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Whether you want to pursue photography as a vocational career or an artistic medium, NMIT’s courses have something for you. You will learn imaging techniques and practices in both analogue and digital photography.

NMIT’s studios and darkroom provide you with an excellent opportunity to build a comprehensive folio.

Career options include:

  • professional photographer
  • digital or web-based image manipulation and design

You could also go on to further study in photography.

Industry involvement is an essential part of these courses, and study times are flexible so you can balance work commitments.

You will gain these skills and knowledge:

  • lighting techniques for studio and location
  • optics
  • small, medium and large format film camera and digital SLR camera use
  • occupational health and safety
  • traditional wet darkroom printing
  • exposure assessment and techniques
  • digital image processing and editing tools (primarily using Adobe Photoshop)
  • digital workflow systems
  • colour spaces
  • colour and file management
  • introductory graphic design

Our courses have won several national professional industry awards. You will also have the opportunity to exhibit in the NMIT Visual Arts department’s two permanent galleries, at our Preston and Fairfield campuses.

Certificate III in Visual Arts
Are you interested in a brilliant career in art and design but need a helping hand to realise your creative aspirations and career prospects? Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate III in Visual Arts is a fantastic introduction to the visual arts providing a structured program to build on your love for drawing, creating, art and design.
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Certificate IV in Photo Imaging
Develop your brilliant career! Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV and Diploma of Photo Imaging are courses recognised by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). The founding institute, NMIT, is a three-time award winner for the APPA (Australian Professional Photography Awards) Institute of the Year. You will gain practical experience in the many photographic imaging techniques and practices (both analogue and digital) currently in use.
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Certificate IV in Visual Arts
Are you envisioning a career in Visual Arts? Reveal your inner artist - challenge yourself, explore and create with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Visual Arts. This course provides grounding and also the giddy heights in visual arts, with practical studio subjects in painting, drawing, illustration, printmaking, photomedia and digital media.
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Diploma of Photo Imaging
Develop your photographic eye with a qualification recognised as one of the best in the industry. Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Photo Imaging is recognised by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and in our old guise of NMIT, a three time award winner for APPA (Australian Professional Photography Awards) Institute of the Year.
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Diploma of Visual Arts - Photomedia
Picture your successful photography career starting with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Visual Arts specialising in Photomedia. The course zooms in on the skills gained in the Certificate IV in Visual Arts. You will be encouraged to develop your own artistic style and concentrate on a portfolio for graduation in this mostly practical course.
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Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Creative Product Development is designed with input from industry to extend and deepen your creative practice after gaining a Diploma level qualification in art, design, illustration or photography or by demonstrating equivalent experience.
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Short Courses
Photography Folio Preparation
Mobile Phone Photography
Traditional Black and White Darkroom Techniques
Basic Digital Camera
Workplace Photoimaging

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