Certificate in Digital Photography.xml Certificate in Digital Photography

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Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

NCEA Level 2. If English is not your first language, IELTS 5.5 (no lower than 5.0 in any band).

Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

Detailed requirements

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Duration

The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

Tuition Fees

Student fees

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Student Success

Successful course completion -

The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

National Graduates Outcomes

3 years after completion

Earnings -

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The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. The upper and lower quartile values represent the one quarter point and three quarters point for earnings. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.

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Content

The Certificate in Digital Photography is about giving your photographic aspirations a flying start. Turn your hobby or creative talents into a career you'll love. Photography is an increasingly profitable and interesting career choice that can lead to employment in many dynamic industries around the world.

This programme will give you a fantastic grounding in digital photography skills. Our campus studios and editing suite utilise industry-standard equipment and digital editing software. Assignments include excursions to distinctive and stunning locations within the South Island and you are encouraged to explore further afield.

During this programme you will learn the techniques and skills required to produce memorable and attention-grabbing imagery by specialising in digital imagery and manipulation. This is a great starting point for a photographic career but can also be used as a launch pad into any of the other photography programmes.

This programme covers:

  • History of photography
  • Digital workflow
  • Elements and composition of photography
  • Specialist techniques.
  • Personal guided project
  • Video techniques and moving image
  • Studio photography
  • Portraiture
  • Business of Photography

Find out more about studying photography

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 2

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

5.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.0

READING

5.0

WRITING

5.0

LISTENING

5.0
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PROGRAMME CODE: AO3177
LEVEL: 5
CREDITS: 120
COMMENCES: February
APPLICATION DUE:
Domestic: Received all year
International: 13 January for February start
ANNUAL FEES:
Domestic: $6850 - $7000
International: $20,350
LOCATION: Timaru
ADDITIONAL COSTS: Student to provide their own digital camera

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

Career opportunities include photographer or photographic assistant in commercial studios, newspapers, retail camera companies, processing labs or the tourism industry.

Study pathways

Graduates from this programme could apply for entry to the Ara Bachelor of Design (Photography) with Recognition of Prior Learning.