Course Description

Learning and Excellence Scholarship: It pays to be the best

Become top of the class by receiving high marks for your assessments and you could win back the cost of your course fees! Click here for more details. 

Your goal is a series of photographs that are coherent; that form a narrative. This course aims to bring more conscious thought and direction to what you are already exploring in the world of photography. Your objective is to elevate your current creative work to the next level.

Create. Harness the power of your ideas. Be inspired. Choose a creative focus: people, places, objects. What is moving you today?

Shoot. Learn professional camera craft. Discover light, space and visual solutions while learning to experiment with ways to enhance digital images.

Publish. This course is underpinned by industry-standard software; you will learn to access the Adobe Creative Cloud and will use Photoshop and InDesign.

You will be creating a digital photographic diary as you travel through the course and upon completion, you’ll also have an industry-standard portfolio to potentially enhance your career prospects. Your study material includes an interactive PDF which contains learning resources, checkpoints and a series of training videos to guide you on your creative journey.

Elevate your knowledge and skills and create a story with your photographs in a more professional, considered way. This course could be the first step towards a more specialised, considered approach to design and photography.

Learning and Excellence Scholarship: It pays to be the best

Become top of the class by receiving high marks for your assessments and you could win back the cost of your course fees! Click here for more details. 

Your goal is a series of photographs that are coherent; that form a narrative. This course aims to bring more conscious thought and direction to what you are already exploring in the world of photography. Your objective is to elevate your current creative work to the next level.

Create. Harness the power of your ideas. Be inspired. Choose a creative focus: people, places, objects. What is moving you today?

Shoot. Learn professional camera craft. Discover light, space and visual solutions while learning to experiment with ways to enhance digital images.

Publish. This course is underpinned by industry-standard software; you will learn to access the Adobe Creative Cloud and will use Photoshop and InDesign.

You will be creating a digital photographic diary as you travel through the course and upon completion, you’ll also have an industry-standard portfolio to potentially enhance your career prospects. Your study material includes an interactive PDF which contains learning resources, checkpoints and a series of training videos to guide you on your creative journey.

Elevate your knowledge and skills and create a story with your photographs in a more professional, considered way. This course could be the first step towards a more specialised, considered approach to design and photography.

Potential career outcomes

  • Digital Image Technician
  • Image Designer for Web and Online Advertising
  • Photographer
  • Studio Assistant
  • Trainee/Assistant Photographer
Course number F001P
Qualification name CUV40311 Certificate IV in Design (Specialising in Photography)
Course duration Maximum 24 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Portfolio, Projects, Short-Answer Questions, Written Reports
Fee for service option awarded by
  • Open Colleges (Provider number: 90796)

Learning and Excellence Scholarship: It pays to be the best

Become top of the class by receiving high marks for your assessments and you could win back the cost of your course fees! Click here for more details. 

Your goal is a series of photographs that are coherent; that form a narrative. This course aims to bring more conscious thought and direction to what you are already exploring in the world of photography. Your objective is to elevate your current creative work to the next level.

Create. Harness the power of your ideas. Be inspired. Choose a creative focus: people, places, objects. What is moving you today?

Shoot. Learn professional camera craft. Discover light, space and visual solutions while learning to experiment with ways to enhance digital images.

Publish. This course is underpinned by industry-standard software; you will learn to access the Adobe Creative Cloud and will use Photoshop and InDesign.

You will be creating a digital photographic diary as you travel through the course and upon completion, you’ll also have an industry-standard portfolio to potentially enhance your career prospects. Your study material includes an interactive PDF which contains learning resources, checkpoints and a series of training videos to guide you on your creative journey.

Elevate your knowledge and skills and create a story with your photographs in a more professional, considered way. This course could be the first step towards a more specialised, considered approach to design and photography.

Open Colleges may make changes to the course from time to time to reflect changes introduced to the relevant Training Package or other regulatory requirements. Please download to the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Fee For Service Schedule

Module 1: Create, shoot and publish a project

  • Work safely
  • Implement workplace safety requirements
  • Participate in OHS consultative processes
  • Follow safety procedures
     
  • Develop a questioning mindset
  • Generate ideas and responses
  • Challenge, test and re-invent ideas
  • Enhance creative thinking skills
  • Prepare to capture digital images
  • Preview and experiment with image capture
  • Review images
  • Enhance images
  • Finalise image capture process
  • Arrange elements on page
  • Finalise artwork
  • Check quality

Module 2: Digital techniques and publishing

  • Use scanner to capture photo images
  • Use digital camera to create photo images
  • Edit photo images
  • Prepare photo image assets
  • Confirm client design brief
  • Set up document
  • Arrange elements on page
  • Finalise artwork
  • Check quality
  • Retrieve work prints or digital files
  • Plan image output
  • Prepare work environment for analogue or digital work
  • Enhance and manipulate the images
  • Output images
  • Restore work environment and resources

Module 3: Design theory

  • Collect information on history and theory of design
  • Apply information to own area of work
  • Update and maintain knowledge of design trends
  • Define the design challenge
  • Undertake research to inform the design solution
  • Communicate and collaborate with others
  • Generate ideas and responses to the design challenge
  • Select a design solution
  • Interpret design brief
  • Explore and develop design concept
  • Liaise with client
  • Plan production of work

Module 4: Project builder, design and imaging

  • Develop ideas for project work
  • Organise the creative project
  • Create finished work
  • Evaluate own work
  • Develop proficiency with a range of digital imaging techniques and media
  • Develop ideas for digital imaging
  • Organise digital imaging resources
  • Create finished digital images
  • Evaluate own digital imaging work
  • Research information on colour theory and design processes
  • Communicate ideas through the application of colour and design theory
  • Evaluate design work

Module 5: Create a portfolio - personal style

  • Interpret image capture briefs
  • Prepare for camera shoots
  • Capture images
  • Restore work area and equipment

Module 6: Create a portfolio - commercial

  • Set up lighting for photo shoot
  • Light subjects
  • Complete and review shoot
  • Complete post-shoot activities

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

Creative Ability

You’ll need some creative and design skills to start this course. You can demonstrate these skills through:

  • Completion of a relevant subject at High School (such as Art, Design, Digital Media, Animation or Communication); OR
  • Other qualifications in a related field; OR
  • Other relevant work experience where you use your creative and design skills.

Minimum Age

You will need to be at least 18 years old

English

This course involves reading learning content and undertaking a range of written assessments and engaging in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication. As such, entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 12 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
  • 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication

Open Colleges recognises that not all people are able to read, write and perform calculations to the same standard. See the Language, Literacy and Numeracy Considerations section for more information on tools, resources and support services provided to by Open Colleges.

Computing

All users:

  • Microsoft Office 2010 or equivalent
  • Broadband internet connection. Please note ADSL2+ is recommended due to the volume of downloading and uploading large files required by the course.
  • 4GB of Ram – 8GB is Recommended
  • 10.5GB available hard disc space for installation; additional free space is required during installation.
  • DVD – Rom Drive – compatible with dual layer DVD’s
  • 1280 x 800 display (1280 x 1024 recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM
  • Adobe Reader XI or equivalent
  • Access to a printer and associated software
  • Scanner and associated software
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • File compression software.
  • Windows users:

Microsoft Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8 recommended)

  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
  • Intel Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher software required to export SWF file
  • Open GL 2.0 – Capable system
  • Java Runtime Environment 1.6
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for HTML 5 media playback and multimedia features.

Mac OS users:

  • Mac OSX v10.5 or higher (Mac OS X v v10.9 recommended)
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended)
  • Multicore Intel® processor with 64-bit support
  • Adobe Flash Player 10 or higher.

Equipment

You will need to have access to:

  • Digital SLR camera with either a zoom lens or interchangeable lenses and camera software (Canon or Nikon recommended) and tripod
  • Graphics capable monitor for accurate colour calibration
  • Photographic lighting equipment for Study Period 6

You can seek advice from your trainer and assessor or course coordinator with regard to accessing this equipment.

You will also need access to a digital video recording device. Many digital SLR cameras, mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.

Skills

You will require basic computing skills, including:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
  • Accessing and searching the internet
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites
  • Uploading documents through websites
  • Understanding of participating in online discussions
  • Attach and use peripheral devices such as scanners, digital cameras, media storage (e.g., flash drive for design storage).
  • Save a compressed file (.zip)
  • Save a PDF File
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images
  • Connecting digital video devices and downloading and storing videos
  • Compressing image audio and video files.

It is also highly desirable that you have:

  • Familiarity with Internet searches
  • Experience with social media platforms
  • Basic experience with Photoshop or Adobe Creative Suite software.

If you do not have these fundamental computer skills, you will be directed to undertake a relevant Open Colleges Skill Builder Course.

Additional

This course requires the use of design industry software. You will need access to the Adobe Creative Suite, which can be purchased on subscription through the Adobe Creative Cloud (ACC). The ACC subscription is not included in the course fee. Student subscriptions are available at a reduced price. Refer to the Adobe website www.adobe.com.au.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy

Our free online assessment tool can help give you an idea of the language, literacy and numeracy skills needed to study a VET course. This tool can also help you determine your learning level and help you plan your future studies.

You can access the Language, Literacy and Numeracy tool here.

Antony Cirocco

Antony Cirocco MA BA has worked as a photographer for over 18 years. He has worked with clients in both state government and the private sector. Antony has also produced feature length broadcast documentaries, music videos and over 300 TV commercials. He has successfully managed short course education programs at AFTRS and served as the Film and Television Head of Department for JMC Academy in South Melbourne. Antony has also worked as a contract lecturer, course and program designer for the Academy of Information Technology, The International Film School Sydney, CATC Design School and Think Education. Antony began his teaching career in Japan over a decade ago.

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