Course Details



Study Load

Full Time

Course Location

New South Wales


Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

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. Practitioners may work in a range of industry contexts, including commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography. Licensing/Regulatory Information No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • 17 units: 3 core
  • 14 elective


  • Work with photomedia in creative practice
  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business
  • Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
  • Develop own sustainable professional practice
  • Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
  • Develop strategies to monetise digital engagement
  • Manage a small team
  • Produce innovative digital images
  • Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
  • Author interactive media
  • Identify and interpret compliance requirements
  • Work with the human form in creative practice
  • Present a body of own creative work
  • Create observational drawings
  • Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
  • Administer projects
  • Manage client account
  • Lead and manage team effectiveness
  • Manage personal work priorities and professional development
  • Create user interfaces
  • Work with diverse people
  • Manage risk
  • Produce technical photo images
  • Plan social media engagement
  • Design user interfaces
  • Manage media assets
  • Implement preventive conservation activities
  • Make illustrative photo images for publication and display
  • Evaluate and review compliance
  • Design effective user experiences
  • Manage budgets and financial plans
  • Collaborate in a creative process
  • Refine printmaking techniques
  • Research and apply photo imaging trends
  • Ensure a safe workplace
  • Design a digital action plan for small business
  • Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
  • Originate and develop concepts
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Develop a workplace learning environment
  • Investigate printmaking materials and processes
  • Employ specialised imaging technologies
  • Implement e-business solutions
  • Maintain and apply creative arts industry knowledge
  • Create distributed multiplatform digital advertisements
  • Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
  • Produce commercial photo images
  • Produce media photo images
  • Develop self as artist
  • Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities
  • Manage specialised finishing processes
  • Provide freelance services
  • Style merchandise for photography
  • Use and respect copyright
  • Provide wedding photo imaging services
  • Implement and monitor marketing activities
  • Manage copyright arrangements
  • Plan and produce stock photo images
  • Implement design solutions
  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • Realise a body of creative work
  • Undertake project work
  • Refine digital art techniques
  • Manage operational plan
  • Provide photographic portrait services
  • Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
  • Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
  • Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
  • Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
  • Plan and produce visual art photo images
  • Establish networks
  • Design digital applications
  • Design effective web search responses
  • Build and launch a small business website

Standard entry requirements

To enter this qualification, individuals must have the conceptual, technical and organisational skills to use of a range of professional digital and/or film cameras and accessories to produce a folio of photo imaging work that demonstrates the ability to respond effectively to different photo imaging challenges and requirements. Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience, or through formal study.