Please note that because of the requirement for parent and school permission, VET enrolment cannot be done online. Please contact the CCP for enrolment or with any questions at all.

Photography is an exciting industry and interest in it and its applications are rapidly growing with the advent of digital technology. Students may wish to become photographers, designers or filmmakers, all careers linked to photography.

Many people in seemingly unrelated fields find that camera and post-production skills are valuable in their jobs, for example with businesses creating their own marketing material. Also, the skills of problem-solving, attention to detail and lateral thinking are engrained in a photographic education.

We are passionate about teaching this trade to the next generation of photographers. We have the privilege of teaching a cohort of VET students every year who thrive in an environment that is hands-on, challenging and supportive at a stage when they are beginning to map their future.

Overview and study options

The VET Programme consists of students participating in “Creative Camera A” and “Creative Camera B” in one semester of study. On completion of their VET studies students are eligible to continue studying photography through the CCP and complete the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging (CUA41115) and the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging (CUA50915).

The VET Photography modules offered at the CCP run for a duration of 9 weeks. The courses generally run 9am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm on Fridays. All times and days are available subject to numbers. See the schedule for details of which module is running in which time slot.

Successful, motivated students can opt to complete extra units from the mainstream Certificate subjects and work towards the award whilst gaining extra SACE credits.

Each unit of competency is 27 contact hours. The nominal hours for each unit are 80 hours for Creative Camera A and 150 hours for Creative Camera B.

Download the CCP Course Structure – CUA41115 Photo Imaging IV (VET IN SCHOOLS) PDF for more details on competency codes and titles.

For the latest SACE Board of SA policy on VET visit the SACE Board of SA website.

Intended Participants

The intended participants for the VET program are students from Senior Secondary schools and colleges. Read about a current VET student who has continued with the Cert IV / Diploma program here.

Mission Statement

The CCP is a private educational institution devoted to promoting the highest level of photographic art practice. It is committed to helping people explore their career options and to mastering their craft, while developing their artistic talents in search of their career regardless of a person’s sex, sexuality, marital status, race, physical disability, age or intellectual disability.

Delivery Pathways & SACE

Creative Camera A & Creative Camera B:
There are two delivery options available to students wishing to undertake the VET Program modules -either Creative Camera A or Creative Camera B.

The CCP offers both modules with a CCP lecturer delivering the course. Students, from various schools, would be expected to attend the CCP during school hours on the nominated day and time. These sessions (morning or afternoon) are for three hours with extra time for darkroom use available.

Completion of the Creative Camera A module equals 80 nominal hours and 150 nominal hours for Creative Camera B.  This fulfils the requirements for 10 and 20 SACE credits respectively.

Teaching Approach

The duration for each module is 3 hours each weekfor 9 weeks (1 term). Courses are held on site at the CCP unless otherwise negotiated. The courses are structured to meet the training needs of individual students. A number of teaching methods are utilised including:

  • Demonstrations

  • Assignments

  • Lectures and presentations

  • Films and videos

  • Analysis of photographic works

  • Excursion(s)

  • Journal writing

  • Self evaluation

  • Studio / Darkroom practice

  • Extra Studio / Darkroom time

Advice with the development of portfolios for entrance to art school or personal use will be given on an individual basis, if requested.


Creative Camera A & Creative Camera B:
Competency-based assessments will be conducted as part of participating in each module with requirements outlined for students at the beginning of the course. The learning outcomes have been developed to meet competency standards set by the industry.
On completion of each module students will receive a Statement of Attainment.

Module Details

Creative Camera A (equivalent to Introduction to Photography):
This subject is for the novice who owns a DSLR camera and wishes to learn how to operate it. Students will learn about all basic camera functions and creative and conceptual considerations.
Topics covered:
Cameras, lenses, shutter speeds and f-stops, correct exposures, basic film processing and chemistry, contact sheets and enlarging, test strips and print controls, dodging, burning, and photographic retouching.

Creative Camera B (equivalent to Camera 1):
Students will begin to extend their conceptual and technical knowledge with their photographs. Historical and contemporary practices will be discussed. Further development of an individual photographic or multi-media portfolio will continue. Students will be encouraged to explore various techniques and ideas associated with the medium with an emphasis on the cross-fertilization of disciplines.

Topics covered:
Extending your knowledge of photographic concepts, infra-red film, abstraction / design, sequencing, hand-held light meters, on-camera flash equipment, portraits, landscapes, history & photographic evaluation.

Costs and Material Requirements

Creative Camera A & Creative Camera B:
Please see the current schedule for this year’s pricing. Included are a workbook, a journal, and a glue stick. Students will be required to organise and pay for their own digital printing or darkroom consumables as applicable.
Students must have their own manually operated DSLR camera or access to one; the Centre for Creative Photography will supply any film-based cameras whenever necessary.  Whilst all Darkroom equipment and chemistry is supplied by the Centre, it is expected that students will supply extra film and paper or digital output.


Enrolment Form & Further Information

Please consult with the VET or SACE Coordinator at your school while considering enrolment.

Please note that because of the requirement for parent and school permission, VET enrolment cannot be done online. Please contact the CCP for enrolment or with any questions at all.

Continuing students can use the VET enrolment form (PDF).