Diploma of Photo Imaging

The Diploma of Photo Imaging has been designed to provide graduates with a broad base of generalist Photo Imaging knowledge, skills and experience suitable both for entry‐level employment in the Photo Imaging sector and/or as a platform for further specialised study at Bachelor level.

The course structure is designed to interweave theory, practice and connection. Each of these themes in turn represents distinct modes of thinking, enquiry and knowledge acquisition in relation to photo imaging.

The course aims to develop graduates who are intellectually curious, rigorous independent thinkers, ethical and reflective practitioners with a commitment to lifelong learning.

Throughout, students will have the opportunity to engage with authentic learning experiences and assessment tasks grounded in industry practice.

Graduates will acquire skills in research and problem‐solving that they will be able to use to maintain and develop their professional disciplinary currency once in the workplace. Their disciplinary and academic knowledge base will also provide a platform for further undergraduate study in Photo Imaging related fields.


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About the School

This course is provided by Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia. RTO 41343 CRICOS 03389E.

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Subject Information

This subject allows students to explore moving image through genres such as documentary, short narrative film, domestic and corporate film productions. Students will learn to develop their skills and understanding of pre-production, production and post-production aspects of film making within the genres mentioned previously. In pre-production, students will investigate the importance of planning and then going onto hands-on engaging experience with the technology and tools involved in capturing live footage. Students will then study video editing techniques using industry standard software packages and have an all-round experience of quality film production.

In this subject students begin to develop their folio for graduation. Utilising both print and web, students explore innovative ideas and options to best plan, develop and present their works to other professionals and clients. Students will have a chance to identify and explore their own personal style and engage in self-evaluation before seeking and applying feedback from industry professionals.

In this subject students explore the different types of portrait photography, looking at various approaches and techniques used in portrait photography. They will further explore advanced artificial lighting and manipulation of natural light. Students also get to plan and carry out a portraiture shoot and study the business side of professional photography including: promotion; marketing; invoicing; and client relations.

In this subject students are introduced to the main genres of commercial photography. Students consider how to interpret, plan and execute a commercial brief in the context of a client’s needs and expectations. Building on ILL103 (Introduction to Light and Lighting) students further develop their lighting skills for a range of commercial applications.

In this subject the students further explore advanced digital image techniques and a suite of graphics programs related to the photo imaging industry. They will also gain extensive knowledge into colour theory and colour management workflows, and manage colour consistency from capture through to output in a digital production environment.

This subject develops the students’ storytelling techniques in the context of editorial and social documentary photography. Students develop skills in the visual narrative as well as pitching techniques – understanding the editorial ‘audience’ as a pre-cursor to producing a documentary narrative for a proposed publication. Students gain an understanding of the needs and expectations of editorial clients as well as effective working strategies for media photographers.

In this subject students are introduced to the properties of light and its evaluation, measurement and control in photo capture. Students learn basic techniques of lighting, including how to identify and manipulate the colour, quantity, and quality and direction of light. Insights into the emotive nature of photo lighting will be gained, giving students the skills to creatively modify and apply light in a range of settings.

The purpose of this subject is to establish principles and practices for working with and enhancing digital images. This includes understanding the technical properties of images, using various software tools for managing their cataloguing, editing, processing and storage whilst employing efficient workflows. Within the subject, students will research and experiment with manipulation and enhancement strategies in the pursuit of a personal creative style that can be applied to images captured. Students will be assessed based on their editing techniques and the ability to manage digital assets.

This subject aims to introduce students to the foundations of photo imaging and to develop comprehensive technical skills of operating a digital camera and build experience in taking pictures under a range of conditions. A percentage of time is devoted to students receiving feedback on their recently taken images and learning to give constructive criticism to their peers, enabling them to start seeing and thinking like a photographer. This module is compulsory for all first trimester Photo Imaging students and will serve as a strong foundation to pursue more advanced and specialised photography subjects.

This subject explores self-promotion in the graphic design sector. Students will be introduced to the skills and knowledge required to successfully operate a freelance graphic design business, including how to charge and market effectively. Students design their own identity and portfolio they will use to promote themselves to clients and the wider design industry.

This subject introduces fundamental elements and principles of visual communication, including line & shape, space & value, texture, size & scale, time & motion, unity & harmony, balance, proportion, emphasis & contrast, rhythm & pattern. Through the exploration of these elements and principles, students are introduced to the techniques of seeing and thinking like a graphic designer.
The subject introduces the graphic design process from receiving a brief through to client presentations and reflecting on the success of a project. Students will also explore important periods and practitioners of the industry and how they have influenced contemporary working practice.

This subject introduces students to the concept of academic literacy in a higher educational context. Students will be able to study the relevant resources and explore strategies and techniques that will allow full participation in their new academic environment.
The course will provide students with research skills (information literacy), critical analysis, writing and language techniques. Transferable skills including time management and teamwork are incorporated in the course. The aim of this subject is to provide knowledge and skills needed for Higher Education, to help students to manage their own success and to assist students in reaching their academic potential.