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Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

Code: CUA50915 CRICOS: 090486E

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Overview

Campus

Fairfield

Campus

Fairfield

Duration

available part time

Duration

12 months

Next Intake

June

Next Intake

June

June intake is for select units only. Tuition fees listed below are indicative of a full year of full-time study (enrolees for June intake will pay only a small fraction). Please contact the department for further information.

*This course is expiring in Oct 2022 and will not be delivered in 2023. To obtain qualification, all Units of Competency need to have been successfully completed by Sep 2022 for the final award to be issued by October 2022. If you have any questions please ask during information interviews or enrolment.

See the world through a different lens

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging CUA50915 is a qualification recognised as one of the best in the industry. This course will develop your photographic eye, teach you new photographic techniques and push the boundaries of your creative practice. Our course will refine your skills and teach you how to market yourself within this $1 billion industry.

Develop skills and knowledge to enter industry

The Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging CUA50915 refines skills in the photographic disciplines and covers image capture, advanced studio and location lighting, digital image enhancement, web design and advanced-level printing. You’ll learn from friendly industry professionals, who will guide and support throughout your studies. We provide a variety of opportunities for you to become involved in the photographic industry and within multidisciplinary collaboration with other students in Melbourne Polytechnic’s extensive creative arts network. Our reputation for excellence is acknowledged by industry. Melbourne Polytechnic photography students are frequently shortlisted and awarded honours, including the Australian Institute of Professional Photography Student Photographer of the Year and then National Photographic Portrait Prize.

Become a photographer in demand

Our Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging CUA50915 will provide you with sound technical and theoretical knowledge combined with practical skills in creative image-making. The qualification is applicable across a range of industries, and you may find work in a variety of fields such as advertising, wedding and portrait photography, editorial photography, professional image retouching, digital image operation, events and corporate photography, media and documentary photography or artistic and illustrative photography.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

The knowledge and experience gained in the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging CUA50915 will provide opportunities to be self-employed, freelance or employed as a photographic assistant/technician or paraprofessional in commercial, advertising, fashion, food, wedding, portrait, digital imaging, editorial and press, sports, travel, stock library, illustrative, professional laboratory and scientific and technical photography
  • Assistant Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Digital Image Operation

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Studio
  • Face-to-face
  • Blended delivery
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

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

Assessment Methods

Assessment is by course work and folio presentation

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
CUAACD512 WORK WITH PHOTO MEDIA IN CREATIVE PRACTICE Elective 55
CUADIG508 REFINE DIGITAL ART TECHNIQUES Elective 80
CUAIND402 PROVIDE FREELANCE SERVICES Elective 30
CUAIND502 MAINTAIN AND APPLY CREATIVE ARTS INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE Elective 50
CUAPHI501 APPLY VISUAL COMMUNICATION THEORY TO PHOTO IMAGING PRACTICE Core 45
CUAPHI502 RESEARCH AND APPLY PHOTO IMAGING TRENDS Core 45
CUAPHI503 EXPLORE THE DESCRIPTIVE AND EMOTIVE NATURE OF PHOTO LIGHTING Elective 45
CUAPHI505 PRODUCE COMMERCIAL PHOTO IMAGES Elective 50
CUAPHI506 PROVIDE PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT SERVICES Elective 50
CUAPHI507 PRODUCE MEDIA PHOTO IMAGES Elective 50
CUAPHI511 MAKE ILLUSTRATIVE PHOTO IMAGES FOR PUBLICATION AND DISPLAY Elective 45
CUAPHI513 EMPLOY COLOUR MANAGEMENT IN A DIGITAL IMAGING WORKPLACE Core 45
CUAPHI514 PREPARE DIGITAL IMAGES FOR PRE-PRESS PROCESSING Elective 45
CUAPPR304 PARTICIPATE IN COLLABORATIVE CREATIVE PROJECTS Elective 50
CUAPPR501 REALISE A BODY OF CREATIVE WORK Elective 80
CUAPPR502 DEVELOP OWN SUSTAINABLE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE Elective 35
CUAPPR606 EXTEND EXPERTISE IN A SPECIALISED ART FORM TO PROFESSIONAL LEVEL Elective 80

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $10000 $13100
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $10250 $13350
Per year $18000
Per semester $9000

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.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

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 2021. 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.

Please note: The student tuition fees as published are for a full year of full-time study, and part-time June intake students are likely to pay less than half the above amounts. These figures are also subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Materials

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

Fees explained

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

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

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

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 be required to purchase specialist equipment/materials and printing paper as needed throughout the duration of the course
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 be required to purchase specialist equipment/materials and printing paper as needed throughout the duration of the course

Course Fees

The student tuition fees as published are for a full year of full-time study, and part-time June intake students are likely to pay less than half the above amounts. These figures are also subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Book an interview

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Requirements


Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
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 photography.*
*Applicants seeking entry into the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging are required to present a folio, which should demonstrate the use of a range of materials and techniques. Interview.

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 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 Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 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 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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