CUA50915: Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

Full Time Course Dates:

  • Gold Coast: Monday the 16th of April 2018: 9:00AM - 4:30PM (Please note: Study Period 1 is 3 days per week. Study period 2 & 3 are 2 days per week. )
  • Brisbane: Monday the 16th of July 2018: 9:00AM - 3:30PM

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.

This course has been designed to develop your knowledge of current trends in photography, learn to interpret photo-imaging assignment briefs, consult with clients to refine objectives of photography assignments, select appropriate technologies and workflows to capture images, employ aesthetic, conceptual, compositional and technical skills to photo-imaging outcomes and allow you to gain exposure to a variety of shooting styles.

During the course you will learn the aspects of commercial portraiture and fine art photography and will work with such topics as sports and action photography, landscapes, nature, architecture, interiors, fashion, glamour, stock imagery and event photography. You will also learn extensive digital post production skills with Adobe Photoshop to enable you to create dynamic imagery to build a professional and diverse portfolio of work.

The Diploma of Photo Imaging reflects a sound knowledge base and a range of specialised and technical competencies

This course offers regular industry excursions and location photo shoots, which will give you amazing opportunities for portfolio development. An emphasis on industry involvement and extracurricular projects is encouraged to all students to help promote opportunities for success. Throughout the course there will be many opportunities for you to work with our students studying in our fashion, make-up, beauty, styling and interior design courses giving you further opportunities and experience.

The Diploma of Photo Imaging is vocationally orientated and provides diverse, professional and exciting outcomes in photography. Emphasisis is placed on all assessments being relevant to the current photographic industry. Major projects encourages students to showcase their unique signature styles. Final assessments include a portfolio and exhibitions to help promote students as artists and also serve as a valuable marketing tool for your career.

This qualification reflects the role of photography practitioners who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised and technical competencies to previsualise, plan, carry out and evaluate photography services.

Qualification & Units of Competency:

On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded the ‘CUA50915: Diploma of Photography and 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:

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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

Why You Should Study With Us:

  • We have small class sizes, so you get hands on attention with your trainers.
  • We have a job placement company that will assist you in obtaining a job.
  • We run a free goal setting and motivational workshop for students.
  • We have an industry panel that reviews your work and you will receive a certificate graded by industry.
  • Industry contact us seeking students for work and work experience and we pass on these opportunities to students.
  • We have industry guest speakers and excursions throughout the course
  • We have a private course facebook group where you can share ideas/info and communicate with your trainers and other students.
  • We have a private student facebook group for collaborating with other students in other disciplines for example to organise photoshoots/events etc together.

Course Duration:

Full Time: This course runs for 1 year – 3 days on campus 9:00am – 4:30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday for Study Period 1. 2 days on campus 9:00am – 4:30pm Tuesday and Thursday for Study Period 2 and Study Period 3

Part Time: TBA

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 Full Time

February INTAKE 2018

Term 1
19th Feb 18
28th Mar 18
Term 2
16th Apr 18
27th Jun 18
Term 3
16th Jul 18
19th Sep 18
Term 4
8th Oct 18
5th Dec 18

May INTAKE 2017

Term 1
15th May 17
23rd Jun 17
Term 2
3rd Jul 17
22nd Sep 17
Term 3
3rd Oct 17
15th Dec 17
Term 4
29th Jan 18
16th Mar 18

July INTAKE 2016

Term 1
11th Jul 16
16th Sep 16
Term 2
4th Oct 16
9th Dec 16
Term 3
17th Jan 17
31st Mar 17
Term 4
11th Apr 17
12th May 17

June INTAKE 2015

Term 1
1st Jun 15
31st Jul 15
Term 2
10th Aug 15
9th Oct 15
Term 3
19th Oct 15
18th Dec 15
Term 4
11th Jan 16
11th Mar 16

August INTAKE 2014

Term 1
25th Aug 14
3rd Oct 14
Term 2
13th Oct 14
19th Dec 14
Term 3
12th Jan 15
27th Mar 15
Term 4
13th Apr 15
5th Jun 15

March INTAKE 2014

Term 1
31st Mar 14
18th Jul 14
Term 2
28th Jul 14
3rd Oct 14
Term 3
13th Oct 14
19th Dec 14

July INTAKE 2013

Term 1
29th Jul 13
26th Sep 13
Term 2
14th Oct 13
12th Dec 13
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Student Entry Requirements:

Entry to this qualification is limited to those able to demonstrate photo imaging skills that support learning at Diploma level. In particular, they must be able to provide evidence of their ability to:

  • produce a body of photo imaging work (minimum 6 images) demonstrating the ability to respond effectively to different photo imaging challenges and requirements, and the capacity to refine concepts and images in line with current industry standards
  • engage with the design process by developing solutions through research, reflection and the generation and refinement of ideas
  • apply knowledge of the photo imaging industry, its trends and traditions
  • apply technical photo imaging knowledge and skills, including...
    • use of a range of professional digital and / or film cameras and accessories for image capture
    • selection and use of professional camera and lighting equipment for a range of subjects in different physical environments
    • enhancement and manipulation techniques using current industry standard software
    • use of electronic processing techniques.

Those skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.

Course Fees

VET Student Loans

From the 1st of January 2017 a new government student loan scheme became available to students enrolling into eligible courses at approved providers.

VET Student Loans are available for students who meet the eligibility requirements to assist with payment of the course fees. Students who take out a VET Student Loan will have a HELP debt which is due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

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If you are eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Click here to view the Schedule of VET Tuition Fees for more information on course costs, census dates and units of study.

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If you are not eligible for a VET Student Loan:

Full Course Cost (Payment Plan): $13,000.00

  • Balance paid in weekly direct debit instalments (with integraPAY) over course duration: $12,000.00

Students will be provided with learning resources and any additional equipment required that is not listed below to fulfill the course requirements.

Additional Costs:

  • Student ID Card: $25
  • Printing & photocoping by student.
  • Basic Stationery
  • Travel Expenses (fuel, car, bus, train)
  • Exhibition Costs (Frames, Printing, Venue)
  • Student (kits/ course supplies) are available for purchase through the college

Required Course Equipment:

Students will need to provide the following equipment:

  • 35mm DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera. Minimum requirement of 1 lens, although additional lenses are useful.
  • Tripod
  • A Laptop Computer is required for this course - see detailed requirements below
  • Portable Hard Drive
  • Equipment Kit ($440)


Students will be required to have a laptop computer with a wireless network connection. The following specifications are recommended:

  • A Wireless Laptop (PC or MAC)
  • Minimum 8Gb RAM (Preferrably 16GB RAM)
  • 2Ghz or faster processor
  • Web Browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Internet Explorer)
  • Anti Virus Software.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (free online)
  • For editing work it is recommended you have a Mouse
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or better with Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access.*
    If using a Mac -> Pages, Numbers and Keynote can be used
  • Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC (Student Versions)* - Photography Packages Available

* Please check software manufacturers minimum system requirements. Student pricing may be 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.

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Applications - Domestic Students Only:

Application and Enrolment Process:

  1. Phone the Gold Coast (07) 55 938 335 OR Brisbane (07) 38 541 395 campus to arrange your interview OR fill out the online Application Form and arrange a phone interview if you cannot come into either campus.
  2. Attend your interview or complete the phone interview.
  3. You will recieve your enrolment paperwork and the student handbook at the interview and information on the required evidence you will have to supply to support your application.
  4. After reading the student handbook and enrolment forms, if you wish to enrol you must submit the enrolment form along with any requested evidence (original or certified copies of originals).Our administration staff will check the completed enrolment form and evidence you supplied to demonstrate your suitability for the course. We may have to ask you further information or discuss your options if you don't meet the suitability requirements for the course. If you do meet the suitability requirements for the course, we will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment, along with payment plan forms.
  5. You will receive your first invoice notice no more than one calendar month before the start of study and at least two weeks before the first census date.

Next Course Start Dates

Full Time Course Dates:

  • Gold Coast: Monday the 16th of April 2018: 9:00AM - 4:30PM (Please note: Study Period 1 is 3 days per week. Study period 2 & 3 are 2 days per week. )
  • Brisbane: Monday the 16th of July 2018: 9:00AM - 3:30PM

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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