Styling for Food Photography - Level 1


Participants will learn about the basics of food styling for photography and tips and tricks to preparing food for the ideal shot. A range of food themes will be investigated with styling and props to suit various themes. Displays will be created using bays, props and tables. You will learn basic presentation skills and be guided through the process of taking great shots. The focus of this course is on the role of the stylist and not the photography. However, you are encouraged to take your own digital images throughout the course of your set-ups exploring viewpoints and angles.

Course content

  • Overview of the Food Industry
  • Brief through to completed job
  • Food styling - tricks of the trade
  • Table dressing for events
  • Basic presentation skills for preparing for a shoot
  • Prop research and sourcing methods
  • Food styling kit and tools of the trade highlighted
  • Photography basics will be discussed
  • Studio shoot

Ideal for

This course is suited to anyone who would like to:

  • Personally publish their own recipe collection
  • Create their own professional portfolio; and/or
  • Explore other forms of artistry, including culinary art
  • Food industry professionals
  • Food lovers
  • Social media users - bloggers / instagram / pinterest
  • Photographers
  • Stylists

Important Information

The course will be held at three locations at City Campus:

1. Classroom

2. Creative Studio

3. Photographic Studio

4. Mood boards will be explored.

Students will walk away with one final hero food image from the course, professionally photographed by the in-house RMIT Photographer.

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Participants gain insight into food styling profession and gain understanding of food styling tips and tricks, and how to apply them.


Knowledge of food is beneficial, however, not essential.

Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are included.

Materials to bring

Throughout the course students will need access to food/design magazines, cookbooks and Digital Camera. A list of suggested materials will be given at commencement of class.


Participants will be awarded an RMIT Statement of Participation.

Additional notes

Teacher - Olivia Sparks

Olivia is a stylist in interiors, fashion, food and lifestyles, with many years of industry experience. Her tertiary studies were in business initially, and then creative study pursuits followed at RMIT University. Being a past student as well as working as a student mentor over many years, particularly to Interior Design and Decoration students and Visual Merchandising students, have assisted Olivia’s understanding of the education sector and the student community.

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Available course dates

Monday 19 August 2019

  • Code S320172
  • Start date 19.08.19
  • End date 23.09.19
  • Hours 18
  • Campus Carlton
  • Fee $560.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Mon 19.08.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 26.08.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 02.09.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 09.09.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 16.09.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 23.09.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00

Monday 11 November 2019

  • Code S320172
  • Start date 11.11.19
  • End date 16.12.19
  • Hours 18
  • Campus Carlton
  • Fee $560.00
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Session  Start  End Hours
Mon 11.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 18.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 25.11.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 02.12.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 09.12.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00
Mon 16.12.19 06:00pm 09:00pm 3.00

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