C4415 - Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging

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Plan: C4415 - Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

 The approach to learning and assessment for this program will include both supervised and self-directed forms of training delivery. Class delivery and assessment is delivered both online and face-to-face.

Supervised training describes structured learning and assessment activities that are directed by teachers/trainers. These can include:

  • Work placements which are mandatory requirements of assessment. 
  • Structured online learning activities where there is real time access to your teachers/trainers e.g. online lectures, teacher led discussions and online activities which are assessed or monitored by teachers. 
  • Face-to-face learning e.g. tutorials, lectures, scheduled classes. 
  • Assessment tasks. 

Self-directed training describes learner-directed/self-paced learning activities and/or work placements. These can include: 

  • Learner directed study activities such as research, reading, investigation, practical and/or theoretical practice tests or assessments. 

The number of non-supervised hours in a program will vary, depending on the learner or project/assessment task. 

Successful completion of this program requires you to demonstrate competence in 15 units of competency, including 7 core competencies and 8 electives. 
Workshops and supervised studio sessions are at the core of this program’s learning experience, but learning activities also include online lectures, exercises, demonstrations, discussion, peer presentations, guest speakers, project work and field trips. Your learning will be supported by online resources. 

Assessment gives you opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and capabilities and you will receive regular feedback on your progress. 

Your assessment within the Photography and Digital Imaging program will include: 

  • folios: samples of specific photographic and video work and work-in-progress on major projects such as 2D digital imaging works, proof sheets, visual design layouts. 
  • self-assessment and reflection: reflecting on your progress, achievements and experiences within the course, and articulating your insights in a form such as a written or verbal statement or report. 
  • presentations: in-class individual or group presentation of research, ideas and research on a chosen topic. 
  • reports: written individual or group presentation of research, ideas and research on a chosen topic. 
  • projects: complex tasks which incorporate numerous processes and stages to create a finished work relevant to industry. 
  • online tests: These will allow you to demonstrate your fundamental knowledge and skills. 

you will benefit from ongoing teacher feedback, class workshops, group discussions, self-assessment and reflection, and peer review. Where appropriate, you are also given the opportunity to present work to, and receive feedback from, industry professionals. 

In this program, assessment is ongoing throughout the semester. Assessment tasks and the form of assessment will be identified in your course guides. Your course guides will also indicate whether grading is applied to an assessment task after competency is established. To access these, please go to the Program Structure section of this Program Guide, select which course you would like to look at and then select which term you would like to view. 

General information 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer are ways that RMIT recognises applicants’ skills and knowledge gained through formal and informal education and training, work experience, and/or life experience (including volunteer work; committee responsibilities; family duties, hobbies). If you have already developed competency through prior experience, you may wish to apply for RPL before the program commences or at any time during the program. 

Students with disabilities and/or long term medical conditions 
If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 


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Work integrated learning

RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT program you will: 

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice. 
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities. 
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations. 
  • and in addition: 
  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning. 

Any or all of these aspects of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) experience may be simulated. 

The WIL nominated course for this program is: 

CUAPHI312 Capture photographic images  

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to plan and set up a camera shoot. Using professional equipment, and working to planned briefs, you will explore a range of image capture techniques while photographing studio and location subjects. 

If you are working, particularly in a job which is related to your studies, you will also be learning while at work and may have the opportunity to be assessed in your workplace for some or all your courses. Feedback from work supervisors and others in the workplace can be used as evidence of competency, and an RMIT University assessor can visit your workplace to observe your work practice.

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Program Structure

This qualification requires completion of the following:

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C4415 Core Courses:

Complete all Seven (7) Courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge (CUAPHI311) 40 VART6533C City Campus
Process photo images (CUAPHI313) 120 VART6534C City Campus
Capture images in response to a brief (CUAPHI411) 150 VART6512C City Campus
Apply photo imaging lighting techniques (CUAPHI412) 100 VART6535C City Campus
Store and maintain finished creative work (CUAPPR403) 30 OMGT5043C City Campus
Enhance, manipulate and output photo images (CUAPHI403) 80 VART6390C City Campus
Apply work health and safety practices (CUAWHS312) 30 PUBH9422C City Campus

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C4415 Elective Courses:

Complete all Eight (8) Courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Interpret and respond to a design brief (CUADES412) 30 GRAP5401C City Campus
Integrate colour theory and design processes (CUAACD411) 40 GRAP5420C City Campus
Research history and theory to inform own arts practice (CUARES403) 70 GEDU6113C City Campus
Capture photographic images (CUAPHI312) 60 VART6529C City Campus
Develop and present business proposals (BSBESB302) 30 BUSM6662C City Campus
Produce digital images (CUADIG315) 50 VART6527C City Campus
Realise a creative project (CUAPPR411) 90 VART6492C City Campus
Produce innovative video art (CUADIG416) 50 COMM5476C City Campus

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Program transition plan

Due to the upgrade of the CUA Training Package, the Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging will be amended to an updated qualification in 2022 - Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging C4415. 

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