Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging - CUA41115

Northern College of the Arts and Technology

Type of institution: Registered Training Organisation
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00861K

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply a broad range of technical skills in photo imaging, including lighting, image capture, enhancements and manipulation and output. Practice at this level is predominately digital. It is underpinned by the application of integrated technical, theoretical and historical knowledge of photo imaging and the ability to develop concepts and solutions in response to a brief. Practitioners may work in a range of industry contexts, including retail, commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography. Licensing/Regulatory Information No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


10 core units plus 5 electives.


  • Participate in collaborative creative projects
  • Promote innovation in a team environment
  • Build relationships with customers
  • Implement copyright arrangements
  • Produce innovative digital images
  • Conduct research
  • Author interactive media
  • Optimise digital media impact
  • Administer projects
  • Set up information and communications technology for the micro business
  • Create user interfaces
  • Maintain interactive content
  • Explore the use of colour
  • Develop work priorities
  • Contribute to health and safety of self and others
  • Design user interfaces
  • Develop and apply knowledge of marketing communication industry
  • Create digital media user experiences
  • Promote products and services
  • Manage media assets
  • Build client relationships and business networks
  • Store and maintain finished creative work
  • Plan a career in the creative arts industry
  • Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
  • Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • Collaborate in a creative process
  • Plan a home based business
  • Manage stress in the workplace
  • Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
  • Design and apply make-up for photography
  • Integrate colour theory and design processes
  • Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • Comply with regulatory, taxation and insurance requirements for the micro business
  • Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge
  • Investigate micro business opportunities
  • Develop a micro business proposal
  • Recommend specialised products and services
  • Source and apply design industry knowledge
  • Process photo images to work-print and file stage
  • Provide freelance services
  • Style merchandise for photography
  • Use and respect copyright
  • Manage colour
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Capture photographic images
  • Determine resource requirements for the micro business
  • Organise personal work priorities and development
  • Digitise complex images for reproduction
  • Process colour materials in a wet darkroom context
  • Organise finances for the micro business
  • Capture images in response to a brief
  • Use wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome photographs
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work
  • Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
  • Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
  • Explore the history and social impact of creativity
  • Document the creative work progress
  • Produce and prepare photo images
  • Apply marketing communication across a convergent industry
  • Research history and theory to inform own arts practice
  • Set up and operate automated workflow
  • Establish networks

Further information

Students wishing to access WorkReady funding will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills as part of course counselling before enrolling.

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