Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

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  • Duration:
    Up to 18 months
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    The Photography Institute (RTO 45423)
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Are you ready to delve deep into the world of professional photography and kickstart an exciting creative career? Get the training and skills you need with the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging (CUA50915) from The Photography Institute.

This comprehensive Diploma course will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills in the art and science of photography. Through 12 in-depth modules and accompanying assignments, you’ll learn how different cameras and lenses work, and how to properly use them; how to use lighting techniques and technologies to produce compelling photos; and how to practise proper colour management in your work. You’ll also cover post-production, focusing on Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop; how to ensure your photographs communicate visually and intentionally with the viewer; and how to apply digital, traditional and contemporary methods to photomedia projects. Finally, you’ll learn about the business of photography, including how to deliver commercial photographic services. Your studies will culminate in a final body of work encompassing a portfolio in your chosen area of specialisation.

Delivered entirely online, this course is taught by tutors who are working professionals in the field, and who can offer you valuable personalised support and guidance. Study in your own time and at your own pace, taking up to 18 months to complete your course – and when you graduate, you’ll be a qualified professional photographer, ready to embark on your new career path!



There are no formal prerequisite study requirements for this course.

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

Core Units

  • CUAPHI501 - Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
  • CUAPHI502 - Research and apply photo imaging trends
  • CUAPHI513 - Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace

Elective Units

  • CUAPHI503 - Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
  • CUADIG508 - Refine digital art techniques
  • CUAPPR404 - Develop self as artist
  • CUAPPR503 - Present a body of own creative work
  • CUAPHI505 - Produce commercial photo images
  • CUAPHI506 - Provide photographic portrait services
  • CUAPHI511 - Make illustrative photo images for publication and display
  • CUAPHI507 - Produce media photo images
  • CUAACD512 - Work with Photomedia in creative practice
  • CUAIND402 - Provide freelance services
  • CUAPPR501 - Realise a body of creative work
  • CUAPHI302 - Capture photographic images
  • CUAPHI402 - Apply photoimaging lighting techniques
  • CUAPHI403 - Enhance Manipulate and output photo images

The Photography Institute is an online learning hub offering cutting-edge courses in professional photography. With course modules written and delivered by working photographers at the top of their fields, the Institute aims to provide comprehensive and up-to-date education for all aspiring photographers, with the convenience of studying online from your own home.

Through its certificate and accredited diploma programs, The Photography Institute offers an advanced alternative to the conventional in-person classroom without losing the importance of the student-teacher connection. Course materials aim to cover a wide variety of areas in the world of professional photography, helping students develop their skills, hone their craft and prepare for successful careers in the industry.

The Photography Institute’s student support team is on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Each student is also in direct contact with a personal tutor, who’s there to answer queries, mark assignments, and provide constructive feedback and guidance throughout the course.

Access is also provided to the Photography Institute Facebook group, where students can connect with over 20,000 fellow aspiring photographers also enrolled in the Institute’s courses. Students are also supported as they launch their careers with benefits like a free website portfolio and exclusive discounts on Adobe products.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging (CUA50915) from The Photography Institute.

Graduates are prepared to work as professional photographers in a variety of environments and contexts, including photography for weddings, portraits, advertising, art, commercial and editorial purposes, and more.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

The full cost of this course is $2,999. The Photography Institute offers flexible payment options, including:

  • Paying course fees upfront and in full to receive a $100 discount (new course cost is $2,899)
  • 48-week payment plan ($62.48 per week)
  • 12-month payment plan ($249.92 per month)
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