CPIT poised to offer new design degrees

CPIT poised to offer new design degrees

CPIT is finalising the introduction of two new degree courses for next year in photography and fashion. 

Pending NZQA New Zealand Qualifications Authorityapproval, the bachelor courses would start in 2016, CPIT Art and Design manager Bruce Russell said. These would be called the Bachelor of Design (Photography) and the Bachelor of Design (Fashion Technology and Design). CPIT currently offers two-year diploma-level study in these areas.

The proposed move to a photography degree course was in response to students' wishes to extend their studies into a third year, Russell said.

"This gives them more time for self-directed project work, and building really great depth in their portfolios."

CPIT recorded the best ever medal haul at the recent New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers annual competition, the institute's Art and Design photography tutor Stefan Roberts said.

"Our expectation is that we will win even more photographic awards in the future because our students will have another year to develop ideas and hone their skills."

CPIT photographic students brought home two golds, three silvers and 19 bronze medals from the awards held in Queenstown last month.

CPIT's Fashion programme leader Niki Chrisp said a degree-level course would make students even more attractive for job placements in the highly-competitive creative industries.