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques

Learn how to refine digital media techniques and develop your own digital art style in a body of creative work. Research, refine and evaluate your techniques encompassing animation, video and sound production.

07. Emotive Lighting

CUAPHI503 Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting   

Research light and its relationship to photo imaging in this unit by experimenting with light for complex subjects and applying lighting to create image mood on various subjects.

08. Let’s Get Social

BSBMKG527 Plan social media engagement   

Learn how to develop a social media engagement strategy and facilitate content development and delivery. Monitor and evaluate engagement levels using analytics and report on engagement effectiveness.

09. Portraiture

CUAPHI506 Provide photographic portrait services

Learn how to produce professional portrait images. Produce professional portrait images in key moments, moods and events based around individuals, families and gatherings.

11. Media & Publication

CUAPHI507 Produce media photo images

CUAPHI511 Make illustrative photo images for publication and display

BSBIPR401 Use and respect copyright 

Learn how to interpret editorial team assignments, work with journalists and liaise with public safety services and the general public. Produce illustrative images that communicate concepts, ideas and factual information in ways to evoke emotive responses in the viewer. You will also cover maintaining control over copyright, commercialising copyright material, preventing the unauthorised use of an original work and using other party’s original work legitimately.

12. Specialisation

CUAPPR404 Develop self as artist

CUAPPR606 Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level

CUAPPR503 Present a body of creative work

Unleash your creative self and refine your skills, develop you own style and evaluate your work. In this unit you will develop a cohesive body of work, seek and apply constructive feedback from others and adjust work processes and practice to improve technical, conceptual and commercial outcomes.

Timetable Information

Timetable
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.

 

Collaborate

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.