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Certificate IV in Design specialising in Photography

  • Qualification:

    Certificate IV

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  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Max 24 months

  • Start date:


  • Awarded by:

    Open Colleges (RTO 90796)

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This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

What you'll learn

About this course

The online Certificate IV in Design specialising in Photography course offered through Open Colleges will give you the technical skills to unleash your creativity and bring your design ideas to life. In a world where visual media is key, this course will give you the ability to turn your images into a story.

Studying this design program, you will learn how to focus and direct your creative ideas into professional digital images. You will learn to use Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop and InDesign - essential software used by industry professionals. Your study materials for this course include an interactive PDF which contains learning resources and training videos to teach you everything you need to know.


Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible for this course:

  • Have completed the Certificate III in Design Fundamentals; OR
  • Demonstrate creative skills through the completion of a relevant subject at high school, such as art, design, digital media, animation or communication; OR
  • Have a qualification in a related field; OR
  • Have other relevant work experience in design or another creative field

Areas of study

In this photography course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Digital imaging fundamentals
  • Digital techniques and publishing
  • Design theory
  • Project builder, design and imaging
  • Create a portfolio - personal style
  • Create a portfolio - commercial
Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Design specialising in Photography from Open Colleges.

You will graduate from the Certificate IV in Design specialising in Photography course with a visual photography diary that will serve as your professional portfolio. Upon completion of this course, you will have the professional ability to develop and express your creative talents. This photography course will ready you for a career in a range of creative fields.

Curious about where a career in photography could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Photographer
  • Digital Photographer
  • Assistant Photographer
  • Image Designer
  • Digital Image Technician
  • Studio Assistant

Payment options & support

Finance options

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Pay in weekly instalmentsPay in full
Pay just $92.03 per week with a $100 depositPay $4,792 upfront and save 20%

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