Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging CUA41120

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This nationally recognised CUA41120 Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging will teach you the essential concepts and technical skills to begin your exciting photography career. Learn all the in-demand skills you need to transform yourself into a skilled and in-demand photographer.

Course Breakdown


CUA41120 Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging

Course duration: Self-paced - maximum of 18 months

Recommended hours per week: 24h

Delivery method: Online

Qualification level: Certificate IV

Awarded by: Open Colleges Pty Ltd (Provider number: 90796)


Industry Overview

Most photographers work in the professional, scientific and technical services industry, but they are also employed in industries such as retail, fashion, education and training, and real estate services.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook (

Is this course for you?

This course is perfect if you have no experience but would like to launch a career in photography.

A Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging will give you the technical skills to successfully establish or enhance your career in photography.

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.

What you will learn

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

Learning Material

Your learning materials are access through our online platform OpenSpace. These learning materials include 

  • Learning content 
  • Media 
  • Additional resources 
  • Learning activities 
  • Self-checks 

Your trainer

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.

Academic Information

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.

Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging

Capture photographic images
  • Prepare to capture images
  • Preview and experiment with image capture
  • Review images
  • Enhance images
  • Finalise image capture process
Process photo images
  • Prepare for photo image processing
  • Process images
  • Finalise the processing of photo images
  • Complete post-processing activities
Store and maintain finished creative work
  • Assess finished works for storage
  • Organise storage of finished works
  • Maintain stored works
Apply work health and safety practices
  • Implement safe work practices
  • Participate in hazard identification and risk assessment and control
  • Follow emergency procedures
Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge
  • Source industry information
  • Apply industry information
  • Update industry knowledge
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Assessment Details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Work Placement
  • Written assignments

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

We understand that you may already have many skills and areas of expertise that you have obtained in different ways and these are recognised through our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

Our Credit Transfer & Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, available in the Key Student Information section of our website, provides more information about our RPL process. Alternatively, you can contact an Enrolment Consultant to discuss your RPL options.

Course Duration

The duration for the course is self paced - maximum of 18 months. As a self-paced online course, the time it will take you to complete is flexible and dependent on ability and time available.



Open Colleges recommends that you consider the work placement options in your local area prior to enrolling in this course.


Study and pay, your way

Payment Options

Pay Upfront
Save 30%
$5,999.00 Save $2,571.00
was $8,570.00
Week to week
Pay as you go
Save 12%
Pay in 84 instalments over the length of your course.
$87.14 Weekly
Total course cost: $7,520.00
was $8,570.00
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Studying online with Open Colleges

Flexibility - study at your own pace

When you study online with Open Colleges you’re in control.

You can choose to complete your course quickly, or keep to a steady pace. Learning is fully flexible so you can fit your everyday commitments around your studies.

Everything you need to study is online so you can study wherever you like – but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own.

OpenSpace is our online learning platform. It’s where you’ll go to access your learning materials, contact your expert trainers and assessors and upload your assessments.

What is OpenSpace?

It’s important to us that we deliver a superior, online learning platform that meets our students’ needs. That’s why we have upgraded to our brand new, custom-designed learning platform, OpenSpace.

OpenSpace provides you with a user-friendly interface, that is mobile responsive. This means that you can complete your coursework using your laptop, iPad, or mobile device. All coursework is automatically saved, providing you with the flexibility you need to complete your studies anywhere, anytime.

How to get support?

Learning Support

The learning support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrolment to graduation. They’re here to help you get the most out of your online course. They can assist by providing non-academic support - like helping you craft an achievable study plan so that you can graduate in a realistic timeframe. If you’re finding it tough to stay motivated throughout your course, they’ll be there to help keep you on track.

Student support

The Student Support team is your one-stop service centre for all student administrative issues – including enrolment, change of contact details, OpenSpace support, assessment results and certification.

You can access the Student Support team by email or phone