Certificate in Digital Photography.xml Certificate in Digital Photography

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CertificateFull time - 34 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$6850 - $7000







Course related costs

Student to provide their own digital camera



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

13 January for February start




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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

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.