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Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging Information Set

Billy Blue College of Design

The Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging has been designed to provide graduates with a broad base of generalist Photo Imaging knowledge, skills and experience suitable both for entry-level employment in the Photo Imaging sector and/or as a platform for further specialised study at Bachelor level.

The course structure is designed to interweave theory, practice and connection. Each of these themes in turn represents distinct modes of thinking, enquiry and knowledge acquisition in relation to photo imaging.

Throughout the course students:

»      explore underpinning theoretical bodies of knowledge as a source of ideas and methods (theory informing practice);

»      engage in practice both as a means of skills acquisition and as a crucial mode of thinking (practice not only informed by but informing theory); and

»      make connections, both with the history and contexts of photo imaging and with industry mentors and communities ofpractice.

The course aims to develop graduates who are intellectually curious, rigorous independent thinkers, ethical and reflective practitioners with a commitment to lifelong learning.

Throughout, students will have the opportunity to engage with authentic learning experiences and assessment tasks grounded in industry practice.

Graduates will acquire skills in research and problem‐solving that they will be able to use to maintain and develop their professional disciplinary currency once in the workplace.

Their disciplinary and academic knowledge base will also provide a platform for further undergraduate study in Photo Imaging related fields.

Build Skills and a Professional Portfolio

The Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging provides graduates with a range of technical, creative and conceptual skills. Employment opportunities may include working in photographic studios, news organisations, fine art galleries, magazines, educational institutions, government departments, publishing companies, stock photo agencies, audio-visual/ video production companies and advertising companies.

Start a career as a photographer in a range of photo imaging fields, such as:

  • Commercial Photography(for traditional and online media)
  • Advertising/Editorial
  • News and Documentary Photojournalism
  • Fashion
  • Product
  • Architecture and Interiors
  • Beauty
  • Wedding
  • Food
  • Portrait
  • Creative Arts
  • Technician andPhoto Editing

Course Overview

Qualification Title Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging
Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time Blended*

Part-time Blended*

Full-time Online

Part-time Online

*Blended – face to face on campus plus facilitated online

Study Options – International students Full-time Blended*

*Blended – face to face on campus plus facilitated online (no more than 25% online)

Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website

Course Length Full-time: 1.5 years

Accelerated: 1 year

Part-time: 3 years

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.


FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

Further information within this Course Information Sheet

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.

Payment Options – International students Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Further information within this Course Information Sheet

Course study requirements Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study. Assessment  Practical assignments, research projects, presentations and reports
Locations Sydney Campus

Brisbane Campus

Melbourne Campus

Delivered by Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia
Provider Torrens University Australia Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course Code 094246M
Provider obligations Torrens University is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Torrens University Australia Ltd
Course Fees For details, refer to the website. Any other fees For details, refer to the website.


Essential requirements for admission: No additional requirements

Student Profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced in this course in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Applicant background Trimester one / Full year intake [2019]
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
13 14%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 12 13%
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
27 30%
(D) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of
adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

0 0%
·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
0 0%
·        Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
32 36%
International students 6 7%
All students 90 100.0%

Notes:        “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Admission Criteria
Applicants with higher education study ·       A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider


·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study ·       A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)


·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

Applicants with work and life experience Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required 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).

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)

Completed year 12 or equivalent. No minimum ATAR required.
English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5

ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in [T1 2019]

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds) ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors) *

[NB: Raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR]

Highest rank to receive an offer N/A
Median rank to receive an offer N/A
Lowest rank to receive an offer N/A

Notes:  * “<5” – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made

Other admission options

(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)

Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

How to apply

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

  • Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions
  • Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)
  • Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2.

For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see

Where to get further information

Torrens University


Australian Tertiary Admissions Centres (TACs)

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)


Course Structure

The course structure comprises 11 core subjects at Level 100 and one

core subject at Level 200.

Level 100 11 core subjects    
Level 200 1 core subject    

Course Rules

To qualify for Higher Education Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging, students must complete a minimum of 80 credit points including the satisfactory completion of all core subjects noted below.

4 subjects are worth 10 credit points each.

8 subjects are worth 5 credit points each.


Subject details Recommended Study Pattern
Level 100 Core
Subject title, descriptor Full-time Part-time
DPPIVL100 Visual Language of Photography

This subject serves as an introduction to communicating with imagery.

Students explore theories of visual communication as tools to develop their own visual language.

They will gain skills in observation, idea generation, and effective visual communication in the context of photography and moving image.

Students will also study the history and evolution of photography including the origins of moving image acknowledging the major influences and commentators of the industry.

Trimester 1 Trimester 2
DPPICC100 Camera and Capture

This subject aims to introduce students to the foundations of photo imaging and to develop comprehensive technical skills of operating a digital camera and build experience in taking pictures under a range of conditions. A percentage of time is devoted to students receiving feedback on their recently taken images and learning to give constructive criticism to their peers, enabling them to start seeing and thinking like a photographer. Students are also introduced to primary principles of moving image/video creation.

Trimester 1 Trimester 1
DPPIDI100 Digital Imaging

The purpose of this subject is to establish principles and practices for working with and enhancing digital images. This includes understanding the technical properties of images, using various software tools for managing their cataloguing, editing, processing and storage whilst employing efficient workflows. Within the subject, students will research and experiment with manipulation and enhancement strategies in the pursuit of a personal creative style that can be applied to images captured. Students will be assessed based on their editing techniques and the ability to manage digital assets.

Trimester 1 Trimester 1
DPPILL100 Light and Lighting

In this subject students are introduced to the properties of light and its evaluation, measurement and control in photo capture. Students learn basic techniques of lighting, including how to identify and manipulate the colour, quantity, and quality and direction of light. Insights into the emotive nature of lighting will be gained, giving students the skills to creatively modify and apply light in a range of studio and location settings for both Photography and video.

Trimester 1 Trimester 2
WIL100B Work Integrated Learning

This subject is designed to provide students with professional experience in an area related to their field of study or the career they are working towards. Within the framework of an industry brief in conjunction with an industry client, students will learn how to unpack a defined challenge into achievable outcomes and use this framework to guide the creative process and final deliverable.

Trimester 2 Trimester 3
MED106 Media and Documentary

This subject develops the students’ storytelling techniques in the context of editorial and social documentary photography. Students develop skills in the visual narrative as well as pitching techniques – understanding the editorial ‘audience’ as a pre-cursor to producing a documentary narrative for a proposed publication. Students gain an understanding of the needs and expectations of editorial clients as well as effective working strategies for media photographers.

Trimester 2 Trimester 5
DPPIPP100 Post-Production

In this subject the students further explore advanced digital image techniques and a suite of graphics programs related to the photo imaging industry. They will also gain extensive knowledge into colour theory and colour management workflows, and manage colour consistency from capture through to output in a digital production environment.

Trimester 2 Trimester 4
DPPIDP100 Domestic Portraiture

In this subject students explore the different types of portrait photography, looking at various approaches and techniques used in portrait photography. They will further explore advanced artificial lighting and manipulation of natural light. Students also get to plan and carry out a portraiture shoot and study the business side of professional photography including: promotion; marketing; invoicing; and client relations.

Trimester 3 Trimester 3
DPPIPR100 Professional Practice

In this subject students learn about the business of photography, freelance work and how to charge and market yourself effectively. Topics include self-promotion, strategies to run an effective sustainable business and the importance of soft-skills within the business context.

Students also research trends and emerging technologies that could affect or create opportunities within the market place; looking at ways to exploit these opportunities and build entrepreneurial attitudes to assist them.

Trimester 3 Trimester 6
DPPIFO100 Folio

In this subject students begin to develop their folio for graduation. Utilising a suitable media (e.g. print, web or video), students explore innovative ideas and options to best plan, develop and present their works to other professionals and clients. Students will have a chance to identify and explore their own personal style and engage in self-evaluation before seeking and applying feedback from industry professionals.

Trimester 3 Trimester 6
DIG104A Motion Design

This subject introduces the foundational theory and practice of motion graphic design and live action camera production. The unit introduces basic skills in concept development, asset creation, 2D animation and compositing suitable for motion graphic production. The process of developing a live action video piece is also introduced, from pre-production through to post-production, and including fundamental sound design principles. Students will gain basic skills in camera-based production including basics of lighting, sound recording and editing.

Trimester 3 Trimester 5
Subject details Recommended Study Pattern
Level 200 Core
DPPICO200 Commercial Photography

In this subject students are introduced to the main genres of commercial photography. Students considerhow to interpret, plan and execute a commercial brief in the context of a client’s needs and expectations. Building on ILL103 (Introduction to Light and Lighting) students further develop their lighting skills for a range of commercial applications.

Trimester 2 Trimester 4

Campus Locations

BBCD delivers this course at the following campus locations:

  • Sydney: Level 1, 46-52 Mountain Street, Ultimo NSW Australia 2007
  • Melbourne: 196 Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
  • Brisbane: 90 Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006
  • Online

Campus Facilities and Services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

Facilities and Services include:

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities and vending machines
  • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.

The service includes:

  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities

Success Coaches:

Our Success Coaches are industry and education experts who leverage your strengths to align your learning with your broader life purpose. With a focus on career goals, and trained in Gallup Strength methodologies, your Success Coach will take a strengths-based approach to helping you set your learning and career goals.

Partnering with you for the duration of your studies, the Success Coach is here to make sense of all of the learning experiences, including readiness for and securing of work integrated learning, placements, internships and opportunities in internal enterprises.  All of our coaches are industry professionals, which will give you that inside edge you’ll need to be successful in your chosen career.

Irrelevant of how you like to learn, our coaches are there for you.  Coaching can take place online, or on campus.  Our main priorities are to make sure that you are always well connected and motivated, that you are successfully completing your desired subjects, and that you gain valuable knowledge and experience through participation and engagement, whilst always aligning to your natural talents.

Billy Blue College of Design

at Torrens University Australia

Back in 1987 (before Photoshop existed) Sydney design agency Billy Blue Creative was looking for some fresh creative blood to work on their clients’ projects, so they took the only logical step: to open a design school.

What started as a magazine, blossomed into a design agency, then a school and now a university, created by designers for designers. Today Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is renowned for its pioneering spirit and high employability rate across a variety of design disciplines, including branded fashion, communication design, digital media design and interior design. Courses are developed by some of the industry’s best designers and lecturers who work in leading agencies.

Gain Real Industry Experience

Billy Blue enjoys a strong connection to the design industry, with opportunities to develop as a professional, work in class on real world projects and grow your own network of industry contacts and clients before you graduate.

With internships and work integrated learning programs involving live briefs, students get the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s leading design firms.

Learn in a Supportive Environment

At Billy Blue you get specialist design courses by designers for designers. Industry experts teach and mentor students, showing them the ropes with industry-relevant skills and super handy career advice.

Billy Blue lecturers don’t just teach; they act as mentors to help you achieve your goals. Committed to your success, your lecturers will work closely with you throughout your study.

Face to Face classes are kept small, with a maximum of 24 students, to ensure that you get individual attention when you need it.

In addition, you have access to industry-standard design computer labs and studio spaces, as well as a well-stocked resource centre to further enrich your learning experience.

Graduate with an Impressive Portfolio …

At Billy Blue, you develop knowledge and skills that are relevant to the industry. You also gain valuable exposure to the industry through the college’s internship program and work-integrated learning initiatives, where you have the opportunity to work on commercial projects with external clients.

You develop a network of contacts and potential clients as well as a professional-calibre portfolio – what every designer needs to land serious work.

Benefit from an award-winning track record

CATC graduates consistently place in and win prestigious design awards and competitions, including:

  • 2016 AIPP NSW Student Photographer of the year
  • 2015 Capture Magazine Emerging Wedding Photographer of the Year
  • 2015 AIPP NSW Gold Award Winner
  • 2015 AIPP NSW Silver with Distinction Award Winner (x2)
  • 2015 AIPP NSW Silver Award Winner (x4)
  • 2014 AIPP NSW Album of the Year Winner
  • 2013 AIPP NSW Silver Award Winner
  • 2013 AIPP National Silver Award Winner

Is Billy Blue College of Design well known within the design industry?

Billy Blue was created by the industry for the industry, and maintains strong industry links. All lecturers are industry practitioners, possessing inside knowledge and experience that they pass on to you.

Billy Blue students have previously interned or gained work experience with top design houses and firms, including:

  • Allen Jack + Cottier
  • Carla Zampatti

The college is respected and renowned in the industry – the clear choice for anyone seeking a career in design.

Can Billy Blue help me find work after I graduate?

The college provides you with the opportunity to seek work experience while you study, and also ensures that you graduate with a professional portfolio that can land you serious work.

Design houses and other employers regularly contact Billy Blue when looking to hire, so job opportunities may be communicated directly to you – even before you graduate.

In addition, Billy Blue hosts a graduate exhibition that is attended by top professionals in the design and advertising industries – students have been known to get calls from prospective employers following the exhibition.

A positive student experience

Torrens University values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be access from the website.

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:


Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.


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.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

FEE-HELP website

FEE-HELP booklets

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.

For full course and Billy Blue College of Design details go to the college website

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Billy Blue qualifications recognised?

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.

Is Course Credit available?

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.

Are any payment options or financial assistance available?

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.

What materials and equipment will I need to provide?

All students are required to bring a laptop to class.

Hardware minimum specs: Mac (preferred)

»      15 inch screen (preferred)

»      Retina display (suggested)

»      Mac OS X Mavericks (or more recent)

»      8GB 1600MHz RAM (minimum)

»      500GB hard drive (or higher)

»      2GB graphics processor (or higher)


»      15 inch screen (preferred)

»      Multicore Intel processor (Dual core i5 minimum) or AMD processor: 2GHz or better.

»      Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (Windows 8.1 or more recent recommended)

»      8GB of RAM (minimum)

»      500GB hard drive (or higher)

»      2GB graphics processor (or higher)

Supplementary to the above Online and Blended students will require:

»      Built in or external video camera

»      Built in or external speakers

»      Built in or external microphone


»      1TB external portable hard drive

Software requirements:

»          Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Lightroom, Acrobat Professional, InDesign, Adobe Premiere and After Effects)

»      Microsoft Office (Home and Student suite) 2010 or later version

Depending on the specialisation you choose, we might also recommend owning other specialist software.

We recommend students purchase a subscription membership with Adobe Creative Cloud (Student and Teacher Edition). We suggest the ‘Complete — Student version’, which is heavily discounted and provides full access to all Adobe applications. At time of writing, it is advertised at AU$28.59/month.

For more detail, visit Australian Adobe site:

Please Note:

Internet access is required for software activation and validation of subscription, as well as to online services.

Photographic Equipment

Students require the following equipment and materials to be able to complete the Diploma of Photography and 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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