Photo Imaging

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.

  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging
    CRICOS: 090431J National ID: CUA41115


    Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
    CRICOS: 090479D National ID: CUA50915

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years
    Certificate IV: 12 months Diploma: 12 months

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 1 (February) 2018

    Semester 1 (February) 2019

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Reid

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2018*: Semester 1 - $6,850 Semester 2 - $6,850

    2019*: Semester 1 - $7,050 Semester 2 - $7,050

    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)

  • *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.

  • 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)

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

  • Course Subjects - Certificate IV

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

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • CUAPHI301
      Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge
      CIT Code: PHOT189
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain currency and apply up-to-date information on the photo imaging industry, including the industry structure and operation, employment obligations and impact of new technology.It applies to individuals who work in commercial contexts such as photographic studios or photo printing and processing businesses, but could also be relevant to those who produce photographic works for exhibition.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI303
      Process photo images to work-print and file stage
      CIT Code: PHOT193
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce multiple proof sheets, work-prints and digital files that demonstrate the application of selected photo imaging techniques consistent with a specific brief.It applies to individuals who are responsible for completing either chemical or digital processes. They could be working in photo centres, specialised photo processing laboratories or photography studios.At this level, work may be undertaken independently or with supervision, depending on the work context.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI401
      Capture images in response to a brief
      CIT Code: PHOT192
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required plan and organise a camera shoot using professional equipment and a range of image capture techniques.It applies to individuals who produce photographs for print or electronic media and for a range of contexts including weddings, special events, portraits, forensics, art photography and specialist publications.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI402
      Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
      CIT Code: PHOT151
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select and apply lighting to a range of subjects in different work spaces.It applies to individuals who use light and shoot photos in a variety of contexts, including the fashion industry, advertising, live entertainment and screen and media, as well as those who use photography as a creative medium. Testing and tagging of electrical equipment must be carried out by a person with the relevant certificate of competency according to the performance specifications of Australian Standard 3760: 2000 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment and Australian Standard 3002: 1985 Electrical installations – shows and carnivals.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI403
      Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
      CIT Code: PHOT194
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to enhance photo images ready for output. This process could be digital or using a wet darkroom. It applies to individuals who use techniques to enhance and resolve the concept for the image. They may work in photo centres, specialised photo processing laboratories or photography studios.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPPR403
      Store and maintain finished creative work
      CIT Code: ARTS194
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select a finished creative work for storage, assess its storage needs, protect it while preparing it for storage, and maintain it during storage. The unit also involves interpreting and applying archival principles and values during the process.It applies to individuals who work in all areas of creative practice. They could be responsible for storing and maintaining finished works in their own practice, or those in an artist-run studio, gallery, exhibition space or educational institution.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUARES403
      Research history and theory to inform own arts practice
      CIT Code: ARTS164
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use investigative and critical thinking techniques to evaluate history and theory information and distil key themes and ideas. It applies to individuals working in all areas of arts practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUADIG405
      Produce innovative digital images
      CIT Code: ARTS192
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to experiment with digital imaging techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice. It applies to individuals who produce digital art images for electronic media or physical/online display in art publications and galleries.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI302
      Capture photographic images
      CIT Code: PHOT148
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use a standard digital stills camera using a range of techniques. It applies to individuals who are planning a career in photo imaging, or in contexts where photography may not be the primary job role or main focus of work activity. At this level, work would be undertaken independently, but within established parameters and under supervision and guidance.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPPR405
      Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work
      CIT Code: DSGN143
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and discuss ideas for own creative work. It involves research and analysis, as well as the ability to take part in critical and informed discussion with others about the creative work for a particular art form. It applies to individuals who work across all areas of creative practice. This work would usually be carried out under mentored supervision.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBDES402
      Interpret and respond to a design brief
      CIT Code: DSGN169
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to interpret and creatively respond to a design brief through the production of work. It applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where work is prescribed by a commissioning agent/client in a brief. Individuals are required to integrate the creative, communication and planning processes that support effective response to a design brief. Work is carried out independently, although guidance is available if required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPPR304
      Participate in collaborative creative projects
      CIT Code: ARTS301
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to contribute to the production of a collaborative creative project. It involves contributing to the project set-up and development, as well as using technical skills, tools, materials and equipment to assist in the project's realisation. It applies to individuals who are using and developing their skills when collaborating on creative projects in many different creative areas. The projects could include community art projects organised through local councils, business organisations or educational institutions. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • BSBWHS201
      Contribute to health and safety of self and others
      CIT Code: OHSS200
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in a manner that is healthy and safe in relation to self and others and to respond to emergency incidents. It covers following work health and safety (WHS) and emergency procedures and instructions, implementing WHS requirements and participating in WHS consultative processes. It applies to individuals who require a basic knowledge of WHS to carry out work in a defined context under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility, in a range of industry and workplace contexts.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAACD401
      Integrate colour theory and design processes
      CIT Code: DSGN119
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to investigate and combine colour theory and design processes into two-dimensional or three-dimensional work. It applies to individuals who use design processes in visual communication situations.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI509
      Plan and produce visual art photo images
      CIT Code: PHOT227
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to conceptualise, research and initiate projects, undertake strategic planning and production tasks, manage finances and create visual art photo images. It applies to individuals who work as art photographers within the visual arts community. While art photographers generally work with limited supervision or guidance, they require the ability to collaborate, liaise and consult with others. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
    CRICOS: 090479D | National ID: CUA50915
    Core - complete all 3 subjects
    Subjects listed below from earlier courses automatically count towards this course

    National ID
    Subject Name
    • CUAPHI501
      Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
      CIT Code: PHOT225
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce creative and innovative photo images based on visual communication theory. It applies to individuals who research and evaluate visual communication theory and use it to inform their practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI502
      Research and apply photo imaging trends
      CIT Code: PHOT255
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to investigate photo imaging trends and emerging technologies and assess their creative and commercial applications. It applies to self-directed creative practitioners who use knowledge of emerging trends to evaluate, plan and implement changes to their workflows, products and technology. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI513
      Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
      CIT Code: PHOT228
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage the integrity of colour across digital imaging devices. It applies to individuals who apply self-directed technical skills and knowledge to manage the accuracy and consistency of colour in digital and hybrid (digitised or scanned film or print) work processes. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil


    Electives - complete 14 of 16 subjects
    Not all electives are offered each semester.

    • CUADIG405
      Produce innovative digital images
      CIT Code: ARTS192
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to experiment with digital imaging techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice. It applies to individuals who produce digital art images for electronic media or physical/online display in art publications and galleries.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI503
      Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
      CIT Code: PHOT226
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce creative photo images using photo lighting principles. It applies to individuals who apply the selection and control of lighting and light quality to enhance the emotive power of photo images taken in the studio and on location. At this level, work is usually carried out independently, with supervision or guidance available as required. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • Realising a body of creative work
      CIT Code: ARTS359
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to integrate conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create a coherent body of work in any creative form. It applies to individuals who are at the beginning of their professional practice and whose completed work conveys a well developed command of materials, process and technique, and strong conceptual and theoretical development. This subject achieves the unit of competency CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • SITXEBS003
      Build and launch a small business website
      CIT Code: MGNT645
      Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required 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. It requires the technical skills and knowledge typically needed by a business that chooses to develop its own site rather than access the services of IT professionals. The unit applies to all industry sectors, and is particularly relevant to small businesses that develop their own websites. People undertaking this role work independently or with limited guidance. Depending on the business context, this could include owner-operators.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI514
      Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
      CIT Code: PHOT229
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare client image files for pre-press processing. It applies to individuals who possess the self-directed skills and knowledge to process image files prior to printing. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI505
      Produce commercial photo images
      CIT Code: PHOT271
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce commercial photo images, liaising with clients, art directors and associated professionals. It applies to individuals who respond to open or closed briefs to create photo images in areas including advertising, architecture, industrial, corporate, fashion and food. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI506
      Provide photographic portrait services
      CIT Code: PHOT269
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce portrait images for personal, family or corporate collections.It applies to individuals who document and produce professional portrait images in key moments, moods and events based around individuals, families and gatherings. People in this role may be responsible for supervising others.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI507
      Produce media photo images
      CIT Code: PHOT268
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce photo images for media services. It applies to individuals who interpret editorial team assignments, work with journalists and liaise with public safety services and the general public. They usually work unsupervised and may also work with journalists and a range of creative personnel.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI508
      Provide wedding photo imaging services
      CIT Code: PHOT270
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide photo imaging services to wedding clients. It applies to individuals who create and deliver professional images that capture key moments, moods and activities on a wedding day. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI510
      Produce technical photo images
      CIT Code: PHOT273
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce technical photo images for institutional clients. It applies to individuals who produce photo images for forensic, medical, scientific (including mining and environmental) and museum or library purposes. Photographers in these roles may work independently or as part of a team within an institutional structure. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI511
      Make illustrative photo images for publication and display
      CIT Code: PHOT272
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce illustrative images that communicate concepts, ideas and factual information in ways to evoke emotive responses in the viewer. It applies to individuals whose work is intended for use in a wide range of publishing and display environments, including scientific, technical, book and magazine publications, promotions and the internet. This work would usually be undertaken independently, although occasionally it would be undertaken collaboratively with other personnel.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUADIG406
      Produce innovative video art
      CIT Code: ARTS281
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to experiment with video art techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice. It applies to individuals who produce video art for electronic media or physical/online display in art publications and galleries.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUADIG508
      Refine digital art techniques
      CIT Code: ARTS282
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to refine digital media techniques and to develop own digital art style in a body of creative work. This occurs through a process of research, refinement and evaluation, and encompasses animation, video and sound production.It applies to individuals whose professional practice includes the creation of digital media works. Work could be completely digital or an integration of digital and traditional media.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI305
      Use wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome photographs
      CIT Code: PHOT196
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply a range of techniques to produce monochrome photographs suitable for display or reproduction. It applies to individuals working in photo centres, specialised photo processing laboratories or photography studios. At this level, work may be undertaken independently or with supervision, depending on the work context.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI509
      Plan and produce visual art photo images
      CIT Code: PHOT227
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to conceptualise, research and initiate projects, undertake strategic planning and production tasks, manage finances and create visual art photo images. It applies to individuals who work as art photographers within the visual arts community. While art photographers generally work with limited supervision or guidance, they require the ability to collaborate, liaise and consult with others. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
    • CUAPHI504
      Employ specialised imaging technologies
      CIT Code: PHOT267
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to investigate specialised imaging technologies and their application in photo imaging practice. It applies to individuals who create innovative images using specialised imaging technologies. They may be engaged in scientific, forensic, geographical, exploratory and other industry areas. At this level work is usually carried out independently, with supervision or guidance available as required.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • 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.

    Certificate IV in Photo Imaging (12 months)
    PLUS
    Diploma of Photo Imaging (12 months)
    = 1.5 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available