Course Outline: What You Will Cover

The ICI photography course has been designed in consultation with the photography industry and teaches you the skills that you need to succeed quickly and conveniently. Course units include:

  • Introduction to Photography
2The Camera
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • Film Speed
3Picture Building
  • Composition
  • Golden Mean
  • Colour
  • Contrast
  • Saturation
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Directional lighting
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Silhouettes
5Advanced Composition
  • Creating Emphasis
  • Texture
  • Reflection
  • Black and White
6Photographic Style
  • Nature
  • Abstract
  • Still life
  • Portrait
  • Landscape and Meaning
  • Creating a Visual Language
  • Promoting Yourself as a Photographer

How Will You Benefit?


  • Fast track your career in photography
  • Learn the inside secrets of how to become a pro in months not years!
  • Study a photography course that was designed in conjunction with the photography industry
  • Free up valuable time, don’t waste time and money travelling to classes
  • Study at your own pace whenever and wherever you are
  • Have access to a tutor
  • Easy interest-free payment plans from as low as $49 per week
  • Exciting, diverse projects
  • Meet interesting people from all walks of life
  • Travel opportunities

Start reaping the benefits by enrolling today!

Career Prospects

One of the most exciting aspects of photography is the variety of jobs available in the field, ranging from highly specialized, technical work to jobs that require creativity.

As a graduate of photography, you will find yourself in such areas as:


  • Press photography (also known as news photojournalism)
  • Feature photography
  • Editorial photography
  • Commercial / Industrial photography
  • Portrait / wedding photography
  • Advertising photography
  • Fashion photography
  • Digital photography
  • Nature and Wildlife Photography
  • Forensic Photography
  • Freelancing photographer.

Here are some reasons why photography may be just the career you’re looking for:

1. Photographers Can Earn High Profits


Do you know that photographers make very good money? The minimum rates for freelance photographers, as approved by the Australian Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, are as follows:

These are just minimum rates set by the Australian Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance. A photographer can charge as much as their clients are willing to pay. You can charge from $1,000 to $4,000 for a wedding, $1,500 a day (or more) for commercial (business) photography, and $1,200 a day for portrait photography. How many people do you personally know who earn between $1,000 and $4,000 a day?

Rate By TimeRate By Photograph
Per day$784.00Cover Photo$700.00
Half day (2/3 day rate)$522.00Full Page Photo$391.00
Per hour$196.00Half Page Photo$266.00;
Research (per hour)$148.00Single Column Photo$186.00
2. A Photography Business Has Low Start-up Costs

All you need to start is a basic camera with manual controls (film or digital) that you probably already own, could easily buy (new or second hand), or could borrow or hire. You also need a phone and some basic office stationery. You don’t need your own studio or darkroom. Studios and darkrooms are available for hire, if or when you need them, and you can bill the hire costs straight back to your client.

3. You Can Work From Home

You don’t need a shop front to be a professional photographer. You can run your business from a spare room or even from your kitchen table. You can easily mix a home-based photography business with study, raising a family, or a full-time or part-time job.

4. You’ll Be Your Own Boss

Imagine it. You’re the boss. All the profits belong to you. You set your prices, your hours, your work schedule and your assignments. There’s no limit to your income apart from your time and how much effort you put into it. You can work part-time, full-time or as many hours as you like. The choice is yours.


5. Your Photos Will Enjoy A Large Demand

There is a huge, worldwide demand for good photographs. Companies are outsourcing all their non-core functions, and they can’t afford to employ permanent, in-house photographers. Instead, they hire professional photographers as needed. The market for photographers keeps on growing.

Good photographers are in very high demand and customers will continually search for your services. Good photographers can “pick and choose” their jobs. They might refuse a 1-day, $2,000 wedding assignment. They’ll just say, “Sorry, but I don’t do weddings”. Imagine that? When was the last time you refused a 1-day, $2,000 job? Imagine being in a position like that?

You can take photographs for:
Advertising AgenciesGalleriesRegional Newspapers
Australian MagazinesGraphic DesignersShops and Restaurants
Book PublishersInternational MagazinesSports Organisations
Businesses (Small, Medium and Large)JournalsStock Libraries
Clubs And AssociationsLocal NewspapersTravel And Tourism Industry
ChristeningsParties And FunctionsWeb Designers and Web Sites
EngagementsPhoto LibrariesWeddings
Family and Pet PortraitsPostcard and calendar publishers100s more!
6. You’ll Meet Lots Of Interesting People

You can rub elbows with the rich, the famous and the powerful: fashion models, actors, actresses, local and international celebrities, successful business people, politicians and authors. Photography provides instant introductions to very powerful and influential people. Being a photographer opens doors. Imagine the interesting stories you could share with friends, family, or people you meet socially. Or, if you like meeting ordinary people, then you can specialize in portrait, wedding and function photography.

7. Photography Offers An Amazing Amount Of Variety

Let’s face it. Most jobs are boring. You do the same old thing every day, every week, every month, every year. You look forward to holidays just so you can do something different. Something interesting. Photography offers a huge amount of variety. In the morning, you could be photographing food for a shop or a restaurant. In the afternoon, you could be photographing a basketball game. And the next day, you could be photographing a wedding or a function. Photography makes every other job look outright dull and boring.

8. You’ll Enjoy Prestige And Respect

Television and movies present photographers as attractive, admired, smart men and women living adventurous, glamorous and exciting lives. Photographers are respected for their high level of artistic skill and technical knowledge. If anyone asks you what you do for a living, you can answer with confidence, “I’m a professional photographer”. People will assume you’re smart, wealthy, and highly creative.

9. Photography Offers An Equal Opportunity Playing Field

It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter what sex you are. It doesn’t matter what race you are. It doesn’t matter what you look like. It doesn’t matter what jobs you’ve had in the past. There are no formal educational requirements for becoming a professional photographer. There are no formal licensing requirements for opening a photography business. It’s open to anyone with ambition and a desire to be successful.

10. Photography Is Relatively Easy Work

A common belief is that photographers need to shoot absolutely stunning, artistic, prize-winning photographs to make good money. This is not true. Your photographs must be very good, but they don’t need to be absolutely perfect. And it’s not hard, backbreaking work either. All that’s involved is the ability to communicate with people and take good photographs. What a job!

    • Model / Glamour photography
    • Fashion photography
    • Wedding photography
    • Celebrity photography
    • Portrait photography
    • Travel and tourism photography
    • Sports photography
    • Product and advertising photography

Course Levels Explained

ICI Certificate

This course leads to the awarding of an ICI Certificate of Photography. ICI Certificate level courses recognise the graduates capacity for initiative and judgment across a broad range of technical and management functions. Certificate holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organising others in the workplace.


There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into any course level. Graduates can expect higher course levels to result in higher potential salary, positions and skill capabilities.

Course Length

The average time within which students complete studies is:

ICI Certificate Level24 weeks

ICI courses allow you to study at your own pace with no assignment deadlines. This means that you determine the pace of the course and within which time period you will ultimately complete your studies in.

  • Completing your course with ICI is flexible as you can fast-track and graduate in a matter of months. You complete activities and submit assignments whenever you are ready.
  • The maximum time given to complete a program is three years.

Study Mode: Online Learning

This entire course is carried out via Distance Learning (also known as correspondence learning). Distance learning is ideal if you need to adapt around work, family, or other commitments. It is also extremely beneficial should you simply wish to fast track your studies (and career) and not be locked into a timetable.

Our course content and learning experience ensure that your course is relevant and interesting. Learning, tutorial assistance and assessments take place whenever and wherever you are in the country or world. It takes place at your own pace on your own terms to fit your lifestyle. As an ICI student, you’ll never endure a pop quiz, spend countless hours and hundreds of dollars travelling, and never be late with an assignment or for class.

Recognition & Accreditation


This course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC) and the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC). ICI courses are not AQF qualifications. ICI is an independent global awarding body that develops and administers career-related curriculum and training programs. When you graduate from an ICI training program you join ICI graduates in over one hundred and fifty countries around the world.

The courses offered by ICI are written by industry professionals and will assist in fast-tracking you into the new career of your choice.

The following is a partial list of companies and government departments which have enrolled or sponsored staff into ICI courses:
  • Department of Defence
  • State of Queensland
  • Department of Tourism, Regional Development & Industry
  • Department of Employment, Economic Development & Innovation
  • Revenue SA (State of South Australia)
  • Metcash Trading Ltd Australia (IGA)
  • Navman Technologies
  • Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane
  • Employment Directions Network / Department of Education & Training
  • Queensland Compensation
  • Calvin Klein
  • John Paul College
  • Darwin International Airport
  • Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • HSBC
  • American Express
  • Clayton UTZ
  • Hennikers Solicitors
  • Villari Lawyers
  • UnitingCare
  • Aviva Australia Holdings,
  • Uniting Care Institute of Family Practice
  • Federal Workplace Authority
  • Centacare Employment Group
  • Mission Australia
  • MAX Employment
  • Gunnebo Australia (Security)
  • Brookfield Multiplex
  • Coca-Cola Amitil
  • Coles Myer Ltd

Already in the Profession or Industry?

This course and qualification is a great way of consolidating existing knowledge via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), updating your industry skills and contributing towards your professional development. It is also one of the most practical steps you can take towards working towards gaining a promotion or better-paid position.

Course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction as long as the course is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

What Do I Get?

All materials essential for course completion are included in the cost of the course fee. Upon enrolment, students receive:

  • All required study materials and course notes
  • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
  • A tutor who will service all of your course and career questions and guidance needs.

On successful completion of the course you will receive:

  • A graduation certificate officially recognizing your successful completion of studies and qualifications as a photographer
  • Transcripts indicating units completed
  • Letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
  • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification. For example: John Smith, DipPhotog
  • Job search assistance: Graduate Career Services Program (Click to learn more).

Cut Off Date

Friday, 10th February 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish. Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

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How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.