C5351 - Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging

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Plan: C5351 - Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
Qualification national code: CUA50915
Nominal hours: 895
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1 Year - Full Time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Art (340T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/art
CRICOS code: 090483G

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Purpose of the Program

The objectives of this program are to provide individuals with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to work as photographers and photo imaging practitioners within the industry. On completion you will possess a sound theoretical and practical knowledge base and the skills to use a range of specialised and technical competencies to plan, carry out and evaluate photography and photo imaging services.

The qualification has applications across a range of industry contexts, including Commercial, Advertising, Documentary, Editorial, Institutional and Fine Art photography where you will be required to:

  • Interpret photo imaging assignment briefs from a range of clients
  • Consult with clients to refine objectives of photo imaging assignments
  • Select appropriate technologies and workflows to capture images, including type of camera, image recording media, lighting, post capture processing and outputs
  • Work from a studio or in a range of locations
  • Employ aesthetic, conceptual, compositional and technical skills to realise photo imaging outcomes
  • Utilise a range of traditional, contemporary and emergent technologies in the capture, preparation and distribution of image products.

There is a strong emphasis on the expert use of industry standard software and on professional practices to ensure that as a graduate you are industry ready.

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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements allow you to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. If you graduate from an RMIT University program you can apply for advanced standing in a higher level RMIT program.

The following articulation agreement is currently being reviewed:

Program CodeProgram TitleAmount of Credit Granted
BP117Bachelor of Arts (Photography)96 credit points equivalent to 1 year

*PLEASE NOTE. This articulation agreement is current as of March 2016. However with the newly endorsed CUA Creative Arts and Culture Training Package V2.0, Photography and Photo Imaging are in Articulation and Pathways negotiations with the following 2 programs in HE: BP117 Bachelor of Arts (Photography) and BP201 Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts).

Pathways refer to related programs that you may be eligible for when you graduate from your current program.

When you successfully complete this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University. This eligibility is subject to each program's entry requirements.


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Entrance requirements

Successful completion of a Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging, diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline.

Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered

Please refer to the VTAC guide for additional information.

International English language requirements
Refer to: http://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/

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External accreditation and industry links

The Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging is recognised by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).  On successful completion of the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging, graduates are entitled to apply for membership of the AIPP.

The AIPP is Australia's leading membership association for the professional photography community and student membership is available to those studying the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging at RMIT.  This enables students to attend AIPP events and to enter national and international competitions. (Further information regarding AIPP membership categories is available from the website http://www.aipp.com.au).

The Program Advisory Committee, a group of industry professionals reflecting diverse aspects of photography and photo imaging, provide input and guidance to the development and delivery of this program. Courses within the program are taught by people with extensive industry experience and background.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

As a student in this program you need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  There may be costs for lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, and for consumables such as printer paper. Commercial internet service providers may also charge for internet access outside the university campus. There may be other relevant costs for your program. Your program will advise you of these costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled at RMIT University you can use all the services provided by the Library. These include study spaces, books, journals and course-related materials such as DVDs, past exams, and newspapers. You can also request items from any library in the world through our document delivery service.

RMIT Library staff can show you how to find the information you need for your assignments and how to make the most of the library resources. You can speak to a librarian, work through web-based tutorials or use our online “Ask a Librarian” service. 

All students have unlimited access to our specialist electronic resources. These include e-books, e-journals and newspapers to make it easier for you to get the information you need, when you need it.  Our collections are continually updated to ensure the currency and accuracy of the resources you use.

Computers are available at every Library site. You can access the Internet, myRMIT and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT .

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides resources and opportunities to help you to achieve your study and career goals.
Services are available face to face and online for:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
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  • participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  The Ngarara Willim Centre offers ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.

You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/students

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