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Bachelor of Design (Lens-based Media) - (Awaiting External Approval)

STARTS: February 2023
Madras Street

Gain the creative and technical skills needed to work as a professional photographer or videographer.

This degree course aims to develop you into a versatile independent artist using lens-based media. Core skills taught include design strategies, studio and location-based photography, videography, post-production and a range of photographic genres. In addition, you’ll choose three courses from a range of electives which will enable you to develop complementary skills in particular areas of interest.

As well as studio courses, you’ll complete a group of core courses in academic subjects. These include both professional and contextual studies which will equip you with developed communication skills, a background in the history and sociology of creative practices, insights into contemporary professional ethics and some business skills.

To undertake this degree, you’ll need to have a DSLR camera with a lens, tripod and dedicated flash. It’s recommended that you also have a Mac Notebook with Adobe Photoshop and the Adobe Design Suite.

Please note: This degree is currently undergoing its regulatory five-yearly review. Courses may change slightly once the review is approved. This will not affect your enrolment status.

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,221 - $8,034 per year
International Fee
$23,656 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year

University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and:

  • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing,
  • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

OR a qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework at Level 4 or above in a related discipline.

Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same

* NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Additional requirements include a written statement and a portfolio of work

You may be required to attend an interview if there are any questions raised by your portfolio or written statement.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

  • If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
  • Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Programme selection committees will ensure that the selection process is consistent across the five specialisations of the degree

These committees review applications received to determine which may be accepted immediately, and draw up a list of candidates that may require an interview

The committees also establish criteria and a marking schedule by which all candidates are assessed

The selection committees are made up of tutors from the specialisations

Selection is designed to assess potential for a successful career in a design-related industry and is based on:

  • portfolio material
  • written statement
  • interview (if required)

Those who are not initially accepted but who meet the standard are waitlisted in order of ranking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Core courses
 
Elective courses

Career opportunities

Opportunities for graduate of this programme include:

  • freelance photographer
  • studio assistant/ second camera
  • independent creative practitioner
  • photography retailer
  • marketing assistant

Study pathways

Graduates can enrol in a wide range of programmes, including:

  • Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) (Wintec)
  • MFA (University of Canterbury)
  • PGDipFA (Massey)
  • PostGrad Diploma in Art and Design (AUT)

Recommended school subjects

  • Design
  • Photography
  • Art
  • Graphics
  • English or English-rich subjects
  • Art history

Bachelor of Design (Lens-based Media) - (Awaiting External Approval)

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

Gain the creative and technical skills needed to work as a professional photographer or videographer.

Information
Type Degree
Code CH3756
Next Starts February 2023
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 360
Level 7
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH3756-LENS

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,221 - $8,034 per year
International Fee
$23,656 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
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Lens-Based Media - Bachelor of Design - Yr 1 - Feb 2023 - Christchurch
Start date: 27 February 2023
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Additional Entry Requirements

Additional requirements include a written statement and a portfolio of work

You may be required to attend an interview if there are any questions raised by your portfolio or written statement.

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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