- About the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
The Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging has been designed to provide graduates with a broad base of generalist Photography and Photo Imaging knowledge, skills and experience suitable both for entry‐level employment in the Photography and 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 Photography and photo imaging. Throughout the course:
Students explore underpinning theoretical bodies of knowledge as a source of ideas and methods (theory informing practice);
Students engage in practice both as a means of skills acquisition and as a crucial mode of thinking (practice not only informed by but informing theory); and students make connections, both with the history and contexts of Photography and photo imaging and with industry mentors and communities of practice.
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 to opportunity to engage with authentic learning experiences and assessment tasks grounded in industry practice that facilitate information analysis, transmission of skills and information in the generation of photographic solutions in response to a range of complex problems.
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 Photography and Photo Imaging related fields.
Build Skills and a Professional Portfolio
The Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging provides graduates with a range of technical, creative and conceptual skills. Employment opportunities may include working in photographic studios, news organisations, fine art galleries, magazines, educational institutions, government departments, publishing companies, stock photo agencies, audio-visual/ video production companies and advertising companies.
Graduate employment opportunities
Graduates may find a range of career pathways and employment opportunities including:
- Film Stills
- Photo retoucher/manipulator
- Digital Operator
- Photographic sales
|Course Title||Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging (DIPPPI20)|
|Study Options – Domestic Australian students||Face to Face delivery
Full-time and part-time options available.
|Study Options – International students||International students on a student visa must not enroll into any more than a third or 33% of online subjects over their course and must study at least one subject that is face to face in each trimester.
International students on a student visa are required to study full time, i.e. the student must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year.
|Start Dates||February, June, September
For specific dates visit the website.
|Course Length||Full-time: 1 year
Accelerated: 2 trimesters
Part-time: 2 years maximum
|Payment Options – Domestic Australian students||Upfront payment
This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.
FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.
Further information within this Course Information Sheet
It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.
|Payment Options – International students||Upfront payment
This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.
Further information within this Course Information Sheet
|Course study requirements||Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.||Assessment||Practical assignments, research projects, presentations and reports|
|Delivered by||Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia|
|Provider||Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).||CRICOS Course Code||102490F|
|Provider obligations||Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015||Accrediting body||Torrens University Australia Ltd|
|Course Fees||For details, refer to the website.||Any other fees||For details, refer to the website.|
- Essential requirements for admission
The general admission criteria that apply to Torrens University Australia courses can be located by visiting the Torrens University Australia website – /general-admission-information-for-torrens-university-australia-ltd.
- Student Profile
The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced in this course in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
|Applicant background||Trimester one / Full year intake |
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||9||11%|
|(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|(D) Recent secondary education:
· Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
|· Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
|· Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
Notes: “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.
N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.
- Admission Criteria
(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)
|Special Entry||Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.|
Via direct application to the institution
You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.
Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy – (/policies-and-forms).
- Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions
- Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)
- Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.
Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2.
For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see /apply-online/course-credits.
- Where to get further information
- Torrens University Australia (TUA) Website
- Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Website
- Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) Website
- Additional Information
The Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging course structure comprises of 12 core subjects (11 subjects at level 100 and 1 subject at level 200).
- Level 100: 11 core subjects
- Level 200: 1 core subjects
To be awarded the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging, students must complete 120 credit points (12 core subjects outlined in the course structure). Each subject has a value of 10 credit points.
|SUBJECT TITLE, DESCRIPTOR|
|DPPICC100 Camera and Capture
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. Students are also introduced to primary principles of moving image/video creation.
|DPPIDI100 Digital Imaging
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.
|DPPILL100 Light and Lighting
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 lighting will be gained, giving students the skills to creatively modify and apply light in a range of studio and location settings for both Photography and video.
|DPPIVL100 Visual Language of Photography
This subject serves as an introduction to communicating with imagery.
Students explore theories of visual communication as tools to develop their own visual language.
They will gain skills in observation, idea generation, and effective visual communication in the context of photography and moving image.
Students will also study the history and evolution of photography including the origins of moving image acknowledging the major influences and commentators of the industry.
|DIG104A Motion Design
This subject introduces the foundational theory and practice of motion graphic design and live action camera production. Students will explore basic skills in concept development, asset creation, 2D animation and compositing suitable for motion graphic production. Additionally, the process of developing a live action video piece is introduced, from pre-production through to post-production, including fundamental sound design principles. Students will gain basic skills in camera-based production including basics of lighting, sound recording and editing.
In this subject students further explore advanced digital image techniques and a suite of editing software related to the photo imaging industry. They will also gain knowledge into colour theory and colour management workflows, and manage colour consistency from capture through to output in a digital production environment.
|DPPIDP100 Domestic Portraiture
In this subject students explore the different types of portrait photography, looking at various approaches and techniques. 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.
|DPPMD100 Media and Documentary
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 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.
|DPPPR100 Professional Practice
In this subject students learn about the business of photography, freelance work and how to charge and market yourself effectively. Topics include self-promotion, strategies to run an effective sustainable business and the importance of soft-skills within the business context.
Students also research trends and emerging technologies that could affect or create opportunities within the market place; looking at ways to exploit these opportunities and build entrepreneurial attitudes to assist them.
|WIL100B Work Integrated Learning
This subject is designed to provide students with professional experience in an area related to their field of study or the career they are working towards. Within the framework of an industry brief in conjunction with an industry client, students will learn how to unpack a defined challenge into achievable outcomes and use this framework to guide the creative process and final deliverable.
In this subject students begin to develop their folio for graduation. Utilising a suitable media (e.g. print, web or video), 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.
|DPPICO200 Commercial Photography
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 DPPILL100 (Light and Lighting) students further develop their lighting skills for a range of commercial applications.
The Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging can be studied fully online or at the below Torrens University Campuses:
- Sydney: Level 1, 46-52 Mountain Street, Ultimo NSW Australia 2007
- Melbourne: 196 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
- Brisbane: 90 Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006
Campus Facilities and Services
All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.
Facilities and Services include:
- The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
- Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
- Student wireless access throughout the Campus
- Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
- Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities and vending machines
- The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.
The service includes:
- Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
- Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
- Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities
A positive student experience
Torrens University Australia values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints. The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be accessed from the website (/policies-and-forms).
Paying for your qualification
We offer two payment options for this course:
- Upfront payment
If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each semester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or direct transfer.
FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($45, 881 in 2019-20). Just like with any other debt,
a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.
Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:
- FEE-HELP website:
- FEE-HELP booklets:
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