What will I learn?

Develop your photographic eye with a qualification recognized as one of the best in the industry. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging will develop your technical skills, conceptual thinking, photographic eye and help you produce a sharp portfolio to get ahead and stay ahead. Photography in Australia is a $1 billion industry and is taking on more prominence in our visual landscape across social media. This course will develop your technical skills in a creative and supportive environment.

Enlarge your photographic skills

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging will teach you everything you need to know to take excellent photos, including image capture, studio and location lighting, DSLR video, darkroom, digital printing, image enhancement, styling and exhibition. Our facilities and resources are professional industry-standard so you can build a comprehensive folio. Melbourne Polytechnic has a strong industry reputation for excellence. We’re the three-time winner of the Institute of the Year Award in the AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards. Your teachers will have industry-experience, and you’ll prepare for the professional photographic industry through excursions, visiting speakers, industry-relevant projects and course exhibitions.

Develop a successful future

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the skills to work as a studio assistant or assistant photographer. Potential employers include wedding or portrait studios, digital retouching agencies, print laboratories or photographic sale points. Students who successfully complete the Certificate IV will also have the opportunity to continue with further study and progress into our Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging.


Where will this take me

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the skills to work as a studio assistant or assistant photographer.

  • Photography Studio Assistant
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Assistant Photographer
  • Photographic Retail Assistant
  • Digital Retoucher


Graduates may continue on to the CUA50915 Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging.

How you learn

  • Studio
  • Face-to-face
  • Classroom

Assessment Methods

Assessment is by a combination of work-based projects and course-based assignments.

Which department am I in?

Department of Visual Arts



Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
A$14,400.00 (US$ 10,017) per year
Tuition fees per semester: AUD $7,200

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 February 2021


Fairfield Campus

Yarra Bend Road,



3078, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Most certificate and diploma level courses require evidence of completion to studies equivalent to Australian Year 11 or 12.

If you do not meet Melbourne Polytechnic’s academic entry-level requirements but have acquired skills or knowledge relevant to your chosen course, you may apply as a mature age student. A mature age student is considered to be over 18 years old and has been out of full-time education for at least one year.

Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0. General IELTS: 6.0 overall individual bands: min 5.5, TOEFL iBT: 49 overall Writing: 18; Speaking: 16; Reading: 8; Listening: 7, Pearson Global Scale of English: – PTE Academic: 42 overall communicative skills: 36, Cambridge English Scale (- Cambridge: First (FCE), - Cambridge: Advanced (CAE), - Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)): 162 overall individual bands: 154, Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS: 2+ ISLPR overall individual bands: min ISLPR 2.

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About this uni

Spread across seven campuses, Melbourne Polytechnic offers industry-related degrees and pathways to top universities.

  • One of Australia's largest higher education providers
  • Home to international students from over 70 countries
  • Awarded for Excellence in International Education
  • Partnerships with top universities and organisations