Throughout the course you will develop your technical and conceptual skills, allowing you to explore which photographic direction you want to pursue and how to apply this to launch a successful career.

By the end of the Diploma of Photo Imaging course at Torrens University Australia you will have the skills, knowledge and practical experience needed to start your own photography business or land a great job in a photography studio or agency. Career opportunities may include a Photographer or Assistant Photographer in genres such as: Commercial Photography (for traditional and online media), Advertising/Editorial News and Documentary, Photojournalism, Fashion, Product, Architecture and Interiors, Automotive, Beauty, Wedding, Food, Portrait, Creative Arts, Technician and Photo Editing.

As an accredited Higher Education qualification, the Diploma of Photo Imaging can also be used as a platform for further specialised study at Bachelor level.

Throughout the course you will:

  • Gain practical skills using software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Premiere, as well as equipment like DSLR cameras, studio lighting, video rigs and more;
  • Have the opportunity to identify and explore your own personal style and build a professional portfolio;
  • Be able to book studio spaces outside class hours, so you can refine your skills and experiment with different techniques.
  • 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.

Learning under lecturers who are professional practising photographers, Diploma of Photo Imaging students will be exposed to the latest photographic practices and styles and will complete assessment tasks grounded in industry practice.

You will graduate as a curious, independent thinker with essential workplace skills that enable you to conduct research and solve problems in photography. Our graduates are taught to stay hungry for knowledge and to continue experimenting with photography in different ways.

Build skills and a professional portfolio

The Diploma of Photo Imaging provides graduates with technical, creative and conceptual skills. Students also have the opportunity to produce a professional portfolio of work, which will help with gaining employment and finding clients.

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.

Career Opportunities

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Motion Design
  • Folio
  • Career Preparation
  • Domestic Portraiture
  • Media and Documentary
  • Digital Imaging

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements (All students):

Year 12 equivalent

Special Entry Requirements (All students):

  • 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).
CRICOS: 094246M

Living costs

  • Melbourne, Australia

    1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs
  • Sydney, Australia

    1882 - 3550 AUD/month
    Living Costs
  • Brisbane, Australia

    1402 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Torrens offers limited number of Scholarships each trimester. 

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