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Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

Jobtrainer VTAC Code: CUA41115 Cricos: 090436D VTAC Number: Fairfield 6900368074

Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

12 months full time / available part time

Duration

12 months

Requirements
Requirements

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

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

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.
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Digital Retoucher
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Assistant Photographer
  • Photography Studio Assistant
  • Photographic Retail Assistant

Pathways

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

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 Elective 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 Elective 70
CUADIG405 PRODUCE INNOVATIVE DIGITAL IMAGES Elective 50
CUAIND401 Extend expertise in specialist creative fields Elective 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 Elective 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.

Attend an Info Session

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $940 $940 $4700 $10200
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $1190 $1115 $4950 $10450
Per year $15000
Per semester $7500
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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 19 November 2020. 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.

Fees explained

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department. You will need your own Digital SLR Camera, lens and Portable Hard Drive (1TB) and will also be required to purchase specialist equipment/materials and printing paper as needed throughout the duration of the course
Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department. You will need your own Digital SLR Camera, lens and Portable Hard Drive (1TB) and will also be required to purchase specialist equipment/materials and printing paper as needed throughout the duration of the course

Book an interview

This course requires an interview for entry. Please make a booking for your interview time by clicking book an interview
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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 from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

You will be asked to attend an interview and folio presentation to ensure that this is the right course for you.

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 our Skills and Job Centre, 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.

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

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