Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

National Code: CUA41115
TAFE SA Code: TP01003


This course is for you if you are passionate about photography and want to learn more. This course covers: How to manually control your camera and exposure; How to understand creative camera techniques; Working to a client brief; An introduction to post production including Adobe Lightroom and Adobe photoshop; An introduction to flash photography and studio lighting; An introduction to photography business practices; and The history of photography. It is expected you will either already own or be willing to purchase a camera with manual controls for this course and purchase a minimum 500gb external hard drive. Please speak to your lecturer if you are unsure what to purchase.

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Up to 6 months 

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees for the 6 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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This course also has an incidentals cost of $60.00 for Licence fee for access to LinkedIn Learning.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
    • Students doing this program will be expected to purchase a DSLR camera body and lens (preferably Canon or Nikon) and a tripod (such as Manfrotto 190 XB). If you do not already own these please wait until your first class to speak to a Lecturer about the specific requirements.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Practitioners may work in a range of industry contexts, including retail, commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging (CUA41115)
    This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply a broad range of technical skills in photo imaging, including lighting, image capture, enhancements and manipulation and output. Practice at this level is predominately digital. It is underpinned by the application of integrated technical, theoretical and historical knowledge of photo imaging and the ability to develop concepts and solutions in response to a brief. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 10 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply photo imaging lighting techniques 100
    Capture images in response to a brief 150
    Contribute to health and safety of self and others 20
    Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge 15
    Enhance, manipulate and output photo images 80
    Integrate colour theory and design processes 30
    Interpret and respond to a design brief 20
    Process photo images to work-print and file stage 120
    Research history and theory to inform own arts practice 70
    Store and maintain finished creative work 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Capture photographic images 50
    Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work 60
    Document the creative work progress 15
    Engage the customer 30
    Use social media tools for collaboration and engagement 20
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

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