Diploma in Professional Photography Diploma in Professional Photography

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DiplomaFull time - 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$5,945 - $6,400







Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Christchurch - Madras Street


The ability to use a camera and take photographs that capture people's imagination is a great skill to have with many employment opportunities, our programme will help you develop this expertise.

With this diploma you will develop your technical, creative understanding of design processes and specialist photographic skills through a number of projects.

You will study digital post production/prepress, technical practice, creative lighting, interactive design, digital imaging, DSLR video, all which teach you the skills required by the industry.

You need to have a DSLR digital camera, with lens and dedicated flash and tripod. It is ideal for you to have a Mac notebook with Adobe Photoshop, however the Adobe Design Suite is recommended.

Find out more about studying photography

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma 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
  • Applications will be welcomed from graduates with a tertiary qualification in photography study at Level 5 or above. Applicants without a formal photographic qualification, but with equivalent industry experience, will also be considered.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • Portfolio A portfolio of 15 professionally based images, these must include studio based pack shoots, fashion and supporting materials, external and electronic mixed lighting, examples of documentary and other genres of photography. We also require extensive evidence of preproduction and postproduction photography combined with a wide knowledge of photography in context to current practice.
  • Interview Required to discuss portfolio
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. 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.










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Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an professional photography domestic application pack or an professional photography international application pack.

If you don't meet the entry criteria for this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

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

Application documents

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme you will be qualified for positions within photographic studios, digital media companies, newspapers, stock libraries, advertising agencies, design companies and communications and public relations firms. Alternatively, you may choose to work as a freelancer in a range of photographic specialisations.

Study pathways

It is also possible to use this diploma as a foundation for further studies in the imaging intensive creative industries which includes film, video, television, graphic and interactive design and 3D modelling and animation.

Recommended school subjects

  • Design
  • Photography
  • Art
  • Graphics
  • English literacy