The Certificate IV in Photoimaging aims to enable students to:

  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of photographic practice, theory and history.
  • Display a broad proficiency and appreciation of photographic practice.
  • Make an informed decision about photography as a career.
  • Appreciate photography from an artistic and commercial perspective.
  • Apply informed skills and conceptual development to their photographic practice.

The Certificate IV in Photoimaging comprises the following seven core subjects; Introduction to PhotographyStudio 1Camera 1Darkroom 1Camera 2Design and Digital Imaging 1.

Students will then select two elective units from the following choices depending upon the student’s desired learning outcome; Concepts 1Darkroom 2ADarkroom 3AAlternative PresentationPortraiture 1AAdvanced Lighting 1ADigital Imaging 1Studio 2A or Digital Imaging 2.

The Certificate IV in Photoimaging can be completed in 1 year full time or 2 years part-time study.

Course duration

The Certificate IV course has a minimum of 243 contact hours with a nominal duration of 865 or more hours, depending upon elective subjects chosen.

The course is available on a part-time or full-time basis.

All applicants should budget at least 200%+ (i.e. 6 hours) more personal time quoted to adequately complete their studies. This is in order to complete the practical/research nature of the assignments set for each subject.


Please see the current timetable, or the course descriptions, for current pricing.

The Certificate IV is composed of a total of nine subjects; Introduction to Photography, and the six further core subjects listed above, plus two electives. Introduction to Photography costs a little less than other subjects as students will not have as much use of the CCP facilities.

You can calculate the total cost of the Certificate IV by adding the cost of Introduction to Photography and the cost of the further eight subjects.

Class prices are set for the year and are listed on the current schedule. Note an early enrolment discount applies for all classes if paid by the Census Date, also listed on the schedule.

The Certificate IV does not incur GST as it is nationally accredited. Applicants are advised to also budget between $100-$200 per subject for personal consumable items such as printing, or film and photographic paper.

More detail about the course competencies for the Certificate IV in Photoimaging (CUV40411) can be found on


Core Units (All required for award)

Elective Units (2 Required for award)