Advanced Certificate in Photography (Multimedia)

This online course combines photography and relevant IT skills. Learn photographic technology, lighting, digital manipulation of images and website development.

Course CodeVPH018
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

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Towards a Career in Multimedia and Photography

Learn essential skills to help you gain employment in photography and multimedia settings.

This course is a great way to study essential modules yet still have some flexibility to choose others to suit your specific goals and learning needs. For example, you could take the Starting a Small Business and E-Commerce modules so you can set yourself up for a career you can run from your lounge room!


Photography and technology are inseparable.

This course will give you a fantastic grounding in both photography and relevant IT skills which can be used to start your own business or work in a variety of industries. Grow your awareness of industry and opportunities; networking, and developing the sort of attitude that often makes a huge difference between successful and unsuccessful photographers.

You will learn all about photographic technology, lighting, how to take great photographs, manipulating images on a computer and how to develop your own website.

  • If you want to start your own business, you can do the Small Business, Marketing and E-Commerce Modules.
  • If you want to move more into the creative multimedia industries you could do Script Writing and Freelance Writing. 
  • If you want to be a Wedding Photographer you could do the Wedding Photography module.
  • If you already have some experience in Photography you don't have to do the Introduction to Photography module. If you are new to the subject, however, this is where you should start.

The Research Project allows you to delve deeply into an area of interest.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Photography (Multimedia).
 Html (Writing a Website) VIT102
 Photographic Practice BPH101
 Javascript BIT202
 Photographic Technology BPH201
 Photoshop (Beginner To Medium Level) VIT202
 Photojournalism Practice I BPH302
Stream ModulesStudied after the core modules, stream modules cover more specific or niche subjects.
 Research Project I BGN102
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 17 modules.
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Travel Photography VPH005
 E Commerce BIT100
 Editing I (Editing and Proofreading) BWR106
 Freelance Writing BWR102
 Introduction To Photography BPH100
 Marketing Foundations VBS109
 Marketing Psychology BPS107
 Photographing People BPH102
 Starting A Small Business VBS101
 Digital Photography BPH202
 Graphic Design BIT205
 Information Security BIT203
 Landscape Photography BPH203
 Photographic Lighting BPH204
 Script Writing BWR204
 Wedding Photography BPH206

Note that each module in the Advanced Certificate in Photography (Multimedia) is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.


  • To furnish students with the skills required to compete in a technologically driven photography industry.
  • To provide students with transferrable skills which can be used in a variety of different settings.
  • To empower students to market and sell their own work.

What You Will Do

  • Learn the technical skills needed in order to take great photographs.
  • Learn how to digitally manipulate images.
  • Learn the technology required to write your own website and load your photos on to it.
  • Learn how to sell your work online.


This course is different to many others, because it goes well beyond just teaching you to take photographs. It is an "experiential based" learning program; designed to get you involved with the photography industry as you study. The industry is changing faster than ever; and will continue to change; and for ongoing success you need to become "connected" and remain "connected", so that you see and adapt to recent changes, and ongoing changes as your career moves forward.

This course would be close to two years of full time study at most colleges; however, under our system you may fast track it or take it slow. Some may complete it in one year, while others may take many years to finish the course.
To give yourself the best chance of success in this industry, a substantial course (around 1500 hrs or more) together with experience, is what is needed.


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John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. J
John Edwards

Professional photographer. Experienced in Environmental and Water Services management. Has traveled extensively for photography projects. John has a BA (Hons) Photography, BSc (Hons) Env.Mgt, PGCE
Sarah Jury

Over 15 years working in small business, I.T., education and science. Sarah has a PGCE(Post Compulsory Education), BSc(Hons) (Genetics), DipComp(Open), CertWebApps(Open). She has designed and created several Web sites for different organisations.
Christine Todd

University lecturer, businesswoman, photographer, consultant and sustainability expert; with over 40 years industry experience B.A., M.Plan.Prac., M.A.(Social). An expert in planning, with years of practical experience in permaculture.
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