Certificate IV in Photography and Digital Imaging - CUA41120

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Vocational Education and Training (VET)
CRICOS: 00122A

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. The outcomes of this qualification apply to a range of industry contexts including in retail, commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, institutional and art photography work environments. These may be within organisations or of an independent nature. The job roles that relate to this qualification may include Photographer (freelance), Photographer\u2019s Assistant (Studio), Compositor, Digital Retoucher, Photo or Minilab Retail Assistant. It also provides a pathway to other photography and photo imaging job roles.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. Individuals at this level usually operate autonomously, however they may provide some leadership and guidance to others with limited responsibility for the output of others.Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations QualificationNo licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.Units of competency in qualificationSome individual units of competency may have their own licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements. Users must check individual units of competency for licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements relevant to that unit.


  • Produce innovative digital images
  • Manage media assets
  • Promote innovation in team environments
  • Author interactive media
  • Develop and extend design skills and practice
  • Implement copyright arrangements
  • Manage colour
  • Participate in collaborative creative projects
  • Process colour materials in a wet darkroom context
  • Develop and implement own self-care plan in the creative industries
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Design and apply make-up for photography
  • Investigate business opportunities
  • Develop personal work priorities
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Create and optimise digital media
  • Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work
  • Develop and present business proposals
  • Capture photographic images
  • Store and maintain finished creative work
  • Capture images in response to a brief
  • Conduct research
  • Integrate disability access and inclusion
  • Deliver and monitor a service to customers
  • Plan a career in the creative arts industry
  • Enhance, manipulate and output photo images
  • Edit video and audio content for social media
  • Source and apply information on the history and theory of design
  • Capture images using drone technology
  • Apply critical thinking to work practices
  • Document the creative work progress
  • Apply work health and safety practices
  • Promote products and services
  • Undertake project work
  • Manage feedback on creative practice
  • Determine resource requirements for new business ventures
  • Explore the use of colour
  • Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • Manage copyright arrangements
  • Work effectively in the creative arts industry
  • Manage personal health and wellbeing
  • Process photo images
  • Set up and operate automated workflow
  • Digitise complex images for reproduction
  • Design user interfaces
  • Develop and apply knowledge of communications industry
  • Create user interfaces
  • Collaborate in creative processes
  • Use wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome photographs
  • Build and maintain business relationships
  • Apply marketing communication across a convergent industry
  • Plan and style merchandise photo shoots
  • Explore the history and social impact of creativity
  • Produce and prepare photo images
  • Produce innovative video art
  • Provide freelance services
  • Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
  • Source and apply design industry knowledge
  • Integrate colour theory and design processes
  • Address compliance requirements for new business ventures
  • Organise finances for new business ventures
  • Organise personal work priorities
  • Research history and theory to inform own arts practice
  • Develop and apply photo imaging industry knowledge
  • Shoot different screen content

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne City International: $24,000 No
  • Full-time : 1 year

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