Personalised for LOCAL students.
Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
Personalised for INTERNATIONAL students.
International student means; you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
}

Photography and Photo Imaging

Certificate IV in

Code: CUA41115 Cricos: 090436D
Our courses are being delivered remotely
Melbourne Polytechnic is recognised as an essential service and continues to operate. Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the way our courses are delivered will look a little different for the foreseeable period.

Most of our courses are being taught remotely with an interactive and supportive learning environment, including assessments wherever possible.

Limited activity or training which cannot be delivered entirely remotely will be delivered on campus, with strict health and safety measures in place.

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

12 months full time / available part time

Duration

12 months full time / available part time

Requirements
Requirements

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. Interview.

Next Intake

February 2021

Next Intake

February 2021

July intake is for select units only. Please contact the department for further information.

Sharpen your focus on your photography career

Develop your photographic eye with a qualification recognised as one of the best in the industry. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging will develop your technical skills, conceptual thinking, photographic eye and help you produce a sharp portfolio to get ahead and stay ahead. Photography in Australia is a $1 billion industry and is taking on more prominence in our visual landscape across social media. This course will develop your technical skills in a creative and supportive environment.

Enlarge your photographic skills

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging will teach you everything you need to know to take excellent photos, including image capture, studio and location lighting, DSLR video, darkroom, digital printing, image enhancement, styling and exhibition. Our facilities and resources are professional industry-standard so you can build a comprehensive folio. Melbourne Polytechnic has a strong industry reputation for excellence. We’re the three-time winner of the Institute of the Year Award in the AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards. Your teachers will have industry-experience, and you’ll prepare for the professional photographic industry through excursions, visiting speakers, industry-relevant projects and course exhibitions.

Develop a successful future

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the skills to work as a studio assistant or assistant photographer. Potential employers include wedding or portrait studios, digital retouching agencies, print laboratories or photographic sale points. Students who successfully complete the Certificate IV will also have the opportunity to continue with further study and progress into our Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the skills to work as a studio assistant or assistant photographer.
  • Photography Studio Assistant
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Assistant Photographer
  • Photographic Retail Assistant
  • Digital Retoucher

Pathways

Graduates may continue on to the CUA50915 Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

Akolda Bil

"It means 'future' to me. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... Studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Studio
  • Face-to-face
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

Duration varies - speak with us to discuss a customised study plan and timetables

Assessment Methods

Assessment is by a combination of work-based projects and course-based assignments.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBDES402 INTERPRET AND RESPOND TO A DESIGN BRIEFING Core 20
BSBDES403 DEVELOP AND EXTEND DESIGN SKILLS AND PRACTICE Core 30
BSBWHS201 CONTRIBUTE TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF SELF AND OTHERS Core 20
CUAACD401 INTEGRATE COLOUR THEORY AND DESIGN PROCESSES Core 30
CUACAM401 SHOOT A WIDE RANGE OF SCREEN CONTENT Core 70
CUADIG405 PRODUCE INNOVATIVE DIGITAL IMAGES Core 50
CUAIND401 EXTEND EXPERTISE IN SPECIALIST CREATIVE FIELDS Core 45
CUAPHI301 DEVELOP AND APPLY PHOTO IMAGING INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE Core 15
CUAPHI303 PROCESS PHOTO IMAGES TO WORK-PRINT AND FILE STAGE Core 120
CUAPHI401 CAPTURE IMAGES IN RESPONSE TO A BRIEFING Core 150
CUAPHI402 APPLY PHOTO IMAGING LIGHTING TECHNIQUES Core 100
CUAPHI403 ENHANCE, MANIPULATE AND OUTPUT PHOTO IMAGES Core 80
CUAPPR403 STORE AND MAINTAIN FINISHED CREATIVE WORK Core 30
CUARES403 RESEARCH HISTORY AND THEORY TO INFORM OWN ARTS PRACTICE Core 70
SIRRMER516 STYLE MERCHANDISE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY Core 45

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $900 $ 4500 $9800
Maximum annual amenities $175 $ 250 $250
Total payable $1075 $ 4750 $10050
Per year $14400
Per semester $7200

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Book an interview

This course requires an interview for entry. Please make a booking for your interview time by clicking book an interview
;

Requirements

  • apply through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • VCE applicants selected by ATAR or interview/folio presentation
  • non-VCE applicants selected by interview/folio presentation

Academic: Successful completion of Australian Year 12 equivalent, a literacy and numeracy test required, folio and folio presentation.
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other: Applicants are required to have a demonstrated interest in the photography field.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

To enrol in this course you are asked to attend an interview and folio presentation with one of our Creative Arts staff to ensure that this is the right course for you.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call +61 3 9269 8400

Recognising Organisations

}