Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging - CUA41115

VOCATIONAL

Gain practical photography skills and begin building your professional photography portfolio, and see if a career as a photographer is right for you.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

See c4415

Duration:
Not applicable
Fees:

Not applicable

Next intake:
Not applicable
Location:
Not applicable
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

IELTS 5.5

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$23,500 (2022 total)

Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City

This Qualification has been superseded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and will change in 2022.

You can still apply for this program and you will be supported to transfer into the new qualification once it becomes available. This may result in changes to the program structure, content and fees.

Overview

Gain practical photography skills and begin building your professional photography portfolio, and see if a career as a photographer is right for you.

You will initially study all areas of photography in the Certificate IV and upon successful completion, advance to areas of specialisation in the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging.

The one-year Certificate IV is designed to reflect the role of individuals working as photographers' assistants. You will learn to apply a broad range of skills in lighting, image capture, enhancements, manipulation and output.

Upon successful completion, you are encouraged to apply and advance into areas of specialisation in the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging. This is also a one-year qualification, where you’ll produce highly professional folios of work both on location and in studio and gain technical skills to plan, carry out and evaluate photo imaging services.

*This is a JobTrainer course. Check your eligibility.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Details

You will learn through hands-on practice in labs, studios and outdoor locations.

Theory subjects are taught in a lecture format and all classes are taught by industry practitioners who have current knowledge of new technologies and photo imaging techniques.

Study areas include advertising, industrial, portrait, documentary, video, design, business practices, compositing, digital retouching, photojournalism, illustrative, fashion, wedding, and fine art photography.

You will learn from teachers who are working professionals, focused on developing each students’ own individual aesthetic approach and practice.

Our staff, as industry practitioners, are able to support networking opportunities with industry and alumni to help guide you in gaining employment upon graduation. As part of the curriculum, you will not only learn creativity and theory but also the business skills you need to help you freelance or start your own career. Flexible study options are available for those who currently work or are aiming to work in the industry while studying.

Students are assessed via folios, printed output, written documentation, essay work, online testing and exhibitions. Although some projects are team orientated most work is individual.

The Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging also offers strong links to the arts industry, gallery tours and exhibitions, guest speakers and visiting arts practitioners.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with vocational practice.

All teaching staff are practicing photographic professionals with extensive industry experience, which will enrich your learning.

Photography has close links with industry and gives students opportunity to work in a variety of environments including RMIT marketing, community-based projects and exhibitions.

In addition, the program makes regular use of industry connections such as guest speakers and gallery visits, to ensure you are exposed to current developments in the photographic practice.

Diploma level students will have the opportunity to participate in a two week study tour to Shanghai, China where students will observe and work collaboratively with Chinese undergraduate design students alongside one of the largest commercial studios in the Asia-Pacific region.

The skills taught throughout the curriculum are of international standard and can be used in Australia and overseas. Many of the teaching staff have worked overseas, which helps students learn about the photo imaging world on a global scale. A number of our graduates go on to work locally, nationally and internationally.

You will have the opportunity to attend talks, workshops and exhibitions by international artists through our International Artists In Residence (iAIR) program. The School of Art Galleries supports the iAIR program and you are encouraged to become actively involved in order to gain a greater understanding of the industry.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this certificate and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

This course may change for 2022 due to the revision of the National Training Package.

You will be admitted to the Certificate IV level of the training package and upon successful completion you can apply to study the next qualification (Diploma).

Year 1 - Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

The Certificate IV is designed to reflect the role of individuals working as photographers' assistants. You will learn to apply a broad range of skills in lighting, image capture, enhancements, manipulation and output.

Areas covered include:

  • image capture (in studio, location and in response to a brief)
  • lighting techniques
  • image enhancement and digital manipulation
  • digital output and printing
  • colour theory
  • design
  • research practice
  • video production
  • occupational health and safety (OHS)
  • business practice
  • personal development.

Year 2 - Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

The Diploma is for photo imaging practitioners with a sound theoretical knowledge base. You will use a range of specialised and technical competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate photo imaging services.

Areas covered include:

  • advanced lighting
  • colour management
  • innovation and presentation
  • interactive media and web environments
  • photo images for media, publication and technical purposes
  • styling
  • visual communication
  • business skills and work practices
  • digital retouching
  • compositing
  • print output.

Please note: each qualification level is a new enrolment in a new qualification. Your eligibility for a government-subsidised place will be assessed before you enrol in each new qualification, and the results of these assessments will determine the fees you will pay.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging
Program code: C4373
National curriculum code: CUA41115

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging
City Campus
1 Year - Full Time
C4373
090434F
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 Year - Full Time
Plan code
C4373
CRICOS
090434F

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan C4373 - 3200372074

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

IMPORTANT: International students can only enrol in plans that have a CRICOS code. Plans listed above which do not display a CRICOS code are not CRICOS registered. RMIT is in the process of seeking CRICOS registration for these plans and is awaiting the outcome.

Career

Many of our graduates gain employment soon after they complete their studies and often win local, national and international awards.

You may find work as a photographer, technologist or paraprofessional in areas including advertising, commercial, industrial, photo journalism, wedding and portrait photography.

Many of our graduates go on to establish and run successful, independent practices due to their strong business and problem-solving skills, and their ’can do’ attitude. Graduate pathways include articulation to the Bachelor of Arts (Photography), Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) undergraduate qualifications.

This certificate has a strong emphasis on becoming an expert user of industry standard software and practices. This helps ensure you are industry ready upon completion of your studies.

Possible job outcomes include:

  • commercial/advertising photographer
  • domestic portrait photographer
  • fashion photographer
  • industrial/architectural photographer
  • media photographer
  • educator/photographer
  • sports photographer
  • wedding photographer
  • photographic assistant
  • digital retoucher
  • photojournalist
  • digital compositor

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

There are no minimum academic requirements. 

None

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

Semester 1, 2022 selection task

Applications are now closed for Semester 1 2022.

If you are applying via VTAC you must complete and submit the selection task by the following dates:

Selection task dates for VTAC applicants

VTAC round Submission due date
Early round (Non year 12 only) 30 September 2021

Main round (All applicants)

19 November 2021

All subsequent rounds (if places are available)

3 February 2022

Selection task dates for RMIT current or recent students

RMIT current or recent students please submit your application direct to RMIT. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.

Applicant type Register and submit the selection task
Direct applicants* 9 February 2023

Selection task requirements

Applicant statement

An applicant statement outlining why you want to study Photo Imaging (maximum 250 words).


A statement outlining your exposure, if any, to the photography industry, for example work experience, school projects, training, personal work, etc. (maximum 250 words).


Folio

A folio of 8 to 15 images of your best work, demonstrating a range of style and content. Images can be black and white, colour or a mix of both. Your images must be hosted on a website, blog, Tumblr, Flickr etc. You will be required to supply the URL. If the URL is to a private page please provide the password.

Folio presentation

If further information is needed to make a selection decision, you will be invited to a folio presentation by email to discuss your folio and articulate your ideas, and demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.

Some applicants may be selected based solely on their selection task and may not be required to attend a folio presentation

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You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

Entry score calculator
Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

Pre-selection kit: You are required to submit a completed pre-selection kit (PDF 82kb) along with your application.

Folio presentation: You may be required to present your folio to a selection panel. You may be interviewed, either in person or via telephone/video call.

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
  • C1 Advanced: minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this certificate from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

You are guaranteed entry in the Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging when you successfully complete the Certificate IV in Photo Imaging.

You are guaranteed entry in the Bachelor of Arts (Photography) and will receive 2 semesters of credit (equivalent to 96 credit points) when you successfully complete the Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging.

Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry to other RMIT vocational study or undergraduate programs.

Fees

JobTrainer courses

JobTrainer is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth and State Government which provides additional funding for free or low-fee (20% of the listed tuition fee) training courses for young people and job seekers. Eligible applicants will be able to access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund.

Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether you may be eligible.

If you have any questions you can contact Study@RMIT.

The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE or JobTrainer fee waiver.

2022 fees

The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.

  • 2022 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$1,200.00* per annum
  • 2022 government subsidised place: AU$6,000* per annum
  • 2022 full-fee place: AU$12,750* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Eligibility Exemption criteria

**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

You may be entitled to apply for a fee concession or exemption if you are in a Victorian Government subsidised place and you meet the eligibility criteria.

If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$23,500.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

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This qualification has been superseded by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

Local applicants visit C4415 Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging - CUA41115 for full details and to apply.

If you are an international student please select 'switch to international' below to view the full course information.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.