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.

Your qualification options

Did you know, you can complete a course with similar outcomes and graduate with a higher qualification? Studying a Higher Education Diploma of Photo Imaging through our sister college Billy Blue College of Design allows you to:

  • develop key technical on-the-job skills valued by employers
  • access personal and professional development opportunities
  • graduate with a Higher Education qualification
  • pathway to a degree down the track
  • utilise a Government student loan covering all of your course fees






(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).


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

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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.



46 - 52 Mountain St Ultimo



595 Little Collins St Melbourne



90 Bowen Tce Fortitude Valley




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. Show basic examples of using your camera
  2. Show basic skills of using light or shadow
  3. Show image software knowledge

DOMESTIC STUDENTS (seeking VET-FEE-Help loan):

  1. A completed Australian secondary education qualification or equivalent; OR
  2. Undertake Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing and demonstrate competency at exit level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.


  1. Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.0

Key Dates



Start Date Census Dates Last Day Breaks

Mon 20 Feb 2017

10 Mar

14 May

15 May - 4 Jun

Mon 05 Jun 2017

23 Jun

27 Aug

28 Aug - 17 Sep

Mon 18 Sep 2017

6 Oct

10 Dec

11 Dec - 18 Feb 2018


Fees and financial assistance

In 2017 the Government is planning to launch VET Student Loans, a new scheme giving students access to high quality VET diplomas.

However, the amount you can borrow will be capped and there is likely to be out of pocket expense.

But wait, you have options!

Our sister college Billy Blue College of Design offers a Higher Education (HE) qualification that gives you the same employability outcomes and additional personal development opportunities.

Eligible students can also access a Government student loan covering all course fees and will graduate with a Higher Education qualification valued by employers.

Read more about this course here


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 need to have access to a Digital SLR camera (with interchangeable lenses or fixed lens with manual functionality), tripod, broadband internet, Adobe Lightroom. Other photographic accessories such as hard drives for image asset storage, card readers, standard lenses, memory cards, battery charger etc.may also be necessary. Equipment specifics are outlined below.

Students will need the following to be able to complete the short course:

  • DSLR Camera (not mirror-less or micro 4/3)
  • Adobe Lightroom CC*
  • Folding Reflector -optional
  • 2GB –8GB Flash Card
  • Card reader
  • Photographic printing –ifrequired

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

Minimum recommended hardware specifications:

Mac (preferred but not essential)

  • 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


  • Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Adobe Acrobat CC
  • Adobe InDesign CC
  • Adobe Lightroom CC
  • Adobe DMG (free download)


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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 photo imaging

  • 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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