Photography Course - Advanced Certificate (Classroom)


Start Date:  May 2019
Price:  $ 2,695 (easy-pay plan available)
Average Study Duration:  6 months
Assessment:  10 practical assignments
Course Type:  Classroom-based
AQF Level:  N/A
Recognition:  International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC)
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.

Advanced Certificate course in Photography

The Advanced Certificate in photography is a practical and theoretical exploration into the exciting world of digital photography. By the end of the course you will have a solid understanding of your camera, a range of photography equipment, and will have completed practical assignments designed to give you the skills you need to succeed or develop as a professional photographer.

The classroom-based course covers the same topics as the home study course but with the added benefit of ten live classes conducted by our expert tutors. This blended learning approach ensures that you receive the optimum support and knowledge with the least amount of disruption to your working schedule.

The classroom-based advanced certificate course takes place over a six month period with either ten full-day Saturday classes from 09:30 to 16:30 or twenty evening classes from 18:30 to 21:00.

Throughout the course you will complete ten practical assignments. Our aim is for students to receive as much guidance and support during the tutorials as possible so that they will be able to plan their assignments in class and complete them at home.

You can choose to enrol for either the evening or full-day Saturday classes in Melbourne (William Angliss Institute) or Sydney (University of NSW).

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Melbourne Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  10  Full DaysView Schedule  
Tuesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  20  EveningsView Schedule  
Sydney Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  10  Full DaysView Schedule  
Tuesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  20  EveningsView Schedule  

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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