The Certificate IV in Photoimaging enables 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.


Core Units (All required for award)

Introduction to Photography
Camera Portfolio 1
Introduction to the Darkroom
Introduction to the Studio
Digital Imaging 1
Camera Portfolio 2
Photographic Design

Elective Units (2 required for award)

Alternative Presentation
Advanced Lighting 1A
Photographic Concepts 1
Hand Made Photographs
Advanced Darkroom
Digital Imaging 2
Digital Imaging 3
Studio 2A
Portrait Photography 1A

The selection of two elective subjects from the above list is entirely up to the student based on your desired learning outcomes. We are always happy to help with subject selection, academic counselling and discussing your expected specialisation.

Course duration

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

The Certificate IV qualification 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 (three subjects per term) basis. At one subject per term the qualification will take just over two years to complete. Full-time, the qualification would take nine months to complete. Students can vary their study load each term.

All students should budget at least 6 hours per week, per subject of "homework" time on top of contact hours 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