The Diploma of Photoimaging enables students to:

  • Demonstrate a skilled knowledge of photographic practice, theory and history.
  • Display a specialised proficiency and appreciation of photographic practice, problem solving and resource management.
  • Transfer and apply technical, creative or theoretical skills to a range of photographic situations.
  • Appreciate photography from an artistic and commercial perspective as an assistant or professional practitioner.
  • Apply advanced skills and conceptual development to their photographic practice.
  • Take responsibility for the design and production of a broad range of photographic images.


This course is available to applicants who have completed the Certificate IV in Photoimaging (CUV40411) or who can demonstrate the equivalent industry knowledge.


Core Units (all required for award)

Camera Portfolio 3*
Photographic Concepts 1*
Digital Imaging 2*
Digital Imaging 3*

* Students who have completed Photographic Concepts 1, Camera Portfolio 3, Digital Imaging 2 or Digital Imaging 3 for the Certificate IV in Photoimaging will need to take a corresponding extra elective(s) for the Diploma. This is to satisfy the requisite total hours towards the Diploma.

Elective Units (5 required for award)

Group A (2 required for award)

Photographic Concepts 2
Photographic Concepts 3
Alternative Presentation
Advanced Lighting 2
Photography for Exhibition (counts as 2 units over 2 terms)

Group B (2 required for award)

Advanced Lighting 1B*
Studio 2B*
Portrait Photography 2

Group C (1 required for award)

Camera Portfolio 4
Hand Made Photographs B*
Advanced Darkroom B*
Portrait Photography 1B*
Introduction to the View Camera

*Advanced Darkroom B, Portraiture 1B and Commercial 1B are taught at the same time as their Certificate IV equivalents (suffixed with an “A”) however additional coursework and higher standards are required from students doing these units as Diploma electives.

The selection of 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 Diploma can be completed in approximately 1 year full time or 2 years part-time study.

The Diploma course has a minimum of 486 contact hours with a nominal duration of 615 to 715 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.

More detail about the course competencies for the Diploma in Photoimaging (CUV50411) can be found on the National Training Information Service website.


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

The Diploma is composed of a total of nine subjects as outlined above. The total cost of the Diploma is the current course price, multiplied by nine.

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 Diploma 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 Diploma of Photoimaging (CUA50915) can be found on