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Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

VTAC Code: CUA50915 Cricos: 090486E VTAC Number: Fairfield 6900368074

Overview

Campus

Fairfield, Prahran

Campus

Fairfield, Prahran

Duration

12 months full time / available part time

Duration

12 months

Requirements

Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging. Interview.

Requirements

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. CUA41115 Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging. Interview.

Next Intake

February 2021

Next Intake

February 2021

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

See the world through a different lens

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging 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 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 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 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

Pathways

On successful completion of this course you may continue on to further studies to complete a higher degree in your specialist field

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Studio
  • Face-to-face
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

You can study as a full time student for 12 months, or part time options are available. Please contact us for further information.
Full time: 3.5 days per week
Part time: Please contact us for further information
The Diploma timetable requires students to attend both the Fairfield and Prahran campuses.

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

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
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $9600 $12550
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $9850 $12800
Per year $17300
Per semester $8650
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

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

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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.

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

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


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.

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 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 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

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