Start your diverse and exciting career in commercial photography! CIT’s Photography and Photo Imaging courses will develop your professional photography skills through a focus on practice. You will learn to use the latest technology and equipment at our top-of-the-range facilities to be able to meet professional standards of workflow, output and distribution.

You will work individually and in groups to produce professional folios, learning about composition, enhancement, manipulation, printing and output for commercial purposes. By continuing through to the diploma, you will learn the business aspects of professional photography, making you ready to work from a studio or in a range of locations.

  • Course Details

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

    Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging | CUA50915
    CRICOS: 090479D

  • Course Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years
    Certificate IV: 1 year Diploma: 1 year

  • Course Intake

    2022 Semester 1 (February)

    2023 Semester 1 (February)

  • Course Campus

    CIT Reid

  • Course Fees

    Tuition Fees:

    2021-2022: $7,250 per semester

    Extra Fees:

    Certificate IV: Material fees: $400 approx.
    Diploma: Material fees: $620 approx.
    Additional Equipment – cost may vary depending on how and where these are purchased:

    • DSLR camera with, ideally, a mid-range zoom lens, e.g., 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 sync 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 may happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2021 and 2022 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Academic requirements:

    • Year 12 Certificate (or equivalent)
    • 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 (Diploma only)
    • Interview (or other negotiated process) (Diploma only)
    • Basic computing skills

    Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.

    English requirements

    Students must meet one of the following English requirements:

    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 | CUA41115 – 15 subjects

    Core: Complete all 10 subjects

    • BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief
    • BSBWHS201 Contribute to the health and safety of self and others
    • CUAACD401 Integrate colour theory and design processes
    • CUAPHI301 Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge
    • CUAPHI303 Process photo images to work-print and file stage
    • CUAPHI401 Capture images in response to a brief
    • CUAPHI402 Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
    • CUAPHI403 Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
    • CUAPPR403 Store and maintain finished creative work
    • CUARES403 Research history and theory to inform own arts practice

    Electives: Complete all 5 subjects

    • 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
  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging | CUA50915 - 17 Subjects

    (Subjects completed in the Diploma will not need to be completed again)

    Core: complete all 3 subjects

    • 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

    Electives: Complete 14 of 16 subjects

    • CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images
    • CUAPHI503 Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
    • Realising a body of creative work
    • SITXEBS003 Build and launch a website for a small business
    • CUAPHI514 Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
    • CUAPHI505 Produce commercial photo images
    • CUAPHI506 Provide photographic portrait services
    • CUAPHI507 Produce media photo images
    • CUAPHI508 Provide wedding photo Imaging services
    • CUAPHI510 Produce technical photo images
    • CUAPHI511 Make illustrative photo images for publication and display
    • CUADIG406 Produce innovative video art
    • CUADIG508 Refine digital art techniques
    • CUAPHI305 Use wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome photographs
    • CUAPHI509 Plan and produce visual art photo images
    • CUAPHI504 Employ specialised imaging technologies

    *Not all electives will be offered each semester
  • Likely Job Outcome

    The photographic industry is exciting and diverse; you could work as a freelancer or as part of an organisation, in publishing and broadcasting, marketing and public relations, sports and entertainment, education and community activities, medical, scientific and other specialist areas.

    Certificate IV: Digitech, photographer assistant, photo lab technician, photo store specialist, studio assistant.

    Diploma: Photographer or work in a range of commercial and artistic photo imaging disciplines.

  • 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

    CIT’s credit transfer arrangements can reduce the time and fees required to complete a bachelor degree at university. If you successfully complete your CIT qualification and gain entry into the university below, you will receive the following:

    Australian National University (ANU)

    • CIT’s Diploma in Photography and Photo Imaging (CUA50915) = 48 credit points (6 months) towards ANU’s Bachelor of Design

    We advise you speak directly with your chosen university in relation to credit transfer, entry requirements and their application process.

    Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging 1 year
    Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging 1 year
    = 2 years of study
    Optional degree pathway available