Find your creative talents and begin a career in photography

This Qualification has been superseded and will change in 2022. You can apply for this program and will be supported to transfer into the new qualification once it becomes available.

The Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging is the perfect introduction to building the foundation skills you need as a commercial photographer or photographic artist. This course has a strong mix of both commercial and fine art subjects, developing your digital and analogue skills. You will have access to all new facilities such as our studio spaces, print room and analogue darkroom facilities gaining knowledge and practical experience in digital image capture, studio and location lighting and of the photography industry.

Our course is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and is delivered by experienced teachers who are current practitioners in their field, either running their own photographic practice and businesses or working in industry. Our teachers inspire and support our students in creating a portfolio’s in a range of styles.

Our focus is on quality facilities and links to industry partners to provide stimulating and strong technical and creative expertise in the photography field. The program is supported with workshops, excursions and industry visits including the The Ballarat International Foto Biennale and participation in national competitions such as the Head On photography festival.

Full time: 2-3 days per week

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing requirements, to continue your learning journey, this program will be delivered remotely where possible.

Participants will be required to engage with learning material online and via video conferencing software rather than attend classes.  Refer to our COVID-19 Online Service Standards for details of minimum technical requirements and support available. While it is expected that the course duration will remain unchanged, it may be necessary to extend the completion date if circumstances change. Chisholm will be monitoring the situation closely and inform of any changes if the duration of a course is extended.

Visit our Coronavirus page for up-to-date information.

If you have any queries regarding course delivery please contact our student information centre on 1300 244 746 or

Course code
Delivery location
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Full Time, 12 months.
Start dates
February 2022

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.