Styling for Food Photography– Level 1


18 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Learn the basics of food styling for photography and tips and tricks to preparing food for the ideal shot. Investigate a range of food themes with styling and props to suit various themes. Create displays using bays, props and tables. Explore basic presentation skills with expert guidance through the process of taking great shots. The focus of this course is on the role of the stylist and not the photography. However, you are encouraged to take your own digital images throughout the course of your set-ups exploring viewpoints and angles.

Course content

  • Overview of the Food Industry
  • Brief through to completed job
  • Food styling - tricks of the trade
  • Table dressing for events
  • Basic presentation skills for preparing for a shoot
  • Prop research and sourcing methods
  • Food styling kit and tools of the trade highlighted
  • Photography basics will be discussed
  • Studio shoot


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

More details


Knowledge of food is beneficial, however, not essential.

Materials supplied

Pen/pencil and notebook.

Materials to bring

Throughout the course students will need access to food/design magazines, cookbooks and Digital Camera. A list of suggested materials will be given at commencement of class.

Suited to

This course is suited to anyone who would like to:

  • Personally publish their own recipe collection
  • Create their own professional portfolio; and/or
  • Explore other forms of artistry, including culinary art
  • Food industry professionals
  • Food lovers
  • Social media users - bloggers / instagram / pinterest
  • Photographers
  • Stylists

Additional notes

Teacher - Olivia Sparks

Olivia is a stylist in interiors, fashion, food and lifestyles, with many years of industry experience. Her tertiary studies were in business initially, and then creative study pursuits followed at RMIT University. Being a past student as well as working as a student mentor over many years, particularly to Interior Design and Decoration students and Visual Merchandising students, have assisted Olivia’s understanding of the education sector and the student community.


Participants gain insight into food styling profession and gain understanding of food styling tips and tricks, and how to apply them.

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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