CUA50915 Diploma of Photography & Photo Imaging is a comprehensive photography course that will enable you to work across a range of professional areas, including portraiture, wedding, commercial, fashion, editorial, landscape, food, products and event photography.

Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging will give you a solid understanding of how to light and capture images to suit any style or situation. This photography diploma course offers regular industry excursions and location photo shoots, which will give you amazing opportunities for portfolio development. You will develop knowledge of current trends in photo imaging, learn to interpret assignment briefs, consult with clients to refine objectives, develop concepts, use a range of technologies and workflows to capture images, employ aesthetic, conceptual, compositional and technical skills and gain exposure to a variety of shooting styles.

You begin by learning basic photography fundamentals including assessing correct and optimal exposures, simple and sophisticated lighting and digital image capture.  You will develop digital image manipulation, processing and post-production skills using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.  This will enable you to create dynamic imagery through graphic effects and touch up your photos to build a professional and diverse portfolio of work.

In this diploma of photography you will develop an understanding and appreciation of the psychology of an image, and its deliberate construction, as well as principles of design. Other topics include digital asset management, colour management, folio production, business, freelancing, networking and handling cultural heritage images.

Emphasis is placed on all assessments being relevant to the current photographic industry.  Major projects will allow you to showcase your unique, signature style. Final assessments include a portfolio and exhibition to help you begin to promote yourself as commercially viable artists and also serve as a valuable marketing tool for your career. Throughout the course there will be many opportunities for you to work with our students studying make-up and beauty, providing you with further opportunities and experience. This demanding, but rewarding, photography diploma course can lead you to a successful career in the exciting world of professional photography.


CMA is an approved provisional of VET Student Loans. VET Student Loans is a student loan scheme for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector that is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). VET Student Loans assists eligible students undertaking approved VET diploma level and above courses. It allows eligible students to borrow funds up to their FEE-HELP limit to help pay for all or part of their VET tuition fees. Eligible students who access VET Student Loans will have a loan with the Australian Government who will, on the student’s behalf, pay their VET tuition fees to their approved VET provider.

CMA’s CUA50915 Diploma of Photography & Photo Imaging is approved for VET Student Loans.

Students repay their loan to the Australian Government through the tax system once a student earns the minimum threshold level for repayment, which is $54,869 for the 2016-17 income year.  A VET Student Loan remains a personal debt obligation until it is repaid to the Commonwealth. VET Student Loans will only be approved for students who meet the eligibility criteria. Click here for more information or call the Academy today.


Three days per week for a period of 12 months OR  two evenings per week for a period of 12 months.  Term breaks are scheduled in accordance with the ACT School Terms.


CUA50915 Diploma of Photo Imaging currently has two intakes per year – February & July.  Evening programs are available.


A full schedule of tuition fees can be accessed here. This program is a VET Student Loans approved course. Payment options are available. For further information, contact the Academy today.


Entry to this qualification is limited to those able to demonstrate photo imaging skills that support learning at Diploma level. You will need to:

  • < Submit a portfolio of work, to demonstrate:
    • < your ability to develop creative solutions for a range of different ideas and environments.
    • < use professional equipment, including camera and lighting equipment.
    • < use of electronic processing techniques and image manipulation techniques.
  • < Attend an interview to demonstrate your knowledge of the industry, its trends and traditions.

Skills and knowledge may have been acquired through personal or work experience, or through formal study.  If you do not have any prior experience you may complete a short bridging course to develop these skills.

Students will need to demonstrate that they hold a level of language, learning and numeracy skills suitable to this course.


  • Diploma students must complete 60 hours of workplace training.
  • Work experience will help build confidence, as well as networking in the industry for continued work.
  • CMA has countless work experience opportunities come in through the school throughout the year, however it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to attend and source work experience.


  • Diploma of Photography & Photo Imaging students have access to CMA’s studio facilities, Mac Lab, complete with current, industry standard software and professional makeup facilities.
  • Students have access to CMA’s online learning management system, providing access to assessment tasks, additional learning resources, demonstration videos, practical notes and procedures, online quizzes, forum discussion and ongoing trainer support.
  • A selection of relevant books are available for research and reference.


You will be provided with a resource order form, outlining everything you need to purchase to begin studying at CMA.  This will include:

  • T-shirts $49 each
  • Hoodies $59 each (this is optional)
  • Camera kit approximately $TBA – see info below.
  • Text Book $TBA

In addition to this, CMA holds an annual graduation dinner, which costs no more than $110 per graduating student. Students may invite as many guests as they choose.


This is a kit of equipment designed to allow you to continue to practice outside of class hours, attend work experience and begin professional work within your field of study. The materials and equipment contained within these kits becomes your property once purchased. You are supplied with additional materials and equipment for use during class hours at CMA.  The kit includes:

  • Camera Body
  • Wide zoom lens
  • Flash
  • Polarising filter for lens
  • UV filter for lens
  • Camera bag
  • Lens cleaning kit – with rocket blower
  • Memory cards
  • Extra battery
  • Recharge batteries for flash
  • Off camera trigger for the flash
  • Small torch
  • Medium tripod


CMA’s enrolment procedure for this program is outlined here: Student Admission Procedures for Approved Courses.


Previous work experience or training courses may enable us to deem you competent in certain areas, which will allow exemption from some modules. This process is referred to as ‘Recognition of Prior Learning ‘ (RPL). As a Registered Training Organisation, delivering nationally recognised training, CMA can assist you with this process. Please contact the office to request an application form. Application for RPL must occur prior to course commencement.


People with CUA50915 Diploma of Photo Imaging are able to work in a range of commercial and artistic photo imaging disciplines. The qualification also prepares people for learning at higher levels, including Degree qualifications in photo imaging practice.


  • Wedding Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Digitiser


CMA’s online system provides students with access to all their course materials in a single place. This includes textbooks, presentations, images, videos, course notes and inspo sites as well as providing access to assignments and our easy upload system for assessment submission. This compliments your class-room learning and ensures you have all the information you need at your finger tips. Students need to have a tablet or laptop to participate.


CUAPHI501 Apply visual communication theory to photo imaging practice

CUAPHI502 Research and apply photo imaging trends

CUADIG405 Produce innovative digital images

CUAPHI513 Employ colour management in a digital imaging workplace

CUAPHI505 Produce commercial photo images

BSBCRT402 Collaborate in a creative process

BSBDES501 Implement design solutions

CUAPHI506 Provide photographic portrait services

CUAPHI508 Provide wedding photo imaging services

CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work

BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

CUAIND402 Provide freelance services

CUAPPR502 Develop own sustainable professional practice

BSBWHS501 Ensure a safe workplace

CUAPPR404 Develop self as artist

CUADIG509 Investigate technologies for the creation of digital art

CUAPHI507 Produce media photo images












Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop

Colour Management

Image processing, manipulation and post-production.

Composition, design principles and techniques.



Small Business Management

More information about this qualification can be found on the website

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