Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

National Code: CUA50915
TAFE SA Code: TP01004


This course is for you if: You are passionate about photography and wish to pursue it as a career; You are confident using manual camera settings; You may already use post production such as Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.
The course covers: Photographic genres including: commercial and domestic photography, product, portraiture, food and advertising; Studio and location lighting; Design and composition; Creative thinking and problem solving; How to set up your photography business; How to charge clients; Photographic trends and developing your style; Videography and video editing; Colour management workflow; Compositing and post production techniques; Advanced Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop; Contacting a mentor in the industry; A folio production specialising in your chosen genre. It is expected students will already own their own camera.
All students will be required to purchase a minimum 500gb external hard drive.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    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.

    * 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 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

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    Bachelor of Media
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    Bachelor of Media (majoring in Journalism)
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