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Course Description

From the history of photography to advanced skills in Adobe Photoshop CC, the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging gives you the technical skills and business acumen you need to successfully establish or enhance your career in photography.

Please note that on the 15th April 2021, this course was superseded and replaced by CUA41120 - Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging. You can still enrol, however at the moment, the new course is not yet available. Open Colleges will communicate with you in due course once the new course is available.

During this course you will:

  • Learn about the history and various genres of photography.

  • Build a marketable portfolio of work throughout the course.

  • Become familiar with pre-production, production and post-production workflow.

  • Learn how to respond to a client’s brief.

  • Master colour management and lighting effects and develop advanced skills in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC.

  • Gain an understanding of sound and current business practices relevant to the photography industry.

Why study this course with us?

  • 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 Photo 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

  • You will receive a year membership to Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)

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

Potential career outcomes

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

Course Details

Course number E1334
Qualification name CUA41115 Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Portfolio of evidence, Projects, Short-answer questions, Video, Written reports
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)

Requirements

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

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.

English

This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as 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 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 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 you by Open Colleges.

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.
  • Adobe Reader DC or equivalent
  • Access to a scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software 
  • File compression software 
  • Hard disc storage 1T. or above.
  • Back-up: External Hard drive 1T or above. 
  • Access to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, minimum

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

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

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

It is essential that you have access to a specific place where you undertake your assessment activities. You will also require a Digital SLR or mirrorless camera with manual controls, raw file format, HD video capture and interchangeable lenses.

Additional

This course requires the use of industry software. You will need to arrange a subscription at your own cost to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography including Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC. Student subscriptions are available at a reduced price. Refer to the Adobe website.

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

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module.

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.

Photography: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

You will research a photographer and genre of your choice to spark your creativity.

  • Research history and theory
  • Link research to own arts practice
  • Update and maintain knowledge of trends in own arts practice

Colour, design, lighting and editing

In this module you’ll shoot still life images and learn about lighting, colour and design. You’ll photograph a subject of your choice e.g. a bowl of fruit, dishes, technology (phone/headphones), instruments. You’ll shoot indoors in controlled lighting like you would on a product photography shoot.

  • 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

Knowing the industry and working safely

This module will teach all about how the industry works! Learn how other photographers work and their place within the industry.

  • Source and apply industry information
  • Update and maintain industry knowledge
  • Work safely
  • Implement work safety requirements
  • Participate in WHS consultative processes

Producing commercial and innovative images

This module concentrates on commercial photography - in particular, portraits and fashion.

  • Establish contract for shoot
  • Prepare for shoot
  • Shoot and produce images
  • Wrap up and review shoot
  • Experiment with digital imaging techniques and media
  • Develop ideas for digital imaging
  • Organise digital imaging resources
  • Realise finished digital images
  • Evaluate digital imaging work

Processing and archiving

You’ll learn about finishing images by adjusting and exporting them for various delivery requirements, platforms and sizes. You’ll also learn about the best ways to back-up and protect your work.

Interpreting and responding to briefs

In this module you will learn how to work and succeed in the photography business – how to start working with clients, how to photograph for others and respond to a design brief, as well as how to develop contracts, work out costing, and receive payment.

Freelancing and portfolio exhibition

You’ll learn how to get work and how to get paid! This module teaches you how to provide freelancing services legally and gives you an understanding of tax invoices, and how to build your business. You’ll learn about invoicing, creating an ABN, creating a business name and copyright. By the end of the course you will have a digital portfolio for promotional purposes. You may choose to specialise in one genre or include shots captured during the course covering a variety of genres.

  • 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.

zipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to zipMoney over an agreed period of time. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.

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

Sarah Abad

Sarah is a Photographer and Creative Content Producer. With over 10 years’ experience in design education and over 15 years’ experience with still and moving image creation and production, she enjoys being challenged with new projects, collaborating with other creatives and pushing herself to learn new skills in order to further develop and enrich both her creative and teaching practice.

For the past 10 years, Sarah has led a team of training specialists. She has also curated, exhibited and produced shows for key industry and cultural events, such Parramatta Laneways Festival and Head On Photo Festival.

Sarah holds a Bachelor Degree in Visual Communication, majoring in Photography and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

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selected course fees when you pay upfront.

Offer ends on Sunday 26th September 2021 at 11:59pm AEST.

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Course at a Glance

The CUA41115 Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging can help you develop new skills in digital photography or enhance existing ones. Study both practice and theory, learn about the photography industry and how to market your skills professionally.

Career Outcomes

  • checkAssistant Technician Photo Production
  • 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

Course at a Glance

The CUA41115 Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging can help you develop new skills in digital photography or enhance existing ones. Study both practice and theory, learn about the photography industry and how to market your skills professionally.

Career Outcomes

  • checkAssistant Technician Photo Production
  • 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 30% OFF

* Use voucher code - SEPOFF21

selected course fees when you pay upfront.

Offer ends on Sunday 26th September 2021 at 11:59pm AEST.

*Terms & conditions

From the history of photography to advanced skills in Adobe Photoshop CC, the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging gives you the technical skills and business acumen you need to successfully establish or enhance your career in photography.

Please note that on the 15th April 2021, this course was superseded and replaced by CUA41120 - Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging. You can still enrol, however at the moment, the new course is not yet available. Open Colleges will communicate with you in due course once the new course is available.

During this course you will:

  • Learn about the history and various genres of photography.

  • Build a marketable portfolio of work throughout the course.

  • Become familiar with pre-production, production and post-production workflow.

  • Learn how to respond to a client’s brief.

  • Master colour management and lighting effects and develop advanced skills in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC.

  • Gain an understanding of sound and current business practices relevant to the photography industry.

Why study this course with us?

  • 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 Photo 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

  • You will receive a year membership to Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP)

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

Potential career outcomes

  • Assistant Technician Photo Production
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Photo-Equipment Sales Assistant
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Sole Trader in photographic products and services
Course number E1334
Qualification name CUA41115 Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging
Course duration Maximum 18 months
Delivery Method Online
Recognition Nationally Recognised Nationally Recognised Training
Assessments Portfolio of evidence, Projects, Short-answer questions, Video, Written reports
Awarded by
  • Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)

Education

There are no formal education entry requirements for this course.

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.

English

This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments, as well as 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 10 level.

If you haven't successfully completed English at Year 10 level, you can demonstrate equivalency through one of the following:

  • Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate II level or higher; or
  • 2 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 you by Open Colleges.

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.
  • Adobe Reader DC or equivalent
  • Access to a scanner and associated software
  • Digital imaging software 
  • File compression software 
  • Hard disc storage 1T. or above.
  • Back-up: External Hard drive 1T or above. 
  • Access to Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, minimum

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

Digital equipment

You will need access to:

  • A digital video recording device and/or a digital camera and associated software to save and upload video, image and audio files to OpenSpace. Many mobile phones and smart phones include this technology.
  • Software to view online videos and images. Software such as Adobe Reader, Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer etc. are available as a free download from the internet.

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

It is essential that you have access to a specific place where you undertake your assessment activities. You will also require a Digital SLR or mirrorless camera with manual controls, raw file format, HD video capture and interchangeable lenses.

Additional

This course requires the use of industry software. You will need to arrange a subscription at your own cost to the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography including Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC. Student subscriptions are available at a reduced price. Refer to the Adobe website.

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.

Once you are enrolled in this course, you will receive access to the first Module, which contains the first set of units for the course. When you have successfully completed those units, you'll be given access to the next Module.

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.

Photography: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

You will research a photographer and genre of your choice to spark your creativity.

  • Research history and theory
  • Link research to own arts practice
  • Update and maintain knowledge of trends in own arts practice

Colour, design, lighting and editing

In this module you’ll shoot still life images and learn about lighting, colour and design. You’ll photograph a subject of your choice e.g. a bowl of fruit, dishes, technology (phone/headphones), instruments. You’ll shoot indoors in controlled lighting like you would on a product photography shoot.

  • 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

Knowing the industry and working safely

This module will teach all about how the industry works! Learn how other photographers work and their place within the industry.

  • Source and apply industry information
  • Update and maintain industry knowledge
  • Work safely
  • Implement work safety requirements
  • Participate in WHS consultative processes

Producing commercial and innovative images

This module concentrates on commercial photography - in particular, portraits and fashion.

  • Establish contract for shoot
  • Prepare for shoot
  • Shoot and produce images
  • Wrap up and review shoot
  • Experiment with digital imaging techniques and media
  • Develop ideas for digital imaging
  • Organise digital imaging resources
  • Realise finished digital images
  • Evaluate digital imaging work

Processing and archiving

You’ll learn about finishing images by adjusting and exporting them for various delivery requirements, platforms and sizes. You’ll also learn about the best ways to back-up and protect your work.

Interpreting and responding to briefs

In this module you will learn how to work and succeed in the photography business – how to start working with clients, how to photograph for others and respond to a design brief, as well as how to develop contracts, work out costing, and receive payment.

Freelancing and portfolio exhibition

You’ll learn how to get work and how to get paid! This module teaches you how to provide freelancing services legally and gives you an understanding of tax invoices, and how to build your business. You’ll learn about invoicing, creating an ABN, creating a business name and copyright. By the end of the course you will have a digital portfolio for promotional purposes. You may choose to specialise in one genre or include shots captured during the course covering a variety of genres.

  • 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.

zipMoney Payment Plan

If you need a little more flexibility with your finances and would like to pay off your course fees over a longer period of time, we can assist by organising zipMoney to pay your course fees directly to us on your behalf, and you pay this loan back to zipMoney over an agreed period of time. zipMoney provides you flexible options of selecting a 24, 36 or 48 months interest-free, payment plan (dependant on which course you’re enrolling into) to suit your lifestyle, giving you more flexibility than ever before.

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.

Sarah Abad

Sarah is a Photographer and Creative Content Producer. With over 10 years’ experience in design education and over 15 years’ experience with still and moving image creation and production, she enjoys being challenged with new projects, collaborating with other creatives and pushing herself to learn new skills in order to further develop and enrich both her creative and teaching practice.

For the past 10 years, Sarah has led a team of training specialists. She has also curated, exhibited and produced shows for key industry and cultural events, such Parramatta Laneways Festival and Head On Photo Festival.

Sarah holds a Bachelor Degree in Visual Communication, majoring in Photography and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

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