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Study Mode:
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12 months
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Course Overview

Do you have a passion for photography? Do you want to take your skills to the next level?  Then a Certificate III in Visual Arts is the perfect course to hone your skills and learn new ways to visually communicate.

This course will give you skills in photography and digital imaging, as well as teaching you design principles in capturing images and how to edit them like a pro.

The possibilities that come with a Certificate III in Visual Arts are ,amy and varied. At the end of this course, you’ll be able to seek work in areas such as:

  • Digital imaging assistant
  • Digital marketing assistant
  • Digital photographer
  • Online digital content creator
  • Online content coordinator
  • Content marketer
  • Content marketing manager assistant
  • Content curator assistant
  • Channel manager assistant
  • Content strategist
  • Designer
  • Social media content assistant
  • Event videographer/photographer

You’ll also be able to take your photography career even further by studying a Certificate IV in Visual Art or Diploma of Visual Art or Bachelor of Visual Art (not offered at TAFE Gippsland). You may also be able to apply for other courses both in higher education, private college education and VET sectors, and TAFE Gippsland will be here to help with all of those decisions if the time comes.

There has never been a more exciting time to enter the world of photography and visual arts, because after all, a picture can tell a thousand words!


Monday and Tuesday 9.00am–4.00pm

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Visual Arts (Photography).

Career Opportunities

The job roles that relate to this qualification may include Ceramics Studio Assistant, Community Theatre Assistant and Arts, Craft or Design practitioner. It also provides pathways to other visual arts, craft and design job roles. Individuals may work under direction, using some discretion and judgment, and may provide support to a team. They may also work autonomously on familiar tasks within defined work settings.

Opportunities for Further Study

Progress to higher level qualification; students may undertake and/or apply for Certificate IV in Visual Art or Diploma of Visual Art or Bachelor of Visual Art.  This may extend broadly into other courses both in higher education, private college education and VET sectors. Students should check course entry requirements for relevant courses. Completion of Certificate III in Visual Arts CUA31115 does not guarantee students a place in any subsequent course.

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

  • a subscription to Adobe Photography plan
  • a digital SLR camera with manual function and a tripod
  • minimum 2TB external hard drive


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

  • access to a digital SLR camera at home.
  • minimum 2TB external hard drive

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice
CUAPHI403 Enhance, Manipulate And Output Photo Images
CUADIG303 Produce and prepare photo images
CUADIG304 Create visual design components
CUAACD311 Produce drawings to communicate ideas
CUADES301 Explore the use of colour
CUADIG315 Produce digital images
CUAPPR311 Produce creative work
CUAPPR417 Select and prepare creative work for exhibition
CUAPPR314 Participate In Collaborative Creative Projects
BSBWHS211 Contribute to the health and safety of self and others
CUAPHI312 Capture photographic images


Not Applicable