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Advanced Diploma in Photography - Melbourne

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Advanced Diploma in Photography - Melbourne

Course Dates

Next Intake - Day 8 FEBRUARY 2019 | FRIDAY
Next Intake - Evening 27 FEBRUARY 2019 | WEDNESDAY


Four years part time
Two semesters per year


Face to face
With online learning support

Course Codes

Accreditation 10281NAT

Career Outlook & Pathway

Photographer: Fashion, Commercial, Corporate, Editorial, Photojournalist, Videographer, Studio Manager, Image Production Manager, Pathway to Bachelor of Photography

Advanced Diploma in Photography - Melbourne

Advanced Diploma in Photography - Melbourne

For students wanting to turn their passion into a career, there is the option to undertake our unique and innovative part time Advanced Diploma of Photography (10281NAT) course. This qualification is based in Melbourne and designed to produce professional photographer graduates ready for a career in the photography industry, with access to PSC’s forty plus years of networks and experience.

Studying in our  part-time diploma in photography comprises two semesters per year for four years. However, the flexibility is also available for students to work at a lesser load and extend this course over a longer duration should that suit their circumstances better. As per the Certificate courses, you can choose between evening or day sessions, usually scheduled over one or two 3 hour classes per week.

Stage 1 Pro Certificate

The Pro Certificate course is the equivalent to the first year of the Advanced Diploma. By completing the Pro Certificate you have completed the first year of the unique Advanced Diploma of Photography course.

Stage 2

This level of your diploma in photography extends your techniques and creative abilities as you  find a visual language and direction in your work. Practical hands-on classes in studio photography explore studio lighting, equipment and working collaboratively. Professional workflow and post-production are built on, as is the importance of the photographic print.

Stage 3

This year integrates your visual, technical and post-production skill sets to produce more sophisticated photographic images. Refining your personal style through creative folios, you focus on becoming a more independent learner. You also undertake external client-based projects working to a specific brief and deadline, enabling you to become adaptable in your approaches and gain real-world insights.

Stage 4 (major specialisation selecting commercial photography, art photography or photojournalism)

At this level of your diploma, you are in the final stages of preparing for your professional photography career by selecting a major specialisation, either commercial photography, photojournalism or art photography. You become immersed in the professional photography industry, establishing a career direction through your own practice, industry awards and industry networks. You continue the transition from student to photographer though your mentor relationship and build skills in the business of professional photography. The focus is on building a professional and independent work style, while emphasising the working realities of the industry.


You will select a major in either commercial photography, photojournalism or art photography.



This major requires students to give voice to their own ideas and develop an artistic premise for their work. Students will develop a critical awareness of the practices of current art photography and art practice, and integrate research based on contemporary social theories and historical contexts into their own work.



This major includes students who want to specialise in fashion, advertising, architectural, food, portrait, product or wedding photography. The program is designed to produce commercial photographers who are socially and ethically responsible and capable of taking on leading roles in the industry.



This major is for students who love to communicate with people, to traverse cultural barriers and continental borders and want to harness the power of photography to communicate a story. The program enables students to combine the theory and practice of photojournalism/editorial/social documentary photography in a socially and ethically responsible way. Students will be required to become proficient in diverse media platforms.



PSC is a community of experienced practitioners and educators with national and international profiles in the areas of documentary, photojournalism, art, commercial photography, photobook publishing, curation and photographic theory.


Entry Requirement

Adults employed in the photography industry seeking a formal qualification; adults seeking to up-skill their photography practice and qualifications, adults seeking a career change, adults returning to the workforce and adults who just want to take great photos! Direct entry for Year 12; recently completed Year 12 students with some workplace experience.

Application Procedure

Contact the College to arrange an interview with our Communications and Student Coordinator, or apply online.

  • Have you read our Course Guide?
  • Have you connected with the Communications and Student Coordinator?
  • Have you filled out the enrolment form?

Tuition Fees
& Enrolment

Fee Information
  • Upfront Discount Payment Option: $5,800 for the year, ($550 deposit on enrolment and balance of $5,250 due in 7 days), or
  • Our Easy Monthly Payment Plan: $6,100 for the year, ($550 deposit on enrolment and 10 monthly payments of $555)