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Diploma of Photo Imaging

Billy Blue College of Design

You might think that studying anything to do with photography is a thing of the past now that we all have millions of sweet filters on VSCO and our phones do all the heavy lifting. Well you’re wrong. The Diploma of Photo Imaging is about so much more than gathering likes. It’s a professional, comprehensive qualification that sees you learning the sturdy foundations for a photographic career that will outlast the casuals with their handheld megapixels. A broad base of generalist skills, experience and skills that combine theory, practice and putting your baseball cap on backwards to take sweet shots.

Exploring both still image and video formats, you’ll be identifying and exploring your own personal style while gaining practical skills using the Adobe software suite as well as equipment like DSLR cameras, studio lighting and video rigs. Build a portfolio and learn real workplace skills to match your swagger.

Key Information

where CAN I STUDY?

  • Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne
  • Available as blended
  • Available online

start dates

workload

  • 10 hours per subject, per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed.

course duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time available

Why Study at Billy Blue

The big difference at Billy Blue is that you’ll start working in your industry from day one – getting real experience, learning from real industry professionals and making real industry connections. Plus, we have university accreditation and a commercially focused educational philosophy.

What can you expect when you graduate?

The average salary earned by a Photographer.

$40 000*

Source*

You’ll have a variety of career options, including:

  • Fashion Photographer
  • Food Photographer
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Photo Technician
  • Re-toucher

Innovative Learning

We want you to feel, see and be heard. We think that students learn faster and progress through material quicker in smaller classes. Our ‘Blended’ study options mean that you can also study on campus and online during your course.

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Graduate SPOTLIGHT

"Going to college changed my entire life in ways I never thought possible. The lecturers through Billy Blue are actual professional working photographers. So you are getting an inside look into the life of a photographer from day one. They are all like open books, sharing all their photography knowledge and business skills in every lesson.”

Rachel Martin - Graduate

COURSE OVERVIEW

WHAT TO EXPECT

If you’re a keen photographer who’s ready to take your skills to the next level and perhaps make photography your career, this diploma course will be perfect for you. It will give you a broad base of generalist photo imaging knowledge and experience. Interweaving theory and practice, you will gain skills in using software, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Premiere, as well as the know-how to use equipment such as DSLR cameras, studio lighting, video rigs, and more. You’ll explore both still image and video formats, and learn real workplace procedures so you have the confidence to manage many types of photography assignments from start to finish. With exercises grounded in industry practice and access to studio spaces even outside of class hours, you can refine your skills and experiment with different techniques. Guided by lecturers who are professional photographers, you’ll identify and explore your own personal style. And all the work you produce in the course will help build your professional portfolio – putting the spotlight on your creativity to impress clients or potential employers. You will graduate as a curious, independent thinker with the skills that you need to experiment with photography in different ways. As smart, passionate photographers, our graduates never stop learning and developing their own style.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Identify and explore your own personal style and build a professional portfolio;
  • Explore both still image and video formats
  • Learn real workplace skills so you have the confidence to manage many types of photography assignments from start to finish.

Create something amazing

The great thing about Billy Blue is you don’t have to wait until you finish to produce exceptional work. Take a look at some of our student’s work.

Graduate SPOTLIGHT

"Going to college changed my entire life in ways I never thought possible. The lecturers through Billy Blue are actual professional working photographers. So you are getting an inside look into the life of a photographer from day one. They are all like open books, sharing all their photography knowledge and business skills in every lesson.”

Rachel Martin - Graduate

How you’ll study

Fit everything in with our flexible course options. You can study when it suits you online or on campus.

personalise your course

At Billy Blue, we offer flexible study pathways and recognise prior learning - you might find you’ve already completed a chunk of your degree already.

How Much

Find out more about course fees and financial support – and for personalised advice, just ask.

How can I pay?

Can I apply

Before you get started with your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below.

Australian Year 12 or equivalent or higher qualification;

If you do not meet the ATAR requirements

You can apply through Special Entry;

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level:

  • Broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR
  • Formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR
  • Written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success; OR
  • Discipline specific portfolio (art and/or design).
Full admissions criteria
  • Australian Year 12 or equivalent; and
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent.

International students seeking student visas must comply with regulations from the Department of Home Affairs.

Ready to apply

Applying to Billy Blue is easy. Pick your start date, decide how you’d like to study, then apply online or give us a call and we’ll do it for you.

International students

We prepare international students with the skills and knowledge to be employment-ready, communicate and collaborate with diverse cultures and graduate with a perspective to gain global learning experiences.
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More Information

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Frequently asked questions - DIPLOMA OF PHOTO IMAGING

Yes, all Billy Blue qualifications are accredited by Torrens University Australia and nationally recognised. In addition, Billy Blue’s close industry links ensure that your Billy Blue qualification is highly respected within the design industry.

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.

Billy Blue Bachelor Degree courses are eligible for FEE HELP (Australian students only). FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses. It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold. Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

All students are required to bring a laptop to class.

Software requirements:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition) including Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, Illustrator and InDesign;
  • Microsoft Office (Home and Student suite)
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software (free student versions available at www.autodesk.com/education/free-software/all)

SketchUp Make software (free student versions available at http://www.sketchup.com/download)

Art Materials:

All students commencing this Interior Design and Decoration course (on-campus or online) will require art materials for their studies. You can buy an Art Kit in full or make purchases as needed throughout your course from anywhere you choose. Listed in the below pages are the material requirements.

Photographic Equipment Students require the following equipment and materials to be able to complete the Diploma of Photo Imaging:

  • DSLR Camera body
  • Lens(es) with the following focal lengths:
  • Wide-angle - between 16mm and 35mm approx. (such as Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, or Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED)
  • Standard - around 50mm (such as Canon EF 24- 70mm f/2.8 L II USM, or Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G ED)
  • Telephoto - from 85mm (such as Canon 70- 200mm f2.8L IS, or Nikon 70-200mm f2.8G ED)
  • Tripod
  • External flash unit (off-camera with manual control)
  • Collapsible 5 in 1 reflector - 105cm approx. Students will need to consider the following equipment and materials to benefit their studies and professional career:
  • Radio transmitter and receiver for camera flash
  • Hot shoe flash adaptor(only if your camera does not have sync lead connection)
  • Light meter
  • 2GB – 8GB Flash Card
  • Card reader
  • Polarising filter
  • Shutter release cable
  • Padded camera + lens bag
  • Lens cleaning brush
  • Lens cleaning tissue
  • Photographic printing – as required
  • Professional quality folio prints - as required

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