Certificate III in Visual Arts-Photography (CUA31120)


​​​​​Benowa SHS: 30051

Qualification Description

The Certificate III in Visual Arts - Photography is a great place to begin your training as a visual artist. This qualification reflects the role of individuals who are developing a Creative Arts Field of Education and Study. 

Photography explores a range of cameras from traditional SLR through to modern Digital, combined with manual control practices and production methods. 

Design explores the basic elements and principles of design through a variety of creative projects.

Creative Practice explores a variety of media and techniques whilst developing skills working in small groups to plan and produce a number of collaborative projects.

Digital Imaging, Video and Publication introduces students to the basic tools and functions of Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro whilst publishing their project digitally.

OHS/Critical Thinking outlines health and safety considerations relevant to the visual arts and introduces students to new ideas and new ways of thinking about art.

Entry Requirements

A laptop to complete all assessments and demonstrate competency.

Provide a folio of evidence upon application to be considered for the subject. 

Duration and Location

This course is two years long. The course is delivered at Benowa SHS as part of the school timetable. 


The fee for this course is $200. 

Course Units

12 Units of competency comprising of four core units and eight elective units. 

This is a nationally recognised qualification: CUA301120 Cert III in Visual Arts – Photography units listed below:

4 x Core units
5 x Elective units A
3 x Elective units B
BSBWHS211 Contribute to health and safety of self and others
CUADIG303 - Produce and prepare photo images
CUACMP311 - Implement copyright arrangements
CUAACD311 Produce drawing to communicate ideas
CUADIG304 Create visual design components

ICTICT214 - Operate application software packages
CUAPPR311 Produce creative work
CUADIG316 - Produce video art
ICTICT215 - Operate a digital media technology package
CUARES301 Apply knowledge of history and theory to own arts practice
CUAPHI312 - Capture photographic images

CUAPHI305 - Use wet darkroom techniques to produce monochrome photographs

Refer to for specific information about the qualification.

RTO Obligation

Benowa SHS guarantees that the student will be provided with every opportunity to complete the qualification.  We do not guarantee employment upon completion of this qualification.

Students who are deemed competent in all twelve units of competency will be awarded a qualification and a record of results.  If students obtain the qualification, they will gain eight points towards their QCE.  Students who achieve at least one unit of competency (but not the full qualification) will receive a statement of attainment.

Delivery Modes

A range of delivery modes will be used during the teaching and learning of this qualification.  These include:

  • Face-to-face instruction
  • Work-based learning
  • Guided learning
  • Online training


Assessment is competency based and completed in a simulated Photography environment.  Assessment techniques include:  observations, folios of work, written and practical tasks, questioning and projects.

Work Placement

Students do not complete work placement for this unit of competency. 


The qualification has been developed while consulting with industry to ensure that students are ready for the workplace. 

This qualification may articulate into:

  • CUA40120 Certificate IV in Visual Arts 
  • Diploma qualifications
  • Degree options
  • Entry level work in the Photography Industry
Last reviewed 03 March 2022
Last updated 03 March 2022