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  • Learning MethodOnline
  • IntakesStart anytime
  • LocationsAustralia Wide
  • DurationSelf-paced
    Max 18 months
Nationally Recognised Training

Course Overview

Potential career outcomes

  • Freelance Photographer
  • Assistant Technician Photo Production

If you are looking to enhance your career in photography, this course by Open Colleges may be for you. You will learn both the technical skills and the business acumen required in photography. 

Some of the course highlights include:

  • Digital portfolio of work
  • Course content is written and approved by industry experts
  • Qualifying with a nationally recognised qualification. 

This course will explore a range of topics including: capturing photographic images, application of photo image lighting techniques, providing freelance services, and much more. Find more information on the units covered further below.

Upon completion of this course, you will be issued a CUA41120 Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging by Open Colleges (RTO: 90796).

Eqnuire now to find out more!

Job Outcomes

  • Assistant Technician Photo Production
  • Compositor
  • Digital Retoucher
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Photo-Equipment Sales Assistant
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Sole Trader in photographic products and services

Prerequisite & Entry Criteria

There are no mandated education entry requirements for this qualification, per the CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package. There are no mandatory Open Colleges entry requirements.

It is also recommended that students

  • Are at least 16 years old (note: students under 18 will need permission from a parent or guardian to enrol)
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills that ensure the ability to read and comprehend complex information and learn effectively in an online self-paced environment. These skills are equivalent to those that would be required to successfully complete a qualification at Certificate III level or higher, or
  • Achieve an ACSF Level 3

Minimum age

You will need to be at least 16 years old. If you are under 18 your enrolment form will need to be signed by a parent or guardian or require guardian/parental consent.

Physical Requirements

You will require the physical ability to operate equipment and resources in a safe manner, and to consider safe manual handling when working with lighting and photography equipment, props, and people.

Computing other skill requirements apple. Please enquire now to find out more. 

Equipment and tools

This course requires you to have access to a specific tools, equipment, resources and locations.

You will need a place to undertake your assessment activities. This simulated work environment should be approximately 3m x 4m with available natural light.

The following tools, equipment and resources are required and will need to be purchased at your own cost:

  • A Smartphone
  • Digital SLR or mirrorless camera – A Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera (Canon or Nikon are recommended) with manual controls, raw file format, HD video capture and interchangeable lenses OR
  • A Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera (MILC) with an interchangeable lens (zoom or prime lens), manual controls, raw file format, HD video capture and interchangeable lenses
  • A camera tripod
  • A memory card
  • A graphics capable monitor for accurate colour calibration
  • A range of professional lighting equipment and accessories including:
    • A set of spring clamps and laundry pegs
    • 4-6 socket surge protected power board and electrical extension cords
    • 3 lights to create key, fill and backlight for ‘Three-point lighting’ set-up. Portable LED lights preferred. Alternatives: Halogen 150-250 Watts, Tungsten Lights, Daylight bulbs or Flashlight /Torch · 3 tripod stands (for lighting) 
  • A table or worktop with trestles for studio work
  • Background card size: A3 or A2: White, Black and optional Silver/ Gold/ Colours
  • Props – can be a series of selected objects that are appropriate and effective in an image composition – resourced from learners’ environment
  • A computer table and appropriate chair
  • Dry storage space for camera equipment

Prices of each item will vary and be dependent on your own preferences. We recommend that you research and identify the associated costs of the additional items prior to enrolling in the course.

NOTE: ‘On location’ means a suitable, safe environment, often outside/ exterior that effectively responds to the constraints of an assessment brief.

For unit CUAPHI412 Apply photo imaging lighting techniques you will need to access commercial lighting equipment, depending on your design brief. You will need to source, purchase, or hire this equipment.

You are required to arrange a subscription (at your own cost) to the Adobe Creative Cloud, which will provide all software, technical support and training material for the Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud and Photoshop Creative Cloud – check the Adobe website for current pricing.

Industry have suggested that a useful resource you can access is PHLearn. This is an online tutorial platform that provides access to hundreds of professional tutorials on Adobe. Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and specific photography techniques. The platform provides a suite of free tutorials and a subscription-only Pro tutorial suite. Students wishing to access the Pro features will need to do so at their own cost, in addition to the course fee.

You will also need access to ‘models’ – these may be relatives or friends who are willing to sign a model release form. This course includes a requirement to record video and/or audio roleplays. These will require participation by 1-2 other people sourced by you.


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Module 2


Module 3


Module 4


Module 5


Module 6


Module 7


Module 8


Module 9


Assessment details

  • Multiple choice Quiz
  • Projects
  • Role plays
  • Video
  • Written assessments


PLEASE NOTE – Open Colleges is a privately-run Registered Training Organisation (RTO), not government-run like a TAFE. Therefore, Open Colleges cannot offer government funding. Please check eligibility requirements before beginning an enrolment with Open Colleges.

Fees for this course depend on the payment method and any existing promotions available with Open Colleges.

Always remember to enquire about any:

  • Discounts
  • Payment Plans

which may be available.


About the Institution

Open Colleges (RTO 90796) is an Australian education market leader with over 125 years of experience. Now an online learning market leader, Open Colleges focuses on supporting individuals to learn at their own pace.