C5411 - Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging

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Plan: C5411 - Diploma of 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 learning activities. Learning activities in this program will also include face-to-face and online delivery.

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

  • 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 opportunities for Work Intergrated Learning. These can include:

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

The number of non-supervised hours in a program will vary, depending on the learner and projects/assessment taks. 

Successful completion of this program requires you to demonstrate that you are competent in 17 units of competency which including 3 core competencies and 14 electives.

Workshops and supervised studio sessions form the basis of the Photography and Photo Imaging learning experience, but learning and teaching modes will vary according to the objectives and content of each course. Learning activities may include online lectures, exercises, demonstrations, discussion, peer presentations, guest speakers, project work, case studies and field trips. You will have opportunities to learn through engagement with industry. Your learning will be supported by online resources.

Assessment is ongoing throughout the semester and is designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and capabilities. You will benefit from ongoing teacher feedback, class workshopping, class and group discussion, self assessment and reflection, and peer review. The forms of assessment will vary from course to course and may include the presentation of a major folio of work, presentations, written assignments, practical projects and tasks designed to demonstrate your fundamental knowledge. 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.

Your assessment within the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging program may include:

  • folios: samples of specific photo imaging and video work and work-in-progress on major projects such as 2D photo 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 investigations, ideas and arguments on a chosen topic.
  • reports: written individual or group presentation of investigations, ideas and arguments on a chosen topic.
  • projects: complex tasks which incorporate numerous processes and stages to create a finished work of a kind relevant to industry.
  • collaborative projects: These will allow you to demonstrate and apply your fundamental knowledge and skills across industry based briefs

You will benefit from ongoing teacher feedback, class workshopping, class and group discussion, 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.

You will also take part in a final exhibition, which is organised and prepared by students in collaboration with staff. This exhibition is a collaborative project that is curated in conjunction with teaching staff/mentors. It is the culmination of the Diploma and all students have an opportunity to display their images and network with the broader photographic and creative industries.

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.

Information relating to Covid

Please note that this program’s courses (whether core, option, or university elective courses) may have mandatory in-person attendance or assessment to pass the course.

If you are choosing to enrol in a course which has mandatory in-person attendance or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption.

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT: https://policies.rmit.edu.au/document/view.php?id=209.

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: https://www.rmit.edu.au/covid/coming-to-campus

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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:

  • CUAPPR512 Develop sustainability of own professional practice
    In this course, you will take on a prescribed brief and opportunity to obtain 40+ hours of industry-based work experience in a commercial/creative field of choice. 

If you are working, particularly in a job that 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 of 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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C5411 Core Courses:

Complete all Four (4) Courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code

Campus

Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice (CUAPHI531) 55 VART6518C City Campus
Research and apply photo imaging trends and emerging technologies (CUAPHI532) 45 VART6519C City Campus
Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace (CUAPHI523) 55 VART6520C City Campus
Explore and apply photo lighting techniques (CUAPHI533) 45 VART6521C City Campus
 
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C5411 Group A Electives:

Complete all Seven (7) courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code

Campus

Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art (CUADIG519) 80 GRAP5407C City Campus
Prepare digital images for pre-press processing (CUAPHI524) 55 VART6522C City Campus
Refine digital art techniques (CUADIG518) 90 VART6517C City Campus
Produce commercial photo images (CUAPHI535) 60 VART6523C City Campus
Produce media photo images (CUAPHI537) 50 VART6524C City Campus
Produce technical photo images (CUAPHI520) 65 VART6525C City Campus
Make illustrative photo images for publication and display (CUAPHI521) 55 VART6526C City Campus
 
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C5411 Group B Electives:

Complete all Five (5) courses:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code

Campus

Plan and style merchandise photo shoots (SIRRMER008) 70 MKTG8027C City Campus
Undertake project work (BSBPMG430) 60 BUSM6529C City Campus
Develop sustainability of own professional practice (CUAPPR512) 50 BUSM6528C City Campus
Create user interfaces (CUADIG413) 60 COMM5475C City Campus
Realise a body of creative work (CUAPPR511) 80 VART6505C City Campus
 
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C5411 Elective course

Complete the following One (1) imported course:

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code

Campus

Create visual design components (CUADIG304) 30 VART6470C City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

Due to the upgrade of the CUA Training Package, the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging will be amended to an equivalent qualification in 2022.

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