Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging

National Code: CUA50920
TAFE SA Code: TP01218


Follow your creative flair and become a professional photographer with this industry-focused Diploma. Gain the creative confidence and technical skills you need to turn your passion for photography into a sustainable and rewarding­ career.
You’ll learn about running your own photography business, being a freelancer, creative thinking and problem solving, visual communication, studio lighting and design, and developing your own authentic photographic style. You’ll also develop your technical skills in a range of photographic genres including commercial and domestic photography, product, portraiture, food, architecture and advertising. Graduate with a portfolio of work and get started on your career in the exciting and dynamic world of professional photography.

Please note: Students are expected to have their own camera. All students are required to purchase a minimum 500gb external hard drive for their course.

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12 months 

Full Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Certificate IV in Photography or
  • Submission of a portfolio of photo imaging work that demonstrates the ability to respond effectively to different photo imaging challenges and requirements that demonstrates conceptual, technical and organisational skills in using 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

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
Full Fee

This course also has an additional cost of $110.00 for Licence fee for access to LinkedIn Learning and Contribution for participation in Graduate Exhibition.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • TAFE SA will email you information on the portfolio requirements and how to submit your portfolio. Please email enquiry@tafesa.edu.au if you are not contacted within 5 business days after applying.
    • Consider the short courses on offer in preparing your portfolio at https://www.tafesa.edu.au/courses/arts-design/photography
    • Students are expected to purchase their own digital camera (DSLR or mirrorless) with manual control features. Options for purchase are discussed in the first week of classes and it is recommended if you don't already have one; not to purchase before enrolment.
  • 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 Digital Imaging (CUA50920)
    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 4 core units and 13 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.

  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice 55
    Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace 55
    Explore and apply photo lighting techniques 45
    Research and apply photo imaging trends and emerging technologies 45


    Name Nominal Hours
    Capture photographic images 60
    Collaborate in creative processes 40
    Create multiplatform advertisements for mass media 40
    Employ specialised imaging technologies 80
    Extend professional expertise across new art forms and media 60
    Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art 80
    Make illustrative photo images for publication and display 55
    Produce commercial photo images 60
    Produce innovative digital images 70
    Produce media photo images 50
    Provide freelance services 40
    Provide photographic portrait services 50
    Realise a body of creative work 80
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