Photography Courses Example

Go beyond cameras and computers! Use digital tools to see, understand and create images that communicate and express your individual creative message through this diploma of photography.

This photography course is delivered by professional photographers, who share their knowledge of the latest equipment and techniques. Social media is also incorporated as a way of distributing images, extending your understanding and hatching new ideas, playing off what other people are doing with photography.






(Accrediting body Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA))




Choose to study part time or full time, on campus or online. You can even mix it up with part on campus, part online with blended learning.

(Mix of online and on campus study)

Full time
3 trimesters (12 weeks each)
20 hours per week (15 hours on campus, 5 hours online)
Part time
6 trimesters (12 weeks each)
Trimester 1, 4, 6 = 8 hours per week (6 hours on campus, 2 hours online).
Trimester 2, 3, 5 = 12 hours per week (6 hours on campus, 6 hours online).


Full time
3 trimesters (12 weeks each)
20 hours per week
Part time
6 trimesters (12 weeks each)
Trimester 1, 4, 6 = 8 hours per week
Trimester 2, 3, 5 = 12 hours per week

More about online learning

Course Assessment: competency based assessment - demonstrated skills and knowledge, practical and written projects, and presentations.


CATC has design colleges in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. You can also choose to study the entire course, or part of it, online.



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CATC Diploma courses can be studied fully online


Entry requirements vary for Australian and International students but generally involve the presentation of a portfolio and completion of secondary education.


  1. A portfolio of creative photo images
  2. Complete a short questionnaire about the photo imaging industry


  1. A portfolio of creative photo images
  2. Complete a short questionnaire about the photo imaging industry
  3. English language proficiency of IELTS 5.5 (Academic) equivalent, with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill. See English Language Courses

Key Dates



Academic Dates

Tri = 12weeks
Term = 6 weeks

Start Date Census Dates

Tri = Fri in W3
Term = Tue in W2

Last Day Breaks
2016 Trimester 1(T1)

2016 Term 1A (T1A)
Mon 22 Feb Fri 11 Mar

Tue 01 Mar
Fri 13 May

Fri 01 Apr
Mon 16 May – Sun 5 Jun (3wks)

Mon 4 Apr – Sun 10 Apr (1wk)
2016 Term 1B (T1B) Mon 11 Apr Tue 19 Apr Fri 20 May Mon 23 May – Sun 5 Jun (2wks)
2016 Trimester 2(T2)

2016 Term 2A (T2A)
Mon 06 Jun Fri 24 Jun

Tue 14 Jun
Fri 26 Aug

Fri 15 Jul
Mon 29 Aug – Sun 18 Sep (3wks)

Mon 18 Jul – Sun 24 Jul (1wk)
2016 Term 2B (T2B) Mon 25 Jul Tue 02 Aug Fri 02 Sep Mon 5 Sep – Sun 18 Sep (2wks)
2016 Trimester 3(T3)

2016 Term 3A (T3A)
Mon 19 Sep Fri 07 Oct

Tue 27 Sep
Fri 09 Dec

Fri 28 Oct
Mon 12 Dec – Sun 19 Feb (10wks)

Mon 31 Oct – Sun 6 Nov (1wk)
2016 Term 3B (T3B) Mon 07 Nov Tue 15 Nov Fri 16 Dec Mon 19 Dec – Sun 19 Feb (9wks)
2017 Term 4 (T4)
(Summer School)
Mon 02 Jan Tue 10 Jan Fri 10 Feb Mon 13 Feb – Sun 19 Feb (1wk)

As a FEE-Help eligible institution, CATC is able to administer the government benefits scheme for students who meet the application criteria.

VET FEE-HELP is available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at the diploma level and above. VET FEE HELP can be used to pay all or part of an eligible student’s tuition fees, but cannot be used for additional study costs such as accommodation or text books.

You’ll need a digital SLR camera with manual settings and general photographic accessories such as hard drives for image asset storage, card readers, standard lens, memory cards, battery charger etc. equipment specifics are outline below.


Students will require the following equipment and materials to be able to complete the Diploma of Photo Imaging:

  • DSLR Camera body: preferably Canon or Nikon
  • Short zoom lens, such as:
    • For full frame sensor cameras: Canon 24 -70mm f2.8 USM lens or Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f2.8 ED lens
    • For reduced frame sensor cameras: Canon 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM lens or Nikon AF17-55mm f2.8 ED-IF AF-S lens Nikon AF17
  • Tripod such as Manfrotto 190 XB
  • Camera Flash, such as Canon 430EX/580EX or Nikon SB700/SB900

Students will need to consider the following equipment and materials to benefit their studies and professional career:

  • Radio transmitter and receiver for camera flash
  • Hot shoe flash adaptor (only if your camera does not have sync lead connection)
  • 2GB – 8GB Flash Card
  • Card reader
  • 5 Way collapsible reflector (5 Way – 105cm)
  • Polariser filter
  • Shutter release cable
  • Padded camera + lens bag
  • Lens cleaning brush
  • Lens cleaning tissue
  • Photographic printing – as required

This is not a definitive list. Additional purchases (e.g. lenses, lighting etc.) will be dictated by your particular interests and the career opportunities you may wish to pursue after your studies.

Please be advised that photo printing costs will be incurred for photo printing during the course. Also, as there is an Exhibition subject (assessment requirement) as part of the course, which requires photo media production, students should prepare for approx. $200 as an additional cost of student Exhibition.

Students studying at CATC (full-time, part-time or online) are required to have a computer throughout their studies. For on-campus classes, students are required to have own laptop. Online students will need access to a laptop or desktop computer, printer, scanner and phone.

Minimum recommended hardware specifications:

Mac (preferred)

  • 15-inch screen (preferred)
  • Multicore Intel processor (Dual core i5 minimum)2Ghz or better
  • Mac OS X 10.7 (10.9 or more recent recommended)
  • 8GB of RAM (minimum)
  • 500GB hard drive
  • 2GB graphics processor


  • 15-inch screen (preferred)
  • Multi-core Intel processor (Dual core i5 minimum)or AMD processor: 2GHz or better.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1(Windows 8.1 or more recent recommended)
  • 8GB of RAM (minimum)
  • 500GB hard drive
  • 2GB graphics processor


  • 500GB external hard drive

And if you’re studying online, supplementary to the above, you will require:

  • Built in or external video camera
  • Built in or external speakers
  • Built in or external microphone

Get a student discount on laptops and software

CATC students are eligible for substantial discounts for laptops and design software through our supplier Powermedia. To enquire or order, visit the Powermedia website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You must be enrolled at CATC Design School to receive the student discount.



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Become intimate with your camera and lens(es), developing a comprehensive understanding of their capabilities. You’ll take pictures under a range of conditions so it becomes second nature. A percentage of time is devoted to receiving feedback on recently taken images and learning to give constructive criticism to your peers. You will start seeing and thinking like a photographer!

The purpose of this subject is to establish principles and practices for working with digital images. This includes understanding their technical properties and parameters, using various software tools for managing cataloguing, editing, processing and storage and employing efficient workflows. Research and experiment with alternate manipulation and enhancement strategies in the pursuit of a personal creative style.

Discover the properties of light and its evaluation, measurement and control in photo capture. You’ll learn a range of lighting techniques, including how to identify and manipulate the colour, quantity, quality and direction of light. Like a bulb appearing above your head, you’ll gain insights into the emotive nature of photo lighting, by completing a range of class-based exercises.

Anyone can point a camera and press a button, but this subject will see you engage with idea-generation techniques, design principles and concepts as they relate to photography. Study key influences from the history of photography and photographers in contemporary practice.

This subject builds on the previous industry subject, looking at freelance work and how to charge and market yourself effectively. Research trends and emerging technologies that could affect or create opportunities within the marketplace, and look at ways to exploit these opportunities and build an entrepreneurial attitude.

Get serious about your study with editorial and social documentary photography. Photo essays are developed and critiqued in reference to external editorial needs, requiring you to interpret the written word into dynamic and thought-provoking images. If you’ve only ever taken shots for your own pleasure, you’ll be introduced to understanding client needs and effective working strategies.

Conduct research into colour theory and the application of device-independent colour-management workflows. You will also gain an appreciation of the need to manage colour from capture through to output, investigating a digital production environment. Explore an expanded suite of graphics programs and how they relate to the Photo Imaging industry.

Take what you’ve learned about light and apply it to the medium of portraiture. (Your selfies will be amazing.) You will also be involved in planning and carrying out many aspects of professional shoots including promotion, marketing, invoicing and client relations.

During this subject, you’ll explore the many facets of commercial photography, looking at the required professional business attitudes needed in order to meet a client’s brief. There is a studio element to this subject, requiring you to work in studio conditions to appreciate equipment, running costs and OHS requirements. You’ll explore several genres of commercial photography, covering lighting strategies for a range of commercial applications. Learning will be in the context of industry-relevant briefs and the skills necessary to produce commercial photo images in the areas of food, architectural and fashion photography.

Develop an area of photography you are particularly interested in. Explore the history, techniques and key people of the area before developing your own skills and producing a piece of work based on your findings. In the final part of this subject, you’ll seek out and receive advice from the key people you have identified, adjusting your approach and identifying skill development based on feedback.

Exhibiting work is a major part of increasing public awareness, potentially gaining clients and wider recognition. You will learn how to build a coherent concept to create a public exhibition of a body of work. This includes everything from the initial planning, shooting, setting up, sponsorship and marketing of the event.

With the opportunity to shoot moving image available on most modern DSLRs, many photographers are increasingly sliding into this realm. This subject gives a solid understanding of how to plan, shoot and review moving images. It also looks at how to work with digital video as part of your promotional arsenal by going behind the scenes, documenting your process and working method.

Increase your understanding of both the lighting and commercial elements of photography by working with a client and completing professional jobs. Take, plan and complete a brief to deliver on a client’s requests and build your real-world experience.

Begin developing your portfolio ready for graduation. Using both print and web, explore how to best present your personal work to other professionals and clients. During the term you will have a chance to identify and explore your own personal style, engaging in soul-searching self-evaluation before seeking and applying feedback from industry professionals.



Photography influences almost everything we see!

Photography is a competitive field but there are many fantastic opportunities for the talented and well-trained across fashion, travel, digital media, advertising, architecture, fine arts and photojournalism. This photography course will give you the latest technical skills, insider advice and the chance to create your own working portfolio. Everything you need to stand out from the smartphone-at-gigs crowd.

Graduate Spotlight

Sophie Towers

2012: Studied business at uni
2013: Graduated from CATC
Now: Owner at Sophie Towers Photography

Possible careers in interior design

  • Commercial photographer
  • Advertising photographer
  • Fashion and glamour photographer
  • Sports photographer
  • Portrait photographer
  • Magazine photographer


Discover where an exciting career in photography can take you. Meet our lecturers, ask questions and get a big dose of inspiration.

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"From the very beginning of the course you should be thinking to yourself ‘What can I add to my portfolio?’ and run with that. "

If you take all of the set tasks seriously and actually work to creating images that you want to be shooting, you will end up with a large amount of work to add to your portfolio.

Bianca Holderness, Graduate   |   PHOTO IMAGING HEAR FROM MORE STUDENTS

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