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CUA41120

Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging

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Course Description

Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging gives you the technical skills and business acumen you need to establish or enhance your career in photography successfully.

Open Colleges will be migrating to a new learning management system (LMS) for this course by early 2023.  Students will be moved into the new LMS, and this will have no impact on a student’s studies.  Further details will be shared closer to the time.

  • You will graduate from the course with a digital portfolio of work to present to prospective employers and clients.
  • The course content is current and relevant and is both written and approved by industry experts.
  • The Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging, offers all the knowledge you need to start working in the industry, including both technical and creative aspects to help you develop your practical photography skills, as well as your own unique style.
  •  With Open Colleges' CIV in Photography and Digital Imaging, you will graduate with a nationally recognised qualification.

During your studies, you will learn how to:

  • Capture photographic images
  • Process photo images
  • Store and maintain finished creative work
  • Apply work health and safety practices
  • Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge
  • Integrate colour theory and design processes
  • Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
  • Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
  • Produce commercial photo images
  • Plan and style merchandise photo shoots
  • Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • Capture images in response to a brief

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

Potential career outcomes

  • Assistant Technician Photo Production
  • Compositor
  • Digital Retoucher
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Photo-Equipment Sales Assistant
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Sole Trader in photographic products and services

Course Details

Course number E1398
Qualification name CUA41120 Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging
Course duration Self paced - maximum of 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Multiple choice Quiz, Projects, Role plays, Video, Written assessments
Awarded by Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)

Requirements

Entry Requirements

There are no mandated education entry requirements for this qualification, per the CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package. There are no mandatory Open Colleges entry requirements.

It is also recommended that students

  • Are at least 16 years old (note: students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol)
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to read and comprehend complex information and learn effectively in an online self-paced environment. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete a qualification at Certificate III level or higher, or
  • Achieve an ACSF Level 3

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian or require guardian/parental consent.

Physical Requirements

You will require the physical ability to operate equipment and resources in a safe manner, and to consider safe manual handling when working with lighting and photography equipment, props, and people.

Computing

All users: 

  • Microsoft Office 2016 or above
  • Broadband internet connection. Please note, ADSL2+ minimum, is recommended due to the volume of downloading and uploading large files required by the course.
  • RAM: 16GB minimum. 32GB is recommended
  • 1920 x 1080p display (1920 x 1080p recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM
  • Access to Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop, minimum
  • Adobe Reader DC or equivalent
  • Access to a scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software
  • Back-up: External Hard drive 1T or above

Windows users: 

  • Microsoft Windows 10 or higher 
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended) 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support*; 2 GHz or faster processor
  • Operating system
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64-bit),
  • Microsoft Windows 10 October 2018 update (64-bit) version 1809 or later
  • Graphics card- nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 or equivalent; nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 or Quadro T1000 is recommended

Mac OS users: 

  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended) 
  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • macOS version 10.13 (High Sierra), macOS version 10.14 (Mojave), macOS version 10.15 (Catalina)
  • Graphics card- nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 or equivalent; nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 or Quadro T1000 is recommended

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents.
  • Accessing and searching the internet.
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites.
  • Uploading documents through websites.
  • Participating in online discussions.
  • Compressing image files.
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images.

Equipment and tools

This course requires you to have access to a specific tools, equipment, resources and locations.

You will need a place to undertake your assessment activities. This simulated work environment should be approximately 3m x 4m with available natural light.

The following tools, equipment and resources are required and will need to be purchased at your own cost:

  • A Smartphone
  • Digital SLR or mirrorless camera - A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera (Canon or Nikon are recommended) with manual controls, raw file format, HD video capture and interchangeable lenses OR
  • A Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC) with an interchangeable lens (zoom or prime lens), manual controls, raw file format, HD video capture and interchangeable lenses
  • A camera tripod
  • A memory card
  • A graphics capable monitor for accurate colour calibration
  • A range of professional lighting equipment and accessories including:
    • A set of spring clamps and laundry pegs
    • 4-6 socket surge protected power board and electrical extension cords
    • 3 lights to create key, fill and backlight for 'Three-point lighting' set-up. Portable LED lights preferred. Alternatives: Halogen 150-250 Watts, Tungsten Lights, Daylight bulbs or Flashlight /Torch · 3 tripod stands (for lighting) 
  • A table or worktop with trestles for studio work
  • Background card size: A3 or A2: White, Black and optional Silver/ Gold/ Colours
  • Props - can be a series of selected objects that are appropriate and effective in an image composition - resourced from learners' environment
  • A computer table and appropriate chair
  • Dry storage space for camera equipment

Prices of each item will vary and be dependent on your own preferences. We recommend that you research and identify the associated costs of the additional items prior to enrolling in the course.

NOTE: 'On location' means a suitable, safe environment, often outside/ exterior that effectively responds to the constraints of an assessment brief.

For unit CUAPHI412 Apply photo imaging lighting techniques you will need to access commercial lighting equipment, depending on your design brief. You will need to source, purchase, or hire this equipment.

You are required to arrange a subscription (at your own cost) to the Adobe Creative Cloud, which will provide all software, technical support and training material for the Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud and Photoshop Creative Cloud - check the Adobe website for current pricing.

Industry have suggested that a useful resource you can access is PHLearn. This is an online tutorial platform that provides access to hundreds of professional tutorials on Adobe. Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and specific photography techniques. The platform provides a suite of free tutorials and a subscription-only Pro tutorial suite. Students wishing to access the Pro features will need to do so at their own cost, in addition to the course fee.

You will also need access to ‘models’ – these may be relatives or friends who are willing to sign a model release form. This course includes a requirement to record video and/or audio roleplays. These will require participation by 1-2 other people sourced by you.

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.

Subjects

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 the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1

  • Prepare to capture images
  • Preview and experiment with image capture
  • Review images
  • Enhance images
  • Finalise image capture process

Module 2

  • Prepare for photo image processing
  • Process images
  • Finalise the processing of photo images
  • Complete post-processing activities
  • Assess finished works for storage
  • Organise storage of finished works
  • Maintain stored works

Module 3

  • Implement safe work practices
  • Participate in hazard identification and risk assessment and control
  • Follow emergency procedures

Module 4

  • Source industry information
  • Apply industry information
  • Update industry knowledge

Module 5

  • Research information on colour theory and design processes
  • Communicate ideas through the application of colour and design theory
  • Evaluate design work
  • Set up lighting for photo shoot
  • Light subjects
  • Capture images
  • Complete post-shoot activities
  • Plan image output
  • Prepare for analog or digital work
  • Enhance and manipulate images
  • Output images
  • Complete post-shoot activities

Module 6

  • Establish contract for shoot
  • Prepare for shoot
  • Shoot and produce images
  • Review images
  • Wrap up shoot
  • Determine creative direction of photo shoot
  • Plan photo shoot
  • Style photo shoot
  • Review images

Module 7

  • Interpret design brief
  • Explore and develop design concept
  • Liaise with client
  • Plan production of work
  • Complete production of work
  • Plan for camera shoots
  • Prepare for camera shoots
  • Execute image capture process
  • Review images
  • Complete post-shoot activities

Module 8

  • Develop ideas for digital imaging
  • Organise digital imaging resources
  • Realise finished digital images
  • Evaluate digital imaging work

Module 9

  • Develop ideas for a body of creative work
  • Plan and organise production of creative work
  • Develop own approach to documenting body of work
  • Collaborate with others in producing work
  • Create finished work
  • Evaluate own creative work
  • Promote self to potential clients
  • Negotiate work arrangements
  • Manage financial and business aspects of service
  • Undertake strategic planning

Payment Options

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

BPAY®

With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from - whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

BPAY® is a trademark of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Check if BPAY® is right for you by reading the terms and conditions available from your Financial Institution.

Trainers

Melissa Neumann

Melissa is a photographer, small business owner and Creative Content Producer. With over 30+ years in the photography industry, she has won many awards for her work including South Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year (2009) and South Australian Family Photographer of the Year (2010). She is known for portraits that capture the personality and beauty of her subjects. 

Melissa has served on the industry related boards and judged photography competitions in Australia and overseas, as well speaking at Stat and National Photography events. 

Melissa strongly believes that photography is important in capturing moments and history. With over 15 years’ experience in education and content development focusing in areas such as Information technology, Multimedia, Photography, and Graphic Design. 

Melissa holds a Diploma in Information technology and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. 

SAVE FROM 20% OFF

Selected course fees when you pay upfront.

Voucher code: FEBRUARY05

Offer ends on Sunday 5th February 2023 at 11:59pm AEST.

*Terms & conditions

Course at a Glance

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Career Outcomes

  • checkAssistant Technician Photo Production
  • checkCompositor
  • checkDigital Retoucher
  • checkFreelance Photographer
  • checkPhoto-Equipment Sales Assistant
  • checkPhotographer’s Assistant
  • checkSole Trader in photographic products and services
computer

Delivery Method

Online

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Payment

Flexible payment options available

Recognition

Nationally recognised

Nationally Recognised Training

Why study with us?

  • Study at your pace
  • Flexible payment options
  • Nationally recognised accreditation
  • World-class learning platform

Course at a Glance

icon for career outcomes

Career Outcomes

  • checkAssistant Technician Photo Production
  • checkCompositor
  • checkDigital Retoucher
  • checkFreelance Photographer
  • checkPhoto-Equipment Sales Assistant
  • checkPhotographer’s Assistant
  • checkSole Trader in photographic products and services
computer

Delivery Method

Online

credit_score

Payment

Flexible payment options available

Recognition

Nationally recognised

Nationally Recognised Training

SAVE FROM 20% OFF

Selected course fees when you pay upfront.

Voucher code: FEBRUARY05

Offer ends on Sunday 5th February 2023 at 11:59pm AEST.

*Terms & conditions

Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging gives you the technical skills and business acumen you need to establish or enhance your career in photography successfully.

Open Colleges will be migrating to a new learning management system (LMS) for this course by early 2023.  Students will be moved into the new LMS, and this will have no impact on a student’s studies.  Further details will be shared closer to the time.

  • You will graduate from the course with a digital portfolio of work to present to prospective employers and clients.
  • The course content is current and relevant and is both written and approved by industry experts.
  • The Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging, offers all the knowledge you need to start working in the industry, including both technical and creative aspects to help you develop your practical photography skills, as well as your own unique style.
  •  With Open Colleges' CIV in Photography and Digital Imaging, you will graduate with a nationally recognised qualification.

During your studies, you will learn how to:

  • Capture photographic images
  • Process photo images
  • Store and maintain finished creative work
  • Apply work health and safety practices
  • Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge
  • Integrate colour theory and design processes
  • Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
  • Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
  • Produce commercial photo images
  • Plan and style merchandise photo shoots
  • Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • Capture images in response to a brief

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation. You may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and complete your studies faster. Please note - limitations do apply.

Potential career outcomes

  • Assistant Technician Photo Production
  • Compositor
  • Digital Retoucher
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Photo-Equipment Sales Assistant
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Sole Trader in photographic products and services
Course number E1398
Qualification name CUA41120 Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging
Course duration Self paced - maximum of 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Multiple choice Quiz, Projects, Role plays, Video, Written assessments
Awarded by Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)

Entry Requirements

There are no mandated education entry requirements for this qualification, per the CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package. There are no mandatory Open Colleges entry requirements.

It is also recommended that students

  • Are at least 16 years old (note: students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol)
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to read and comprehend complex information and learn effectively in an online self-paced environment. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete a qualification at Certificate III level or higher, or
  • Achieve an ACSF Level 3

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian or require guardian/parental consent.

Physical Requirements

You will require the physical ability to operate equipment and resources in a safe manner, and to consider safe manual handling when working with lighting and photography equipment, props, and people.

Computing

All users: 

  • Microsoft Office 2016 or above
  • Broadband internet connection. Please note, ADSL2+ minimum, is recommended due to the volume of downloading and uploading large files required by the course.
  • RAM: 16GB minimum. 32GB is recommended
  • 1920 x 1080p display (1920 x 1080p recommended) with 16 – bit colour and 512 MB of V RAM
  • Access to Adobe Lightroom Classic and Adobe Photoshop, minimum
  • Adobe Reader DC or equivalent
  • Access to a scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software
  • File compression software
  • Back-up: External Hard drive 1T or above

Windows users: 

  • Microsoft Windows 10 or higher 
  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended) 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support*; 2 GHz or faster processor
  • Operating system
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (64-bit),
  • Microsoft Windows 10 October 2018 update (64-bit) version 1809 or later
  • Graphics card- nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 or equivalent; nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 or Quadro T1000 is recommended

Mac OS users: 

  • 1 Ghz or faster processer (2GHz recommended) 
  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • macOS version 10.13 (High Sierra), macOS version 10.14 (Mojave), macOS version 10.15 (Catalina)
  • Graphics card- nVidia GeForce GTX 1050 or equivalent; nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 or Quadro T1000 is recommended

Skills

To successfully complete this course, you will require basic computing skills. This includes:

  • Creating, saving and editing Microsoft Office documents.
  • Accessing and searching the internet.
  • Downloading and saving documents from websites.
  • Uploading documents through websites.
  • Participating in online discussions.
  • Compressing image files.
  • Connecting digital cameras and downloading and storing images.

Equipment and tools

This course requires you to have access to a specific tools, equipment, resources and locations.

You will need a place to undertake your assessment activities. This simulated work environment should be approximately 3m x 4m with available natural light.

The following tools, equipment and resources are required and will need to be purchased at your own cost:

  • A Smartphone
  • Digital SLR or mirrorless camera - A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera (Canon or Nikon are recommended) with manual controls, raw file format, HD video capture and interchangeable lenses OR
  • A Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC) with an interchangeable lens (zoom or prime lens), manual controls, raw file format, HD video capture and interchangeable lenses
  • A camera tripod
  • A memory card
  • A graphics capable monitor for accurate colour calibration
  • A range of professional lighting equipment and accessories including:
    • A set of spring clamps and laundry pegs
    • 4-6 socket surge protected power board and electrical extension cords
    • 3 lights to create key, fill and backlight for 'Three-point lighting' set-up. Portable LED lights preferred. Alternatives: Halogen 150-250 Watts, Tungsten Lights, Daylight bulbs or Flashlight /Torch · 3 tripod stands (for lighting) 
  • A table or worktop with trestles for studio work
  • Background card size: A3 or A2: White, Black and optional Silver/ Gold/ Colours
  • Props - can be a series of selected objects that are appropriate and effective in an image composition - resourced from learners' environment
  • A computer table and appropriate chair
  • Dry storage space for camera equipment

Prices of each item will vary and be dependent on your own preferences. We recommend that you research and identify the associated costs of the additional items prior to enrolling in the course.

NOTE: 'On location' means a suitable, safe environment, often outside/ exterior that effectively responds to the constraints of an assessment brief.

For unit CUAPHI412 Apply photo imaging lighting techniques you will need to access commercial lighting equipment, depending on your design brief. You will need to source, purchase, or hire this equipment.

You are required to arrange a subscription (at your own cost) to the Adobe Creative Cloud, which will provide all software, technical support and training material for the Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud and Photoshop Creative Cloud - check the Adobe website for current pricing.

Industry have suggested that a useful resource you can access is PHLearn. This is an online tutorial platform that provides access to hundreds of professional tutorials on Adobe. Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and specific photography techniques. The platform provides a suite of free tutorials and a subscription-only Pro tutorial suite. Students wishing to access the Pro features will need to do so at their own cost, in addition to the course fee.

You will also need access to ‘models’ – these may be relatives or friends who are willing to sign a model release form. This course includes a requirement to record video and/or audio roleplays. These will require participation by 1-2 other people sourced by you.

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.

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 the course guide for current information about the course and its status.

Module 1

  • Prepare to capture images
  • Preview and experiment with image capture
  • Review images
  • Enhance images
  • Finalise image capture process

Module 2

  • Prepare for photo image processing
  • Process images
  • Finalise the processing of photo images
  • Complete post-processing activities
  • Assess finished works for storage
  • Organise storage of finished works
  • Maintain stored works

Module 3

  • Implement safe work practices
  • Participate in hazard identification and risk assessment and control
  • Follow emergency procedures

Module 4

  • Source industry information
  • Apply industry information
  • Update industry knowledge

Module 5

  • Research information on colour theory and design processes
  • Communicate ideas through the application of colour and design theory
  • Evaluate design work
  • Set up lighting for photo shoot
  • Light subjects
  • Capture images
  • Complete post-shoot activities
  • Plan image output
  • Prepare for analog or digital work
  • Enhance and manipulate images
  • Output images
  • Complete post-shoot activities

Module 6

  • Establish contract for shoot
  • Prepare for shoot
  • Shoot and produce images
  • Review images
  • Wrap up shoot
  • Determine creative direction of photo shoot
  • Plan photo shoot
  • Style photo shoot
  • Review images

Module 7

  • Interpret design brief
  • Explore and develop design concept
  • Liaise with client
  • Plan production of work
  • Complete production of work
  • Plan for camera shoots
  • Prepare for camera shoots
  • Execute image capture process
  • Review images
  • Complete post-shoot activities

Module 8

  • Develop ideas for digital imaging
  • Organise digital imaging resources
  • Realise finished digital images
  • Evaluate digital imaging work

Module 9

  • Develop ideas for a body of creative work
  • Plan and organise production of creative work
  • Develop own approach to documenting body of work
  • Collaborate with others in producing work
  • Create finished work
  • Evaluate own creative work
  • Promote self to potential clients
  • Negotiate work arrangements
  • Manage financial and business aspects of service
  • Undertake strategic planning

Pay in Full

You can choose to pay your course fees in full upon enrolment and benefit from a 10% discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Pay 50% & Payment Plan Combo

You can also choose to pay 50% of your total course fees upon enrolment and the balance on a Payment Plan.  When you do, you’ll benefit from 50% of the standard Pay in Full discount (unless otherwise advertised).

Payment Plan

You can choose to pay for your course in weekly or fortnightly instalments. By paying in instalments, you can schedule your payments around your regular outgoings and get ahead without breaking the bank. Open Colleges payment plans are interest-free.

BPAY®

With BPAY®, you’re able to pay quickly and securely, 24/7 through your internet, mobile or phone banking service. You can choose when, how much and from which account to pay from - whatever works for you. BPAY® is only available when paying in full. Call an Enrolment Consultant to find out more. 

BPAY® is a trademark of BPAY Pty Ltd ABN 69 079 137 518. Check if BPAY® is right for you by reading the terms and conditions available from your Financial Institution.

Melissa Neumann

Melissa is a photographer, small business owner and Creative Content Producer. With over 30+ years in the photography industry, she has won many awards for her work including South Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year (2009) and South Australian Family Photographer of the Year (2010). She is known for portraits that capture the personality and beauty of her subjects. 

Melissa has served on the industry related boards and judged photography competitions in Australia and overseas, as well speaking at Stat and National Photography events. 

Melissa strongly believes that photography is important in capturing moments and history. With over 15 years’ experience in education and content development focusing in areas such as Information technology, Multimedia, Photography, and Graphic Design. 

Melissa holds a Diploma in Information technology and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. 

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