Photography Course - Postgraduate (Home Study)
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Home Studycourse

Start Date:  Can be started at any time
Price:  $ 1,450 (easy-pay plan available)
Duration:  Approximately 9 months
Assessment:  15 practical assignments
Course Type:  Home Study
Level:  This is not an AQF qualification.
Accreditation:  International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC)
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.

Postgraduate course in Photography

The Postgraduate Certificate in photography is a practical and theoretical exploration into the exciting world of digital photography. By the end of the Postgraduate course you will have an advanced understanding of your camera and a wide range of photography equipment. You will explore some of the different genres within the field of photography, build up a strong portfolio, and study the professional practice of photography.

Throughout the course you will complete sixteen practical assignments designed to give you the skills you need to succeed as a photographer. Assignments can be completed at any time within a maximum time frame of three years. Most students complete the course in nine months.

Can be studied as a stand-alone course.

See below for a full list of topics covered »

Postgraduate Course Study Contents:

  • Welcome Letter - from the course director
  • Recommended Materials & Supplementary Reading List
  • Initial Assignments and Submission Requirements
  • All Course Content & Instructional Videos

Photographic Practices


Learn the key skills to operate your own camera in manual mode and to understand the importance of composition in relation to the intended outcome of an image. Gain the confidence to use your camera settings to create the best possible manually produced photographs. Indicative content:

  • Using your camera in manual mode
  • Exploring composition in relation to intentions
  • Exposure manual settings for aperture, focal length, perspective, metering, selective focus, white balance and exposure compensation
  • Using a zoom lens (example 24-70mm/24-100mm)

Lighting for Photography


Explore a variety of lighting techniques to perfect your photo shoots. Gain an understanding of the importance of analysing intention to allow you to plan processes and equipment for your photoshoots. Indicative content:

  • Experimenting with lighting techniques and lighting equipment (studio, flash and natural lighting)
  • Developing lighting layouts and diagrams
  • Exploring different types of lighting for different settings and context
  • Understanding lighting strategies and conditions
  • Analysing creative intentions in relation to contextual photography

Techniques & Processes


Develop the techniques and processes that will allow you to successfully tackle photography projects from the first meeting with a client to the final presentation of design work. Indicative content:

  • Understanding client briefs
  • Developing creative ideas
  • Using techniques and processes to realise creative potential
  • Developing post-production editing skills
  • Producing visual diaries for development and presentation

Contextual Studies


Research and analyse key historical eras and movements that will allow you to understand the context of contemporary photography. Indicative content:

  • Understanding the context of historical developments and their effect on modern photography
  • Communication techniques in photography
  • Primary and secondary research
  • Visual and textual analyses
  • Research presentation
  • Critical research analyses

Communication in Art and Design


Research how photographers communicate their design ideas to clients and learn a key skill set of techniques that will enable you to produce images of a professional standard to meet a client brief within an advertising context. Indicative content:

  • Preparing photos for web and print
  • Producing a professional portfolio
  • Developing creative thinking to produce specific contextual photographs
  • Using survey methods to understand audiences
  • Evaluating your own skills for further improvement
  • Producing client based presentations



Explore the different ways in which workflow can be organised to allow you to plan and execute and deliver your own projects in the future. Indicative content:

  • Understanding how photography projects can be managed
  • Developing organisational and leadership skills
  • Evaluating the process of monitoring projects
  • Discussing workflow mapping
  • Developing workflow systems
  • Tracking issues and solutions

Individual Project


Apply all the skills you have learned and develop your creative ability by working on an individual project within the context of event photography with a set theme and topic. You will be challenged to plan the project from start to finish and to review the skills and processes you used throughout your work. Indicative content:

  • Understanding client briefs
  • Exploring idea generating techniques
  • Developing creative ideas
  • Using techniques and processes to realise creative potential
  • Exploring concepts, materials and processes to develop creative photoshoots

Professional Development


Explore how changes in technology and in response to social and cultural change within the industry impact on the photography profession and the role of the photographer. Reflect on the implications of these changes on your own personal development and career plan. Indicative content:

  • Exploring the development of the photography profession
  • Assessing your own knowledge and skills
  • Identifying areas for personal/professional development
  • Exploring personal career goals
  • Creating a personal development plan