Advanced Certificate in Photojournalism

Extensive studies in photography, writing and management for people who wish to combine written and photographic skills. Work in media or publishing.

Course CodeVPH015
Fee CodeAC
Duration (approx)900 hours
QualificationAdvanced Certificate

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Work Towards a Career in Photojournalism

Photojournalists capture history and tell the story of humanity with an image.  These stories can be intimate and subtle, or epic tales of war and peace.

For the skilled photographer opportunities are diverse and varied.  For the person who can also write and process images using software, demand for this mix of skills is very high. 

Discover how to take skilful photographs, understand photographic technology, learn business skills, and find out how to publish your work.  

Learn the Theory and Practice Needed for Success in Photojournalism

The advanced course in Photojournalism is a broad based, practically oriented training course that will develop the essential skills required to work in this field. The student will develop a variety of written and photographic work that can be used as the basis for a professional portfolio.

At the completion of this course you will have a thorough understanding of the craft of photojournalism, improved writing skills, knowledge of the publishing process and the business skills to set yourself up.  You will also have an understanding of online publishing and marketing.


This course is made up of 7 modules (700 hours total)

PLUS Research Project l

PLUS 100 hours of work experience or industry meetings (100 hrs).

Study modules

Some of the modules you can study are listed below  (click on each course for more detail):

To fulfil the requirements of the course, the student must complete all course Set Tasks and Assignments, and pass an exam for each study module (7 exams).

Industry Meetings

This involves participating in at least 100 hrs of seminars, workshops, committee meetings, meetings of local journalists or photographers.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Advanced Certificate in Photojournalism .
 Industry Project I BIP000
 Freelance Writing BWR102
 Research Project I BGN102
 Digital Photography BPH202
 Journalism Practice I BWR203
 Photographic Technology BPH201
 Photojournalism Practice I BPH302
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 2 of the following 22 modules.
 Industry Project II BIP001
 E Commerce BIT100
 Editing I (Editing and Proofreading) BWR106
 Efficient Writing AWR102
 Html (Writing a Website) VIT102
 Introduction To Photography BPH100
 Photographic Practice BPH101
 Photographing People BPH102
 Publishing I BWR107
 Graphic Design BIT205
 Internet Marketing BIT204
 Landscape Photography BPH203
 Photographic Lighting BPH204
 Photoshop (Beginner To Medium Level) VIT202
 Publishing II BWR202
 Research Project II BGN201
 Wedding Photography BPH206
 Editing for Specialists and Professionals (Editing III) BWR307
 Editing II BWR302
 Editing Practice BWR305
 Journalism Practice II BWR304
 Photographic Portfolio BPH301

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

What You Will Do

  • Photojournalists find work in publishing, electronic and print media, freelance photography and writing.

Why Study Here?

Better Services, Better Staff, More Flexibility, Personal treatment!

We have schools and staff in both Australia and the UK; and as part of a network of more than 15 colleges across three countries; we bring our students a wealth of resources and a unique international perspective, not found in other colleges. You can phone us and talk to tutors, or email for prompt replies, 5 days a week, in either of two countries -that means there is someone you can contact, 16 hrs a day on work days.

For us, your learning is top priority (Other colleges are often more focussed on assessment, Many will limit the time you can take to study. Others limit your access to students. We offer stronger student support, and unique services -if it's going to help you learn, we will make every possible effort to help you).

Expert, tertiary qualified and experienced staff provide you with personal tutoring support, one on one.

Frequently Asked Questions:

I have taken a look at your 2100hr learning bundle in Photojournalism via your website.  What kind of curriculum do you provide for students doing home study?

All of our courses are home study courses. This 2100 hour Learning package in Photojournalism consists of a fantastic blend of Photography, Journalism and IT modules which would help you with this career. You can choose to study by correspondence (printed notes), e-learning (CD for your computer) or online (downloadable notes). We are flexible about your subject choice and can always design a course to suit your needs exactly.

What things are to be purchased?
You would need a camera for the photography modules (ideally a digital SLR but others would be fine also), a computer (or access to a computer) and internet access so you can email your assignments in and do research. Everything else is included.

Are the items to be purchased to be purchased from you or from where I live?
Course notes and text books are included in the fee.

How long is the course?
It is self-paced so you can either do it very quickly or fit it around your other commitments (such as family and work). We give you 3 years to complete it but you can do it much faster than that if you have the spare time. Each module should take about 100 hours.

How do you judge the photography?
You re-size your images and submit them via email (pasted into your assignments). We will look at them and give you pointers on how to correct or improve them. We look at composition, subject choice and the technical details. It is easy to tell if your aperture and shutter speed settings are incorrect.

What are the fees payable and how do I make the payment?

The fees are on the right hand side of the web page in the yellow box - they vary depending on which study method you choose. If you hit the 'enrol now' button you can see the fee break-down options.

For home study, how do you teach the photographic techniques and how do I hand up my assignments?
It is all email based. Photography is like a science. You are given information on how to adjust aperture, shutter speed etc and then you are given set tasks to experiment with.

It is easy for your photography tutor to tell from looking at an image how you might improve those photos - whether it is a matter of angle, aperture, shutter speed, light direction or filters etc.

You do the set tasks for each lesson and then submit the assignments. The set tasks are fun and can see you going on many photography adventures.



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