Diploma Course Outline

Module 1

Camera

Get to know the authors, before they introduce you to the world of professional photography as it exists today. This module is an extensive look at the equipment you will use, covering cameras, how they function and when to take advantage of the broad range of lenses available to you.

Units covered in this module:

CUAPHI302 Capture Photographic Images
CUAACD512 Work With Photomedia In Creative Practice
CUAPHI501 Apply Visual Communication Theory to Photo Imaging Practice
CUAPHI505 Produce Commercial Photo Images
CUAPHI506 Provide Photographic Portrait Services
CUAPHI507 Produce Media Photo Images
CUAPHI511 Make Illustrative Photo Images for Publication and Display
CUAPPR501 Realise a Body of Creative Work
CUAPHI402 Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques

Module 2

Capture

Learn how to control your camera and capture the images you have always imagined. You will learn all aspects of correct camera handling including an in-depth understanding of the settings on your camera and how to control the exposure to achieve the results you want, when you want, every time.

Units covered in this module:

CUAPHI302 Capture Photographic Images
CUAPHI402 Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques
CUAPHI501 Apply Visual Communication Theory to Photo Imaging Practice
CUAPHI505 Produce Commercial Photo Images
CUAPHI506 Provide Photographic Portrait Services
CUAPHI507 Produce Media Photo Images
CUAPHI511 Make Illustrative Photo Images for Publication and Display
CUAPHI403 Enhance, Manipulate and Output Photo Images

Module 3

Post-production

Quick and accurate post-production plays a very important role in the photography workflow. This module explores in depth the use of post-production programs focusing on Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. This will give the student a comprehensive experience on how to use and apply these programs in a professional manner and as part of their workflow. This module also focuses on digital art and expanding the student’s knowledge of current industry practice.

Units covered in this module:

CUAPHI403 Enhance, Manipulate and Output Photo Images
CUADIG508 Refine Digital Art Techniques
CUAPHI302 Capture Photographic Images
CUAPHI402 Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques
CUAPHI505 Produce Commercial Photo Images
CUAPHI506 Provide Photographic Portrait Services
CUAPHI507 Produce Media Photo Images
CUAPHI511 Make Illustrative Photo Images for Publication and Display
CUAPHI502 Research and Apply Photo Imaging Trends

Module 4

Lighting

In this module, we will be learning about light, the characteristics of light and how we, as photographers, harness the characteristics of light to good effect in our photographs. The ability to light our subjects well provides us with a unique selling proposition in our professional practice.

Units covered in this module:

CUAPHI402 Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques
CUAPHI502 Research and Apply Photo Imaging Trends

Module 5

Advanced Lighting

In this module, we will explore a range of historical and contemporary sources of light. You will examine the theories of light and how you can prepare to shoot for a range of lighting techniques and situations. You will explore lighting with a range of subjects in both interior and exterior locations. You will then produce a series of photo images using appropriate lighting techniques and technologies to create an emotional response to the viewer. You will learn how to identify future work directions in the contemporary industry and how to respond to the changes this creates.

Units covered in this module:

CUAPHI503 Explore the Descriptive and Emotive Nature of Photo Lighting
CUADIG508 Refine Digital Art Techniques
CUAPHI302 Capture Photographic Images
CUAPHI403 Enhance, Manipulate and Output Photo Images
CUAPHI502 Research and Apply Photo Imaging Trends

Module 6

Colour Management

In this module, you will learn the advanced techniques of correct colour management. Colour management encompasses areas of capture, display and output in the imaging workflow and evaluates correct management of these spaces. We will identify and select appropriate calibration devices to create profiles for your system. You will then review this impact on your workflow and amend any areas that need consideration.

Units covered in this module:

CUAPHI513 Employ Colour Management in a Digital Imaging Workplace
CUAPHI402 Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques
CUAPHI505 Produce Commercial Photo Images
CUAPHI506 Provide Photographic Portrait Services
CUAPHI507 Produce Media Photo Images
CUAPHI511 Make Illustrative Photo Images for Publication and Display
CUAPHI403 Enhance, Manipulate and Output Photo Images

Module 7

The Business of Photography

In this module, you will identify current trends that impact photo imaging and evaluate how these trends can influence your professional practice. You will identify business opportunities associated with these trends and develop entrepreneurial strategies to develop within the marketplace. You will then focus on relevant employment opportunities within industry and maintain industry contacts. You will produce material about the services you provide and promote your business across a range of media outlets and online platforms. You will establish a clear and concise agreement with a client and agree on fees, schedules and expenses.

Units covered in this module:

CUAIND402 Provide Freelance Services
CUAPHI502 Research and Apply Photo Imaging Trends
CUADIG508 Refine Digital Art Techniques
CUAPHI403 Enhance, Manipulate and Output Photo Images
CUAPHI402 Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques
CUAACD512 Work With Photomedia in Creative Practice
CUAPHI505 Produce Commercial Photo Images
CUAPHI506 Provide Photographic Portrait Services
CUAPHI507 Produce Media Photo Images
CUAPHI511 Make Illustrative Photo Images for Publication and Display
CUAPPR501 Realise a Body of Creative Work
CUAPPR503 Present a Body of Own Creative Work
CUAPHI302 Capture Photographic Images

Module 8

Visual Communication

Visual communication is part of our everyday lives – we see it online, on the TV and in our geographical locations. The effective use of communicating visually is complex and requires the creative to correctly interpret a brief, develop conceptual ideas around the brief, be able to critique the idea, and interpret the mode of delivery for the audience. In this module, you will learn how to determine your intent of visual communication specific to your target audience for photo images.

Units covered in this module:

CUAPHI501 Apply Visual Communication Theory to Photo Imaging Practice
CUAPHI502 Research and Apply Photo Imaging Trends
CUADIG508 Refine Digital Art Techniques
CUAPHI511 Make Illustrative Photo Images for Publication and Display
CUAPHI402 Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques
CUAPHI505 Produce Commercial Photo Images
CUAPHI506 Provide Photographic Portrait Services
CUAPHI507 Produce Media Photo Images
CUAPHI302 Capture Photographic Images

Module 9

Interpreting Creatively

In this module, you will examine traditional and contemporary ways that photomedia is used. You will identify appropriate digital, traditional and contemporary methods that can be applied to photomedia projects. You will develop a body of work using research as an underpinning requirement. You will achieve different effects and results within your photography practice and refine your ideas through a process of experimentation. You will review your work and finalise the images while applying safe work practices. Your final project for this module will be a body of work encompassing your research and experimentation that will inform your final images.

Units covered in this module:

CUAPPR501 Realise a Body of Creative Work
CUAPHI502 Research and Apply Photo Imaging Trends
CUADIG508 Refine Digital Art Techniques
CUAACD512 Work With Photomedia in Creative Practice
CUAPHI402 Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques
CUAPHI403 Enhance, Manipulate and Output Photo Images
CUAPHI505 Produce Commercial Photo Images
CUAPHI506 Provide Photographic Portrait Services
CUAPHI507 Produce Media Photo Images
CUAPHI511 Make Illustrative Photo Images for Publication and Display
CUAPHI302 Capture Photographic Images

Module 10

Commercial Photographic Services

In this module, we will explore how to interpret a commercial photography brief. You will learn how to research styles and conceptualise aesthetic approaches to specific job requirements. You will learn how to prepare job estimates and how to apply a creative fee for your time and effort. You will prepare terms and conditions, budgets, quotes on shooting (against your initial estimate), make an agreement and complete your contract. We will investigate codes of practice, licensing and permit requirements for commercial shoots. Then, you will apply this knowledge to the stock photography industry and create a body of work for a stock agency.

Units covered in this module:

CUAPHI505 Produce Commercial Photo Images
CUAPHI507 Produce Media Photo Images
CUADIG508 Refine Digital Art Techniques
CUAPHI302 Capture Photographic Images
CUAPHI402 Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques
CUAPHI403 Enhance, Manipulate and Output Photo Images
CUAPHI502 Research and Apply Photo Imaging Trends
CUAPHI511 Make Illustrative Photo Images for Publication and Display
CUAACD512 Work With Photomedia in Creative Practice
CUAPPR501 Realise a Body of Creative Work
CUAPPR503 Present a Body of Own Creative Work
CUAPHI506 Provide Photographic Portrait Services

Module 11

Develop Yourself Artistically

In this module, you will be developing your own ideas and studying the work of others to stimulate your own conceptual and technical skills and consider intellectual property implications. You will explore and use technology to expand your own practice, identify industry networks and events to generate work opportunities, and promote yourself as an artist. This will include considerations for an exhibition and all associated promotional material, artist statements and PR requirements. You will investigate and present a body of work using a range of visual communication modes and media to engage a target audience of your choosing and seek to evaluate how this theory impacts your own creative practice.

Units covered in this module:

CUAPPR404 Develop Self as Artist
CUADIG508 Refine Digital Art Techniques
CUAPHI302 Capture Photographic Images
CUAPHI402 Apply Photo Imaging Lighting Techniques
CUAPHI505 Produce Commercial Photo Images
CUAPHI506 Provide Photographic Portrait Services
CUAPHI507 Produce Media Photo Images
CUAPHI511 Make Illustrative Photo Images for Publication and Display
CUAPHI502 Research and Apply Photo Imaging Trends

Module 12

Final Body of Work - Portfolio and Area of Specialisation

In this module, you will be building your final body of work as a portfolio in your area of interest. You will combine everything you have learned so far to create an industry standard series of images. You will consider your target audience for this body of work and a variety of means of displaying your images online. This will include a website and social media considerations. You will investigate how visual communication engages your target audience and how you will apply visual communication theories to your photo images. You will explore presentation layouts for your portfolio and consult with relevant people when developing these layout options. You will develop your presentation concept using critical thinking skills. You will refine how the presentation will work and explore the production budget, time frames and workflow plans while considering the objectives and copyright requirements. You may need to address technical challenges that arise during this process. You will then present your own creative work that stylistically suits your genre and seek feedback on your body of work. You will also develop systems to identify to future presentations and business opportunities.

Units covered in this module:

CUAPPR503 Present a Body of Own Creative Work
CUADIG508 Refine Digital Art Techniques
CUAPHI302 Capture Photographic Images
CUAPHI505 Produce Commercial Photo Images
CUAPHI506 Provide Photographic Portrait Services
CUAPHI507 Produce Media Photo Images
CUAPHI511 Make Illustrative Photo Images for Publication and Display
CUAACD512 Work With Photomedia in Creative Practice
CUAPHI403 Enhance, Manipulate and Output Photo Images

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