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Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging CUA50915

Overview

This qualification reflects the role of photo imaging practitioners who possess a sound theoretical knowledge base and use a range of specialised and technical competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate photo imaging services

The qualification applies to a range of industry contexts, including commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography, where the practitioner is required to:
- interpret photo imaging assignment briefs from a range of clients
- consult with clients to refine objectives of photo imaging assignments
- select appropriate technologies and workflows, to capture images, including type of camera, image recording media, lighting, post-capture processing and outputs
- work from a studio or in a range of locations
- employ aesthetic, conceptual, compositional and technical skills to realise outcomes
- use a range of traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies when preparing, capturing and distributing image products.

If you wish to further your studies in this discipline, it is recommended that you continue your study in the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development offered at CIT.

Some units completed in this Diploma may count towards completion of the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development.

Qualification: Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging CUA50915
Program No: DP-BD20
Campus: CIT Reid 
Duration: 2 semesters of full time study (approximately 25 hours per week including project time)
Likely Job Outcome: People with CUA50915 Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging are able to work in a range of commercial and artistic photo imaging disciplines.

This qualification also prepares people for learning at higher levels, including Degree qualifications in photo imaging practice.
Application Type: Private
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Additional Information

You are required to have your own DSLR camera, lenses, portable flash equipment, a laptop and associated software to complete this course. You are advised to seek advice from staff members before any purchase.

In addition to the course fees you may also be required to pay additional ongoing costs for textbooks, additional equipment, materials, stationary, excursions and exhibition fees.

Applicants with advanced industry knowledge may apply for a process of skills recognition.

To apply for skills recognition, please complete and submit a course application and include as part of that application a pre-selection form.

Entry Requirements / How to Apply

To apply for this qualification, you must
- have an Australian Year 12 or complete a literacy assessment with CIT to demonstrate a literacy of at least ACSF Level 3 in writing and maths
- AND have a Certificate IV in Photo Imaging or be able to demonstrate relevant professional skills and knowledge*.

*If you do not have a Certificate IV in Photo Imaging you will be asked to present a portfolio of your work at an interview where you will need to demonstrate the following:

- photo imaging work demonstrating the ability to respond effectively to different photo imaging challenges and requirements, and the capacity to refine concepts and images in line with current industry standards
- engagement with the design process by developing solutions through research, reflection and the generation and refinement of ideas
- application of knowledge of the photo imaging industry, its trends and traditions
- technical photo imaging knowledge and skills, including use of a range of professional digital cameras and accessories for image capture; selection and use of professional camera and lighting equipment for a range of subjects in different physical environments; enhancement and manipulation techniques using current industry standard software; use of electronic processing techniques.

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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 17 subjects

  • CUAPHI501  Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
    • CIT Code: PHOT225
      Cost: $495.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce creative and innovative photo images based on visual communication theory. It applies to individuals who research and evaluate visual communication theory and use it to inform their practice.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI502  Research and apply photo imaging trends
    • CIT Code: PHOT255
      Cost: $788.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to investigate photo imaging trends and emerging technologies and assess their creative and commercial applications. It applies to self-directed creative practitioners who use knowledge of emerging trends to evaluate, plan and implement changes to their workflows, products and technology. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI513  Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
    • CIT Code: PHOT228
      Cost: $788.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to manage the integrity of colour across digital imaging devices. It applies to individuals who apply self-directed technical skills and knowledge to manage the accuracy and consistency of colour in digital and hybrid (digitised or scanned film or print) work processes. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUADIG405  Produce innovative digital images
    • CIT Code: ARTS192
      Cost: $735.00
      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
  • CUAPHI503  Explore the descriptive and emotive nature of photo lighting
    • CIT Code: PHOT226
      Cost: $788.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce creative photo images using photo lighting principles. It applies to individuals who apply the selection and control of lighting and light quality to enhance the emotive power of photo images taken in the studio and on location. At this level, work is usually carried out independently, with supervision or guidance available as required. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  •  Realising a body of creative work
    • CIT Code: ARTS359
      Cost: $760.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to integrate conceptual, technical and organisational skills to create a coherent body of work in any creative form. It applies to individuals who are at the beginning of their professional practice and whose completed work conveys a well developed command of materials, process and technique, and strong conceptual and theoretical development.
      This subject achieves the unit of competency CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • SITXEBS003  Build and launch a small business website
    • CIT Code: MGNT645
      Cost: $1488.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to build a basic website to meet business needs, including selecting a hosting service and appropriate web development software, planning the website structure and undertaking actual construction of the site. It requires technical skills and knowledge typically needed by a business that elects to develop its own site rather than access the services of IT professionals.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI514  Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
    • CIT Code: PHOT229
      Cost: $788.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to prepare client image files for pre-press processing. It applies to individuals who possess the self-directed skills and knowledge to process image files prior to printing. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI505  Produce commercial photo images
    • CIT Code: PHOT271
      Cost: $875.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce commercial photo images, liaising with clients, art directors and associated professionals. It applies to individuals who respond to open or closed briefs to create photo images in areas including advertising, architecture, industrial, corporate, fashion and food. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI506  Provide photographic portrait services
    • CIT Code: PHOT269
      Cost: $875.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce portrait images for personal, family or corporate collections.It applies to individuals who document and produce professional portrait images in key moments, moods and events based around individuals, families and gatherings. People in this role may be responsible for supervising others.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI507  Produce media photo images
    • CIT Code: PHOT268
      Cost: $875.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce photo images for media services. It applies to individuals who interpret editorial team assignments, work with journalists and liaise with public safety services and the general public. They usually work unsupervised and may also work with journalists and a range of creative personnel.No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI508  Provide wedding photo imaging services
    • CIT Code: PHOT270
      Cost: $788.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to provide photo imaging services to wedding clients. It applies to individuals who create and deliver professional images that capture key moments, moods and activities on a wedding day. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI510  Produce technical photo images
    • CIT Code: PHOT273
      Cost: $1024.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce technical photo images for institutional clients. It applies to individuals who produce photo images for forensic, medical, scientific (including mining and environmental) and museum or library purposes. Photographers in these roles may work independently or as part of a team within an institutional structure. No licensing, legislative or certification conditions apply to this unit at the time of publication.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI511  Make illustrative photo images for publication and display
    • CIT Code: PHOT272
      Cost: $788.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to produce illustrative images that communicate concepts, ideas and factual information in ways to evoke emotive responses in the viewer. It applies to individuals whose work is intended for use in a wide range of publishing and display environments, including scientific, technical, book and magazine publications, promotions and the internet. This work would usually be undertaken independently, although occasionally it would be undertaken collaboratively with other personnel.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUADIG406  Produce innovative video art
    • CIT Code: ARTS281
      Cost: $925.00
      Description: This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to experiment with video art techniques and ideas to develop an individual style or voice. It applies to individuals who produce video art for electronic media or physical/online display in art publications and galleries.
      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUADIG508  Refine digital art techniques
    • CIT Code: ARTS282
      Cost: $1400.00
      Description:

      This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to refine digital media techniques and to develop own digital art style in a body of creative work. This occurs through a process of research, refinement and evaluation, and encompasses animation, video and sound production.It applies to individuals whose professional practice includes the creation of digital media works. Work could be completely digital or an integration of digital and traditional media.

      Prerequisites: Nil
  • CUAPHI305  Use wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome photographs
    • CIT Code: PHOT196
      Cost: $955.00
      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

Related Courses

Advanced Diploma Creative Product Development CUA60415
Certificate IV Photography and Photo Imaging CUA41115
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

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