Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging
Creating an image that’s striking, memorable and technically proficient to support client requirements is challenging. But you can meet the challenge confidently with a Swinburne Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging under your belt.
This diploma offers creative thinkers solid foundations for a career in photography. Taught by leading industry professionals, you’ll explore the conceptual elements of visual communication alongside vital technical skills. As well as advanced techniques in commercial studio lighting, drone photography and digital compositing, you’ll build your abilities across a range of practical skills, including:
- Commercial photography
- Advertising photography
- Conceptual photography
- Advanced digital skills
- Colour management
- Business management
Swinburne is the first university in Australia to be an Adobe Creative Campus, and you’ll enjoy free access to Adobe Creative Cloud software on all of your devices.
In addition, the course is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and provides you with the credentials to seek membership.
Exploit imaging trends. Develop your own portfolio and website. Establish networks. And produce beautiful, impactful images. Swinburne offers what you need to begin the career you always pictured.
The course will not be offered in 2023. The information on this page is for current students. The next available intake is 2024. To discuss your study options contact us.
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
VTAC course code
- 3400271264 (fee type determined by provider)
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
Our Diploma course is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and is delivered to our students by current industry practicing photographers.
Units of study
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives and graduate skills.
Aims and objectives
- exploit imaging trends
- understand colour management in digital imaging
- develop their own website
- identify marketing opportunities
- establish networks
- work on a freelance basis
- explore photo lighting
- produce images for commercial, media, wedding, artistic, technical and illustrative images for publication and display.
- interpret photo imaging assignment briefs from a range of clients
- consult with clients to refine objectives of photo imaging assignments
- select appropriate technologies and workflows to capture images
- work from a studio or in a range of locations
- employ aesthetic, conceptual, compositional and technical skills to produce images.
Pathways and scholarships
HOW RACHEL LANDED HER PHOTO ON THE COVER OF A NEW YORK MAGAZINE
Rachel Canale made a name for herself in the photography world when a photo she took for a uni assignment made the cover of New York’s PROMO Magazine (pictured).
“Once I saw the outcome I knew I had to submit the images to a magazine, they were the best I had done before and they were unique,” says Rachel.
Course fees and requirements
- Entry requirements and non-year 12 entry.
A VET Student Loan is available for this course – allowing you to defer part of your fees if you're eligible.
The maximum VET Student Loan amount for this course is $11,191. You must start repaying this loan once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.
Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging
Estimated course fees for 2023*
|For students who are not granted a Skills First government-subsidised place||For students who are granted a Skills First government-subsidised place||Is this a Free TAFE course?|
|You will need to pay this amount if you do not receive a VET Student Loan||$16,240||$11,110||This course is not eligible for Free TAFE|
|You will need to pay this amount if you do receive a VET Student Loan||$5,049||Fully Covered||This course is not eligible for Free TAFE|
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
You could be granted a Skills First government-subsidised place when you apply for this course. Check your eligibility now.
Concession rates for Diploma and Advanced Diploma programs are also available if you self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and qualify for a government-subsidised training place under the Indigenous Completions Initiative.
The eligibility criteria are set by the Victorian Government and assessed by Swinburne in accordance with government directives, which are subject to change at any time.
Find out if you’re eligible for a fee concession here.
If you are not granted a government subsidised place, the full course fee will apply. Check your eligibility now.
Indicative nominal course hours: 1,100.
- being able to operate a digital SLR in manual mode, understanding how shutter speed and aperture can be used creatively, and how they affect image quality.
- understanding lighting concepts and formal lighting styles such as short lighting, Rembrandt, butterfly lighting, etc.
- understanding white balance.
- the ability to creatively make images in response to a range of briefs.
- a basic understanding of design concepts in photography, such as composition, tone and colour.