Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

National Code: CUA50915
TAFE SA Code: TP01004


If photography is your passion, then unleash your creativity with this qualification. Explore photographic techniques, advertising, editorial, industrial, portraiture, still life, architecture, and fashion. Through projects, you’ll create a range of imagery for commercial and domestic clients. You can also specialise in a range of photographic work of your choice.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time

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Course Admission Requirements


  • Certificate IV in Photography or
  • Submission of a portfolio which showcases your technical skills and ability to produce a body of photo imaging work that demonstrates your ability to respond effectively to different photo imaging challenges and requirements and that demonstrates your conceptual, technical and organisational skills to use a range of professional digital and/or film cameras and accessories
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.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$2,261 - $2,680
$4,523 - $5,360
$1,806 - $2,140
$3,611 - $4,280

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.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$5,316 - $6,300
$10,631 - $12,600

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. This course also has an incidentals cost of $110.00 for Licence fee for access to LinkedIn Learning and Contribution for participation in Graduate Exhibition.

    • TAFE SA will email you information on the portfolio requirements and how to submit your portfolio. Please email if you are not contacted within 5 business days after applying.
    • Students doing this program will be expected to purchase a DSLR camera body (preferably Canon or Nikon), a short zoom lens for either full frame sensor cameras (Canon 24-70mm f2.8 USM lens or Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 ED lens) or reduced frame sensor cameras (Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM lens or Nikon AF17-55mm f2.8 ED-IF AF_S), a tripod (such as Manfrotto 190 XB) and a camera flash (such as Canon).
    • Students wishing to access subsidised training or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills.
    • 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.
  • Upfront Payment

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

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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 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

    Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging (CUA50915)
    This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have professional level specialised, technical and theoretical skills to plan, carry out and evaluate photo imaging services. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of design theory and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 14 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.

    * 2017 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

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice 45
    Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace 45
    Research and apply photo imaging trends 45


    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop self as artist 60
    Employ specialised imaging technologies 70
    Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting 45
    Extend professional expertise across new art forms and media 50
    Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art 70
    Make illustrative photo images for publication and display 45
    Present a body of own creative work 60
    Produce commercial photo images 50
    Produce innovative digital images 50
    Produce media photo images 50
    Provide photographic portrait services 50
    Realise a body of creative work 80
    Refine digital art techniques 80
    Style merchandise for photography 45
  • 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

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Media
    Bachelor of Media (majoring in Journalism)
    Bachelor of Media (majoring in Marketing)
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