The essentials



It’s never too late to start! We begin your learning from the ground up, with revision of essential skills to strengthen competencies in camera operations, film processing and darkroom printing procedures. This is achieved through an intensive study of practical and theoretical techniques in Black & White photography, that progresses onto the exciting areas of colour and digital imaging.

Our premise is that an understanding and appreciation of photography necessitates a broader study of the Arts. You are involved in learning experiences, which integrate Film, Music, Theatre, Poetry and Television with the Visual Arts. This overview of the Arts will enrich your source of reference and inspiration.

At PIC photographic imaging college, you can succeed at many levels. The overriding goal is to produce a portfolio of photographic works that demonstrates a high level of technical competence and conceptual maturity. You may be content to merely satisfy your creative spirit or you may use your folio to obtain entry into the photographic industry or undertake further studies.

Photographic Imaging College graduates have an excellent record in obtaining placements at tertiary institutions, especially at RMIT University and the Victorian College Of The Arts.

The course is continually revised and restructured around technological change. Lectures, workshops, camps, on-location training and work experience are the venues for intensive practical and informational sessions. Study the certificate IV in Photo Imaging, [full time], or Certificate III in Visual Arts.


Where this course may lead

This course prepares you for a career as a photographer across a range of industry contexts including commercial, domestic portrait, media, wedding, illustrative, and institutional photography.

What you learn

You learn about the vocational and business skills you need to become an independent photographer. You develop skills including the provision of media, wedding, and technical photo images. You also learn how to present your work, manage budgets and financial plans, and how to promote your products and services.

Course Details; CertifIcate IV & Diploma

Delivery method and course duration
Certificate IVDiploma
Course mode Full-time. Monday to Friday, 9:00 to 3:30


Delivery method and course duration
Certificate III
Course mode Thursday and Friday + Tuesday facilities Folio Focus

9:30am to 3:00pm

Entry requirements

Satisfactory completion of qualifications equivalent to the VCE are required to enter the Certificate IV.


The level of competency you develop from your training will be assessed using the following methods:

Observation, questioning, and practical demonstrations. You are required to create a portfolio and to exhibit your work.

Your teachers will provide you with more information on specific requirements at the start of each unit and will assist with any support you may need.

Outcomes and accreditations

If you successfully complete this course, you receive a nationally recognised Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification.

The details

The Diploma provides practical training if you who wish to pursue a career in Professional Photography, gain entry to one of the highly competitive territory institutions or become self-employed as a photographer.

You gain practical experience in many photographic imaging techniques and practices (both analogue and digital). Emphasis is on not only industry involvement, but the creative exploration and extra-curricular projects with all creative industry specialists provide you with the best opportunities for success.

Our course is recognised by various government departments and photographic businesses as an approved course of study. In some cases the award is a requirement for graded positions.

To achieve competency in Photo Imaging/photographic related skills, theoretical and practical knowledge of photographic techniques, materials and processes and an overall awareness of personal skills involved in working in photo imaging related and Industries. To produce Photographic folio that demonstrates skills, techniques and processes that will enable entry into higher level qualification.

Certificate IV

in PHOTOGRAPHY & Photoimaging

The Certificate IV Course is a comprehensive progression through the acquisition of basic skills to a fully professional understanding of Analogue Black & White Photography and Digital Imaging. The course provides you with conceptual and visual development and is supported by enrichment electives such as Contemporary Art, VCAL Senior Extension, and folio preparation. The year culminates in a professional Graduate Exhibition which enables you to publicly display the best of your portfolio.



The Diploma Course will provide you with new technical skills to operate a vast array of professional studio, analogue colour darkroom and camera equipment. You will become skilled in the use of medium and large format cameras and in our professional studios you will learn to use artificial light and flash to produce the highest quality images. As well as mastering colour processing and printing, you will use authoring tools such as Dreamweaver to enter the creative world of web design technology. Couple the latest imaging tools of the 21st century with your imagination and the creative possibilities are endless.

Certificate III


This qualification provides a pathway into the Photographic/ Photo Imaging Industry. Being a Folio Preparation course, this qualification is used as a scaffold to enter and undertake further study in Higher levels of education such as CUV40411 Certificate IV of Photo Imaging.



Semester dates for TAFE certificate and diploma courses follow the dates assigned by the respective Australian states and territories. It is common for classes to begin on or about the 7th to the 14th of February. Variations are due to calendar dependent issues such as public holidays, weekends, leap years and nominal changes made by education department authorities.

Applications for course entry are open from July to mid-February. You will be advised of course entry approval in mid to late January. Formal enrolment begins in mid-January and ends in early February. Course withdrawal and course alteration forms are processed until late March for first semester modules only. You are generally advised of the enrolment variation procedures during enrolment, but it is normal for all institutions to allow enrolment variations for the first two to three weeks of semester one. Late fees may apply for late withdrawals from courses. Late enrolments may also incur late fees and in cases where classes are full no late enrollment may be possible.

The first semester generally ends mid-June and the second semester generally starts early July. The semester break can vary from two to three weeks.

Final assessment periods range from mid-October to early November and marks are delivered in person at the presentation night, announced closer to the date. Continuing students are processed during the early January re-enrolment period.


The time table changes from year to year and you are strongly advised to consult  the noticeboard page, frequently. Course updates, changes to enrolment dates, seminars, industry training and exhibitions can occur on moments notice since the commitments of some industry based teaching staff can not be controlled by us.


You must demonstrate an 85% attendance record. Close contact with staff is advised through any negotiated channel of communication. The staff will mark the attendance roll and if you do not discuss with staff how you intend to complete set tasks, participate in workshops and other set tasks, we will assume non-attendance.

Semester dates for TAFE certificate and diploma courses follow the dates assigned by the respective Australian states and territories. Variations are due to calendar dependent issues such as public holidays, weekends, leap years and nominal changes made by education department authorities.

If you are completing your K12 (HSC / VCE) this year you will be notified by VTAC early to mid-January. A successful completion of Year 12 English is a mandatory entry requirement.

First semester commences no later than the 14th of February and ends no later than the 28th of June. Second semester commences no later than the 14th of July and the academic year closes no later than the 22nd of December.

Short Course studies?

We offer an option for study 3 days per week. Study photography three days per week? PIC offers a Certificate III in visual arts that focuses on photography, we teach digital and analogue photography skills, studio and location work, as well as help you create a great folio that can lead to industry or tertiary studies. Apply to study photography part time directly to the course.