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Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

  • Qualification:

    Certificate IV

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Self-paced; up to 12 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    TAFE NSW North Coast (RTO 90010)

  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Wedding Photographer | Photo-Equipment Sales Assistant | Photographer | Assistant Technician (Photo Production) | View all

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This course meets the 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.

Course Rundown

About this course

Harness your creative potential with this Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging (CUA41115) course!

Delivered by TAFE NSW North Coast through Open Colleges, you can study this certificate qualification online, at your own pace. You will cover the history of photography as well as modern advancements in Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and photo manipulation.

You will also learn how to approach photography from a commercial perspective, integrating marketing and social media practices, and business acumen - the groundwork to establishing a successful career in photography.

With your creative skills and vision, this course will teach you to respond to and interpret a client's brief using current photo imaging techniques.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old; AND
  • Have successfully completed English at Year 10 level, or demonstrate equivalency

Areas of study

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

  • CUARES403 - Research history and theory to inform own arts practice
  • CUAACD401 - Integrate colour theory and design processes
  • CUAPHI402 - Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
  • CUAPHI403 - Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
  • CUAPHI301 - Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge
  • SBWHS201 - Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • CUAPHI505 - Produce commercial photo images
  • CUADIG405 - Produce innovative digital images
  • SIRRMER516 - Style merchandise for photography
  • CUAPHI303 - Process photo images to work-print and file stage
  • CUAPPR403 - Store and maintain finished creative work
  • BSBDES402 - Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • CUAPHI401 - Capture images in response to a brief
  • CUAIND402 - Provide freelance services
  • CUAPPR501 - Realise a body of creative work
Open Colleges 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.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging (CUA41115) from TAFE NSW North Coast.

You will complete this course with an online portfolio of work, ready to present to prospective employers and clients, meaning you can pursue a career in professional photography.

Enrolment into this course will give you membership to the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

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

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $92.03 per week (64 weekly repayments)
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to 20% on your course fees

  • $4,792 upfront payment

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