Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging - CUA50920

Latrobe College of Art and Design

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 03157K

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who have professional level specialised, technical and theoretical skills to plan, carry out and evaluate photo imaging services. The outcomes of this qualification apply to a range of industry contexts in commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography work environments, among others. These may be within organisations or of an independent nature. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include Photographer, Compositor, and Digital Retoucher. It may also provide a pathway to other photography and photo imaging job roles. Practice at this level is underpinned by application of design theory and the ability to critically analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources. Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations QualificationNo licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.Units of competency in qualificationSome individual units of competency may have their own licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Users must check individual units of competency for licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements relevant to that unit.


  • Produce innovative digital images
  • Refine digital art techniques
  • Manage specialised finishing processes
  • Implement design solutions
  • Manage media assets
  • Plan and produce stock photo images
  • Employ specialised imaging technologies
  • Establish operational strategies and procedures for new business ventures
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Author interactive media
  • Enhance professional practice using creative arts industry knowledge
  • Produce commercial photo images
  • Develop and manage a budget
  • Investigate printmaking materials and processes
  • Work with diverse people
  • Build and launch a small business website
  • Manage personal and professional development
  • Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace
  • Select and refine a specialised drawing technique
  • Manage business risk
  • Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries
  • Lead team effectiveness
  • Explore and apply photo lighting techniques
  • Refine printmaking techniques
  • Manage team effectiveness
  • Implement preventive conservation activities
  • Source funding for projects
  • Integrate disability access and inclusion
  • Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art
  • Develop social media engagement plans
  • Ensure a safe workplace
  • Provide photographic portrait services
  • Capture images using drone technology
  • Interpret compliance requirements
  • Design digital applications
  • Work with photomedia in creative practice
  • Coordinate the learning and development of teams and individuals
  • Establish and maintain safe creative practice
  • Work with the human form in creative practice
  • Manage business operational plans
  • Undertake project work
  • Manage feedback on creative practice
  • Establish and monitor the marketing mix
  • Make illustrative photo images for publication and display
  • Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
  • Present a body of own creative work
  • Manage copyright arrangements
  • Extend expertise in specialist creative fields
  • Evaluate and review compliance
  • Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level
  • Establish and maintain environmentally sustainable creative practice
  • Develop self as artist
  • Design user interfaces
  • Create user interfaces
  • Collaborate in creative processes
  • Build and maintain business relationships
  • Create multiplatform advertisements for mass media
  • Plan and produce visual art photo images
  • Create observational drawings
  • Plan and style merchandise photo shoots
  • Realise a body of creative work
  • Develop and implement an e-commerce strategy
  • Establish legal and risk management requirements of new business ventures
  • Develop strategies to monetise digital engagement
  • Provide freelance services
  • Research and apply photo imaging trends and emerging technologies
  • Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice
  • Produce media photo images
  • Produce technical photo images
  • Develop sustainability of own professional practice
  • Identify and evaluate marketing opportunities
  • Prepare digital images for pre-press processing
  • Provide wedding photo imaging services
  • Manage budgets and financial plans
  • Contribute to managing work-related psychological health and safety
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Originate and develop concepts

Standard entry requirements

Individuals must produce a folio of digital imaging work that demonstrates the application of technical skills and knowledge equivalent to Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 4 or above. Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through experience or formal study.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Collingwood International: $17,955 No
  • Full-time : 1 year

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