Certificate IV in Photo Imaging

RMIT University

Program Description

Certificate IV in Photo Imaging

RMIT University

Certificate IV in Photo Imaging

This program is focused on students gaining highly practical photographic skills with a strong emphasis on collaboration, professionalism and hands on industry knowledge. You will produce highly professional folios of work both on location and in studio across a range of disciplines in the key areas of image capture, enhancement and digital manipulation, printing and output, photographic theory and DSLR video. You will learn from teachers who are working professionals, focused on developing each students’ own individual aesthetic approach and practice.

Our staff, as industry practitioners, are able to support networking opportunities with industry and our alumni to help guide you gaining employment upon graduation. As part of the program, you will not only learn creativity and theory but also the business skills you need to help you freelance or start your own career. Flexible study options are available for those who currently work or are aiming to work in the industry while studying.

Study areas include advertising, industrial, portrait, photojournalism, illustrative, fashion, wedding, and fine art photography.

Students will initially study all areas of photography in the Certificate IV and are encouraged to advance to areas of specialisation in the Diploma. Students will be admitted into the lower level qualification and will progress, subject to satisfactory academic progress, to the higher qualification level.

Program structure

The Certificate IV is designed to reflect the role of individuals working as photographers' assistants. You will learn to apply a broad range of skills in lighting, image capture, enhancements, manipulation and output.

Areas covered include:

  • Image capture (in studio, location and in response to a brief)
  • Lighting techniques
  • Image enhancement and digital manipulation
  • Digital output and printing
  • Colour theory
  • Design
  • Research practice
  • Video production
  • Occupational health and safety (OHS).


Many of our graduates gain employment soon after they complete their studies and often win local, national and international awards.

You may find work as a photographer, technologist or paraprofessional in areas including advertising, commercial, industrial, wedding and portrait photography.

The wedding and portrait industry remains strong, and many graduates find employment in this field.

Many of our graduates also go on to establish and run successful, independent practices due to their strong business and problem-solving skills, and their ‘can do’ attitude.

This program has a strong emphasis on becoming an expert user of industry standard software and practices. This helps ensure you are industry ready upon completion of your studies.

Possible job outcomes include:

  • art photographer
  • commercial/advertising photographer
  • domestic portrait photographer
  • fashion photographer
  • industrial/architectural photographer
  • media photographer
  • educator/photographer
  • sports photographer
  • wedding photographer
  • photographic assistant
  • digital retoucher
  • photojournalist
  • digital compositor.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Jan. 2017
1 year
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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