Certificate IV in Photo Imaging (CUV40411)

Part Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

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The Certificate IV in Photo Imaging will introduce you to digital image capture, camera techniques, post production, computer image management, colour theory, lighting, studio and location work, visual awareness and knowledge in relation to our society and elements and principles of design. You will learn how to produce and post edit photographs to a professional standard, to present and discuss your work professionally and to prepare and exhibit final images in a graduating student exhibition.

lollipop photoshootAt AICD subjects are carefully designed to allow students to explore and develop skills in areas in which to follow their individual creative style and niche for the future. Study at AICD combines, theory and practical training, with a strong emphases on elements and principles of design and developing personal creative skills. During this course students are given a wide scope of training to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and creativity that relate to employment within the profession of photography.

AICD offers you the unique opportunity to work with our fashion, styling, makeup and interior design students, providing you with many fantastic opportunities to develop your photography portfolio.

Our teaching staff are passionate, qualified professionals with many years of experience working within the photography industry. Passing on their first hand knowledge and experience to students. This gives our students the ability to gain valuable insights from trainers with real industry experience and benefit from their experiences, knowledge and industry contacts.

During the course students are encouraged to enter into various photography competitions and events. By participating in these competitions and events students will challenge their creative potential, receive invaluable experience and opportunities of showcasing their work.

On successful completion of the Certificate IV in Photo Imaging, students may continue on to the Diploma of Photo Imaging for a further 6 months study.

Career Opportunities:

Graduates may pursue self-employment or freelance work. They may also seek employment as a photographic assistant in industry sectors such as fine art, portrait, fashion, glamour, wedding, travel, sports, illustrative, digitial imaging, photo journalism, stock, landscape or nature. Other potential career paths include technical photography, photo lab assistant or photo store assistant.

Qualification & Units of Competency:

On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded the ‘CUV40411: Certificate IV in Photo Imaging’, which is nationally recognised as part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.

On successful completion of the course students will receive competencies in the following units:

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Further Study Options:

The Certificate IV in Photoimaging provides a direct pathway into the Diploma of Photo Imaging (requiring a further 12 months full time study).

Course Duration:

The course runs 1 day per week from 9am-4:30pm (with a half hour lunch break) over approximately 18 months (54 weeks of tuition plus holidays.

Term Dates

Click on the arrows below to go forward or backward through each intake's term dates. Please note that term dates are subject to change, please contact us to confirm future dates if required.

Gold Coast

July INTAKE 2013

Term 1
29th Jul 13
27th Sep 13
Term 2
14th Oct 13
13th Dec 13

March INTAKE 2012

Term 1
19th Mar 12
17th May 12
Term 2
28th May 12
26th Jul 12
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March INTAKE 2014

Term 1
3rd Mar 14
2nd May 14
Term 2
12th May 14
11th Jul 14
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Course Fees - Domestic Students Only:

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Course Fees

Upon enrolling in the course, the student (and guarantor/s) becomes liable to the institute for the full course fees.

Certificate IV in Photo Imaging:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $7,150.00
  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit instalments (with integraPAY) over course duration: $6,500.00

Additional Costs:

  • Student ID Card: $25
  • Printing & photocoping by student.

Required Course Equipment:

Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • Basic stationary: i.e. display folders, notepad, pens, pencil, rubber. (approx: $55)
  • 35mm DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera. Minimum requirement of 1 lens, although additional lenses are useful.
  • Laptop Computer - see requirements below:


Students accepted into the program will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following minimum specifications are required:

  • Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Minimum 4Gb RAM
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  • 2Ghz or faster processor
  • Web Browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari) (free online)
  • Norton Anti Virus - Students will not be allowed to connect to our network without Norton Anti Virus installed and activated.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Lightroom (See Adobe website CLICK HERE)

* Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements. Student pricing available.

Financial Assistance

Eligible students may be able to apply to Centrelink for either Youth Allowance (for full-time students aged 16 to 24) or Austudy (for full-time students aged 25 years or over). For more information visit the Centrelink website.

Looking for course financing options? Check out some of the options available here.

Applications - Domestic Students Only:

Enrolment Procedure:

To enrol, you must contact us on (07) 55 938 335 and request an enrolment pack for this course. Please note, enrolment packs are only given out on request.

Next Course Start Dates

Part Time Course Dates:

Courses are subject to sufficient student numbers. Insufficient numbers will result in cancellation (10 days prior) and students will be notified by phone and email.

If the dates above are not suitable, you can always register interest and you will be notified of any new dates when they are added.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Have your experience recognised and increase your employment prospects by enrolling in Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Through RPL you could reduce the duration of your studies. Get the recognition you deserve and enquire about RPL today.

RPL assessed on a case by case basis, so it is only available on application. Students will be charged $200 per unit of competency.

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