Diploma of Photo Imaging (CUV50411)

Qualification: Diploma
Course Code: CUV50411
Study mode: Online
On Campus
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Upfront payment
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start date: Enquire now for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: CATC Design School (RTO 0269)
Course fees: Price may vary
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.

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About this course

The Diploma of Photo Imaging (CUV50411) offered through CATC Design School in partnership with SEEK Learning teaches the photography and image manipulation skills required to work as a professional photographer. This diploma program is designed for people who are familiar with SLR cameras, and is recognised by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP).

As a student of this course you'll learn how to interpret briefs from clients, select the appropriate technologies to capture images, and edit and restore images using aesthetic, conceptual, compositional and technical skills.

Practical workshops

Online students will be required to attend 2 on-campus weekend workshops as part of this course.


To gain entry into this course applicants must:

  • Have successfully completed Year 12; OR
  • Have successfully completed a Language Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test; AND
  • Submit a minimum of 3 examples of photo imaging artwork; AND
  • Complete a short questionnaire about the photo imaging industry

All students are also required to have access to a digital SLR camera.

Areas of study

In this photography course, the units of competency you may study include:

  • CUVDIG401A - Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images
  • CUFIND401A - Provide services on a freelance basis
  • CUVPHI517A - Research and exploit photo imaging trends
  • CUVPHI529A - Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
  • CUVGRD504A - Create and manipulate graphics
  • CUVPHI521A - Produce commercial photo images
  • CUFPOS402A - Manage media assets
  • CUVDIG501A - Refine digital art techniques
  • CUVPHI522A - Provide domestic portrait services
  • CUVPHI525A - Plan, capture and exploit visual art photo images
  • CUVPRP503A - Present a body of own creative work
  • CUVPHI527A - Make illustrative images for publication and display
  • CUVPHI518A - Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
  • CUVPHI523A - Produce media photo images
  • CUVACD512A - Work with photo media in creative practice
  • CUAIND401A - Extend expertise in specialist field
  • CUVPHI516A - Research the role and use of the photo image in visual communication

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Photo Imaging (CUV50411) from CATC Design School (RTO 0269).

The Diploma of Photo Imaging (CUV50411) equips you with the skills to seek work as a professional photographer - whether you choose to pursue work in commercial/adverting photography, arts/fashion/sports photography, portraits, wedding photography or on a freelance basis.

CATC Design School's courses are recognised by the major design industry bodies, and the college's strong links to industry mean employers often contact the college directly when looking to hire. You will have lifetime access to these opportunities through CATC's job email service and jobs forum.

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees.

You can also pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.


You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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