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Fine tune your photography and digital art skills

Refine your skills and build industry contacts

Expand your conceptual skills, innovative techniques and creative talents as you prepare for employment in photographic industry. When you complete the Diploma of Photo Imaging at Chisholm Institute, you will be work ready with the specialist skills required to work as a photo imaging practitioner.
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 to create a portfolio geared towards entering the industry.
This course combines industry knowledge and practical training with a strong emphasis on innovation, technical competence and finding your photographic style. There is a focus on producing photo images for a variety of media, as well as colour management, photo lighting, social media engagement, refining digital techniques, industry engagement and producing public art projects.
Chisholm Institute’s focus is on quality facilities and links to industry partners to provide stimulating connections and strong technical and creative expertise in the photography field. The program is supported with a visiting artists program and excursions including the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and a selection of galleries throughout the year. Students are encouraged to participate in national competitions and exhibitions such as the Head On Photo Festival and the Ilford CCP Salon.
This course can pathway into the Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development.

Full time 3-4 days

Please note that, 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.

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

View some of our Photography and Photo Imaging student's work on flickr

Course code
On campus
Not available Online
Not available for International students
Full Time, 1 year. Part Time, 2 years.
Start dates
24 Feb 2020, 13 July 2020