Develop knowledge and skills for a career in photography. Gain a good understanding of the techniques of image production in a range of genres, and develop your creativity.

This one-year programme replaces the previous six-month practical and advanced certificates in photography. It provides a solid grounding in photographic technique and pathways into the second year of the Bachelor of Creativity (Visual Arts).

Programme Outline

This programme consists of seven courses, taught over one full-time year. Areas covered include:

Introduction to image-making
  • SLR Camera and lenses
  • Awareness of light 
  • Basic image production skills
  • The history of photography
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Aotearoa New Zealand context
  • Research and evaluation skills
The studio
  • Exploration of studio photography
  • Use of SLR cameras in the studio
  • Flash and tungsten lighting
  • Set-building, shot planning, and making/using props
Digital photographic processes
  • Digital image capture and file management
  • Use of software for image enhancement, manipulation and special effects
  • Colour management and output
Context in practice
  • Development of contextual thinking as part of working practice
  • Photographic experiments that use contextual elements
  • Intro to legal issues and business matters such as pricing
Illustrative photography
  • Development of creative skills in responding to a range of project briefs, using a range of photographic technologies
  • Managing project briefs
  • Professional behaviour and values
Photographic vision
  • A final portfolio of work that includes personal and professional exploration

Students are required to provide their own 35mm digital SLR fully manual camera, with specified lenses and a manually operable flash and wireless trigger.

Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 3 qualification or equivalent skills and/or knowledge

International students

Proven equivalence to requirements plus International Entry IELTS 5.5 (no band below 5.0), or equivalent


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