Photo Imaging (4448)

Last Updated: 05 May 2016

City & Guilds has made the decision to not extend the Photo Imaging qualifications any further than their current end date of this year, 31 December 2016. They will remain open to certifications from 1-3 years depending on the level.


Learn essential and specialist photography and business skills with the Higher Professional Diploma in Photo Imaging.
For a Diploma in Photo Imaging you'll ideally be working in photography or have access to a work experience setting.
The qualification is designed for anyone who's serious about a career in things like:
  • photography general
  • fashion photography
  • portraiture
  • laboratory management
  • video production.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Scotland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

Depending on which units you choose, you'll cover things like:

  • darkroom techniques
  • digital photo editing skills
  • techniques for studio, location, aerial or underwater photography
  • how to photograph for advertising, fashion or magazines
  • skills for building and improving your business.

For the Diploma in Photo Imaging, you'll learn with your training provider and apply your skills at work or in a work experience setting.

For each unit, you'll demonstrate your progress through assignments that reflect current work practices in the photographic industry - helping you gain experience and skills that are directly relevant to your career.

Is this level right for me?

Level 4
This level 4 diploma is designed for anyone already working, or wanting to work in photography.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Diploma in Photo Imaging can jump-start your career in the Photo Imaging industry. You could work in areas ranging from fashion or editorial photography, portraiture, photo laboratory management or video production.

If you're looking to run your own photo laboratory or expand your photography business, you might want to consider the Master Professional Diploma in Strategy and Development as a natural next step to the Diploma in Photo Imaging.

To expand your skills in other areas of media, including music and TV production, look at our media and photography qualifications.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

In terms of delivering Higher Level Qualifications, the emphasis is expected to be on the relationship between the content of the unit and the demands made on the individual by their existing or future job. As long as the assessment requirements of units within the Higher Level Qualifications are met tutors/lecturers can design courses of study in any way which they feel will meet the needs of their candidates as individuals.

To deliver these qualifications you will need qualified assessors - you can train internal members of staff or recruit specially.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

Assessment is by means of centre-devised assignments which should provide the opportunity for the assessment requirements of the unit to be achieved.

City & Guilds Higher Level Qualifications have been designed primarily for those in work, or with access to work experience as the specifications are vocationally relevant to the needs of the sector. In addition, given the high level of understanding and skills required of the qualification, it is likely that in order for prospective learners to cope with the demands of the programme and achieve their full potential, they will hold a photography qualification and/or have experience of working in the sector.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it. To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Level 4

Level 4 will suit you if you are working in photography or have access to a work experience setting. You may want to jump-start your career or expand your knowledge of the Photo Imaging industry.

There are 6 mandatory units:

  • Photographic image creation
  • Image management (either film recording and darkroom processes or digital recording and electronic manipulation)
  • Visual studies and photographic techniques
  • Business planning for photo imaging (double unit)
  • Photographic design and reproduction.

You also select two optional units from a wide range of units, including:

  • Scientific and photographic technical imaging
  • Photographic aerial imaging
  • Underwater photography
  • Quality management in photographic laboratories
  • Moving image production (video).

You also select an additional four units from a wide range of units, including:

  • Photography for advertising
  • Fashion photography
  • Editorial, press and public relations photography
  • Portraiture and social photography
  • Photographic laboratory management
  • Specialist darkroom practices.

 For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Diploma in Photo Imaging can jump-start your career in the Photo Imaging industry. You could work in areas ranging from fashion or editorial photography, portraiture, photo laboratory management or video production.

If you're looking to run your own photo laboratory or expand your photography business, you might want to consider the Master Professional Diploma in Strategy and Development as a natural next step to the Diploma in Photo Imaging.

To expand your skills in other areas of media, including music and TV production, look at our media and photography qualifications.

Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Photo Imaging (4448-04)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2016

Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Photo imaging - Awarded with Distinction

  • Accreditation No: 100/5698/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 480 - 480 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Photo imaging - Awarded with Merit

  • Accreditation No: 100/5698/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 480 - 480 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 Higher Professional Diploma in Photo imaging - Pass level

  • Accreditation No: 100/5698/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 480 - 480 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2019 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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