Photo Imaging


Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging
CRICOS: 090431J | National ID: CUA41115
Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
CRICOS: 090479D | National ID: CUA50915


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Duration TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years
Certificate IV: 12 months | Diploma: 12 months
Intake Semester 1 (February) 2018

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Tuition Fees Certificate IV & Diploma

2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 | Semester 2 - $6,850
2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 | Semester 2 - $7,050

*Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT’s fee pricing review. 2018 and 2019 fees subject to change.


If you’re looking for an exciting career in Commercial Photography, CIT’s programs in Photography and Photo Imaging will build and develop your professional photographic skills with practice-based instruction in top of the range facilities. Interpret and respond to client briefs and work with the latest lighting equipment and editing technologies to meet professional standards of workflow, output and distribution.

At the Certificate IV level, you will engage in group and self-initiated activities to produce professional standard photographic folios, learning about image capture, enhancement, manipulation, printing and output for a range of purposes, lighting situations, digital video, applied photo theory, imaging traditions, work safety and industry awareness.

If you choose to progress through diploma-level study, you’ll develop a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised and technical competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate photo imaging services. You’ll learn the business of professional photography from brief to conclusion, as well as how to work from a studio or in a range of locations.

The qualification is adaptable to commercial, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography contexts.

Entry Requirements

ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent or Adult Entry | A portfolio of 15-20 of your best photographs. Photos can be varied in concept or subject matter or can be representative of a single exploration; Prints should be up to A4 (8”x10”) in size; Images can be digital, analogue, colour or black and white. | Interview (or other negotiated process) | Basic computing skills | Students must also meet one of the following English requirements: IELTS 5.5 (no band score less than 5.0) | TOEFL iBT - 46 | PTE Academic - 42 (minimum of 36 in each band) | TOEFL PBT - 550.

Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Photo Imaging is required for entry into the Diploma of Photo Imaging.

Extra Fees

Please be aware, most CIT courses require the purchase of additional materials, textbooks and equipment. Some courses also require students to pay for uniforms, excursions or mandatory checks.

Additional Equipment- cost may vary depending on how and where these are purchased:
• DSLR camera with, ideally, a mid-range zoom lens, eg, 24-70mm (teachers can offer recommendations, loan cameras are available in the interim)
• Computer - PC or Mac (iMac is suitable)
• 2 x 1TB USB powered hard drive formatted for PC and MAC
• USB thumb drives
• CF and/or SD card reader and at least two memory cards (minimum 16 GB each)
• Flash synch adapter if your camera has no flash
• Portable flash (speedlights)

Course Subjects

Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging
CRICOS: 090431J | National ID: CUA41115
Complete all 15 subjects

National ID Subject Name
BSBWHS201 Contribute to the health and safety of others
CUAPHI401 Capture images in response to a brief
CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice
CUAPHI402 Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
CUAPPR403 Store and maintain finished creative work
CUAPHI303 Process photo images to work-print and file stage
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
CUAACD401 Integrate colour theory and design processes
CUAPHI301 Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge
CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images
CUAPPR405 Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work
CUAPHI302 Capture photographic images
CUAPHI509 Plan and produce visual art photo images
CUAPPR304 Participate in collaborative creative projects

Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
CRICOS: 090479D | National ID: CUA50915
Complete all 16 subjects

National ID Subject Name
CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
CUAPHI513 Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
CUAPHI502 Research and apply photo imaging trends
CUAPHI514 Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
CUAPHI503 Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
CUAPHI507 Produce media photo images
CUAPHI506 Provide photographic portrait services
CUAPHI508 Provide wedding photo Imaging products
CUAPHI505 Produce commercial photo images
CUAPHI511 Make illustrative images for publication and display
CUAPHI510 Produce technical photo images
SITXICT401 Build and launch a website for a small business
CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques
CUAPHI305 Use wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome photographs
CUADIG406 Produce innovative video art
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work (graded)

Job Opportunities

The photographic industry offers professional career opportunities in many commercial, technical and specialised photographic fields as well as associated photographic administration and management. Freelance opportunities exist in publishing and broadcasting, marketing and public relations, sports and entertainment, education and community activities, medical and scientific and other specialist areas. Some of the job opportunities could include: - digitech, photographer assistant, photo lab technician, photo store specialist, studio assistant.

Teaching Methods and Assessment

Modes of study include:

  • Students will work in simulated workplaces to practice their new skills For example: CIT Photography’s large studios, advanced lighting and digital editing facilities, with access to specialist facilities and events
  • Work experience may include documenting gallery collections, press photography and supervised study time with industry specialists For example: aerial photography
  • On-line learning and student engagement through e-Learn

Students will be assessed in the following ways:

  • Students will complete assignments and projects and participate in studio workshops.
  • Assessment may be based on competency, marks and grades, or a combination of all three methods.

Pathways to Further Study

Students who gain entry into the Australian National University (ANU) and successfully complete:

  • the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging may receive 48 credit points (6 months) towards the Bachelor of Visual Arts or the Bachelor of Design.

Students are advised to speak directly with each university in relation to course choices and pathways. ANU credit eligibility is assessed on a case by case basis.

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