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Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging

  • Certificate

Develop your photographic eye with a qualification recognised as one of the best in the industry.

Key details

Degree Type
Certificate
Duration
12 months full-time
Course Code
CUA41115, 090436D
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb

About this course

July intake is for select units only. Please contact the department for further information.

Sharpen your focus on your photography career

Develop your photographic eye with a qualification recognised as one of the best in the industry. Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging will develop your technical skills, conceptual thinking, photographic eye and help you produce a sharp portfolio to get ahead and stay ahead. Photography in Australia is a $1 billion industry and is taking on more prominence in our visual landscape across social media. This course will develop your technical skills in a creative and supportive environment.

Enlarge your photographic skills

Melbourne Polytechnic's Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging will teach you everything you need to know to take excellent photos, including image capture, studio and location lighting, DSLR video, darkroom, digital printing, image enhancement, styling and exhibition. Our facilities and resources are professional industry-standard so you can build a comprehensive folio. Melbourne Polytechnic has a strong industry reputation for excellence. We're the three-time winner of the Institute of the Year Award in the AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards. Your teachers will have industry-experience, and you'll prepare for the professional photographic industry through excursions, visiting speakers, industry-relevant projects and course exhibitions.

Develop a successful future

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the skills to work as a studio assistant or assistant photographer. Potential employers include wedding or portrait studios, digital retouching agencies, print laboratories or photographic sale points. Students who successfully complete the Certificate IV will also have the opportunity to continue with further study and progress into our Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging.

Entry requirements

  • apply through VTAC or direct to Melbourne Polytechnic
  • VCE applicants selected by ATAR or interview/folio presentation
  • non-VCE applicants selected by interview/folio presentation

Study locations

Fairfield

Career pathways

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the skills to work as a studio assistant or assistant photographer.

  • Portrait Photographer
  • Assistant Photographer
  • Photography Studio Assistant
  • Photographic Retail Assistant
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Digital Retoucher

Credit for prior study or work

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Creative Arts courses at Melbourne Polytechnic.
56%
Employed full-time