New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5)

Learn traditional forms of photography as well as modern digital photography. Gain a good understanding of the techniques of image production in a range of genres, and develop your creativity. Build your portfolio. There's an emphasis on the Commercial application of Photography and how it is used in the creative 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
  • Black and White film development and printmaking 
  • 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
  • Digital filmmaking 
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 criteria

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

Further study options

You can progress to the second year of the Bachelor of Creativity (Visual Arts).