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Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging CUA41115

Overview

This program provides students with fundamental photographic skills and knowledge through largely practice-based instruction. Students will engage in a range of group and self-initiated activities and produce professional standard photographic folios on location and in the studio. Content includes image capture, enhancement, manipulation, printing and output for a range or purposes, lighting techniques, digital video, applied photo theory, imaging traditions, work safety and industry awareness.

The qualification or equivalent skills and knowledge are required for entry into the Diploma of Photo Imaging at CIT.

A number of units in this program can be counted towards completion of the Diploma of Photo Imaging.

Qualification: Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging CUA41115
Program No: C4-BD20
Campus: CIT Reid 
Duration: 1 semester of full time study, approximately 20 hours per week with several units of competency carried over to a second semester as part of the Diploma of Photo Imaging or as part of a project-based delivery.
Likely Job Outcome: This qualification reflects the role of people who apply a broad range of skills in photo imaging, including lighting, image capture, enhancements and manipulation and output. They work in job roles, such as:

- digitech
- photographer assistant
- photo lab technician
- photo store specialist
- studio assistant.
Application Type: Public
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Additional Information

You are required to have your own DSLR camera, laptop and associated software to complete this course. Successful applicants who do not yet own suitable equipment should seek advice from staff in their first week of classes. It is recommended that students do not make purchases without proper advice.

You may also be required to pay additional ongoing costs of approximately $1000 per semester for textbooks, additional equipment, materials, stationary, excursions and exhibition fees.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

You must have an ACT Year 12 Certificate or equivalent OR be mature-age with a demonstrated interest in the field (this may include workplace or other practical experience).

You will be interviewed to assess your potential to successfully complete the program prior to enrolment.

You must complete and submit a course application and include as part of that application a pre-selection form.

Applicants will be short-listed based on the information supplied in the pre-selection form and/or by attendance at an interview to present a folio of recent photographs. The folio must be the applicant's own work and should be a selection of between 15-20 photographs, printed or digital. Images can be varied in concept or subject matter or can be representative of a single exploration.

Images can be digital, analogue, colour or black and white. If prints are presented they should be approximately A4 in size. If supplying digital files applicants must also bring a laptop or tablet to display them. Applicants can elect to include additional items such as drawings, multi-media works and visual diaries.

The interview panel will use the following criteria when determining an applicant's suitability for a place:

- Photography skills
- Aesthetic evaluation and judgement
- Creative and innovative thinking
- Motivation and interest in photography
- Communication and computer skills

Most students will commence their photography studies at the Certificate IV level.

You will need literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and numeracy skills (ACSF) to successfully complete this program. See below to check your literacy. If you do not have this level in any area, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Education and Community or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

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Literacy Skills Information

We suggest that you will need Australian Core Skills Framework literacy levels of at least 3 across reading, writing, learning, oral communication and, depending on your program of study, numeracy skills to successfully complete this program. See below to check your literacy skills. If you do not have this level, you can still enrol and seek support to improve your skills or you may prefer to begin with the lower level program. Please visit Education and Community or phone (02) 6207 4872 to have a chat to one of our teachers.

Transition Information

Qualifications at CIT are regularly updated or replaced to meet current industry needs and maximise your employment opportunities. If this occurs while you are part way through a qualification, you may need to vary your learning to meet the new national requirements. CIT will aim to make this as smooth as possible for you.

Subject Cancellations/Changes

To ensure positive outcomes for all students, CIT may need to cancel or change classes at short notice. CIT will make every effort to inform students as soon as changes are made and will also make every effort to offer alternative arrangements for students to meet the requirements of the subject and complete their qualification. In an unfortunate instance when this cannot be met, you will receive a full refund. Please ensure you maintain current contact details via CIT Self Service or by contacting CIT Student Services at infoline@cit.edu.au.


Subject Information

Complete all 15 subjects

  • CUAPHI301  Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge
    • CIT Code: PHOT189
      Cost: $30.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain currency and apply up-to-date information on the photo imaging industry, including the industry structure and operation, employment obligations and impact of new technology.It applies to individuals who work in commercial contexts such as photographic studios or photo printing and processing businesses, but could also be relevant to those who produce photographic works for exhibition.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI303  Process photo images to work-print and file stage
    • CIT Code: PHOT193
      Cost: $300.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce multiple proof sheets, work-prints and digital files that demonstrate the application of selected photo imaging techniques consistent with a specific brief.It applies to individuals who are responsible for completing either chemical or digital processes. They could be working in photo centres, specialised photo processing laboratories or photography studios.At this level, work may be undertaken independently or with supervision, depending on the work context.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI401  Capture images in response to a brief
    • CIT Code: PHOT192
      Cost: $380.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required plan and organise a camera shoot using professional equipment and a range of image capture techniques.It applies to individuals who produce photographs for print or electronic media and for a range of contexts including weddings, special events, portraits, forensics, art photography and specialist publications.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI402  Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
    • CIT Code: PHOT151
      Cost: $300.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select and apply lighting to a range of subjects in different work spaces.It applies to individuals who use light and shoot photos in a variety of contexts, including the fashion industry, advertising, live entertainment and screen and media, as well as those who use photography as a creative medium.Testing and tagging of electrical equipment must be carried out by a person with the relevant certificate of competency according to the performance specifications of Australian Standard 3760: 2000 In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment and Australian Standard 3002: 1985 Electrical installations – shows and carnivals.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI403  Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
    • CIT Code: PHOT194
      Cost: $160.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to enhance photo images ready for output. This process could be digital or using a wet darkroom. It applies to individuals who use techniques to enhance and resolve the concept for the image. They may work in photo centres, specialised photo processing laboratories or photography studios.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPPR403  Store and maintain finished creative work
    • CIT Code: ARTS194
      Cost: $60.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select a finished creative work for storage, assess its storage needs, protect it while preparing it for storage, and maintain it during storage. The unit also involves interpreting and applying archival principles and values during the process.It applies to individuals who work in all areas of creative practice. They could be responsible for storing and maintaining finished works in their own practice, or those in an artist-run studio, gallery, exhibition space or educational institution.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUARES403  Research history and theory to inform own arts practice
    • CIT Code: ARTS164
      Cost: $190.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use investigative and critical thinking techniques to evaluate history and theory information and distil key themes and ideas. It applies to individuals working in all areas of arts practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUADIG405  Produce innovative digital images
    • CIT Code: ARTS192
      Cost: $120.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to experiment with digital imaging techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice. It applies to individuals who produce digital art images for electronic media or physical/online display in art publications and galleries.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI302  Capture photographic images
    • CIT Code: PHOT148
      Cost: $100.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use a standard digital stills camera using a range of techniques. It applies to individuals who are planning a career in photo imaging, or in contexts where photography may not be the primary job role or main focus of work activity. At this level, work would be undertaken independently, but within established parameters and under supervision and guidance.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI305  Use wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome photographs
    • CIT Code: PHOT196
      Cost: $180.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply a range of techniques to produce monochrome photographs suitable for display or reproduction. It applies to individuals working in photo centres, specialised photo processing laboratories or photography studios. At this level, work may be undertaken independently or with supervision, depending on the work context.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPPR405  Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work
    • CIT Code: DSGN143
      Cost: $120.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and discuss ideas for own creative work. It involves research and analysis, as well as the ability to take part in critical and informed discussion with others about the creative work for a particular art form. It applies to individuals who work across all areas of creative practice. This work would usually be carried out under mentored supervision.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUADIG306  Produce video art
    • CIT Code: ARTS280
      Cost: $150.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce video art through the exploration and application of a range of techniques, tools, equipment and materials. It applies to individuals who apply their developing skills in video art to create finished works.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBWHS201  Contribute to health and safety of self and others
    • CIT Code: OHSS200
      Cost: $50.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in a manner that is healthy and safe in relation to self and others and to respond to emergency incidents. It covers following work health and safety (WHS) and emergency procedures and instructions, implementing WHS requirements and participating in WHS consultative processes. It applies to individuals who require a basic knowledge of WHS to carry out work in a defined context under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility, in a range of industry and workplace contexts.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • BSBDES402  Interpret and respond to a design brief
    • CIT Code: DSGN169
      Cost: $40.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to interpret and creatively respond to a design brief through the production of work.
      It applies to individuals working in any industry or design context where work is prescribed by a commissioning agent/client in a brief. Individuals are required to integrate the creative, communication and planning processes that support effective response to a design brief.
      Work is carried out independently, although guidance is available if required.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAACD401  Integrate colour theory and design processes
    • CIT Code: DSGN119
      Cost: $60.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to investigate and combine colour theory and design processes into two-dimensional or three-dimensional work. It applies to individuals who use design processes in visual communication situations.
      Prerequisites: Nil

Related Courses

Advanced Diploma Creative Product Development CUA60415
Diploma Photography and Photo Imaging CUA50915
Statement Attainment training Digital Photo Practice (Capture) [extract from CUA41115]
Statement Attainment training Digital Photo Practice (Lighting) [extract from CUA41115]
Statement Attainment training Digital Photo Editing (Lightroom) [extract from CUA41115]

More Information

For more information about this course please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au