DegreeFull-time, 3 years
Domestic Applications due
|Received all year|
International Applications due
|Christchurch - Madras Street|
Domestic$6,830 - $7,540
Course related costs
About this programme
Become an accomplished photographer, capable of working across a diverse spectrum of disciplines.
This programme aims to develop the student as an 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 them to develop complementary skills in particular areas of interest.
As well as studio courses, students complete a group of core courses in academic subjects. These include both professional and contextual studies, which will give them developed communication skills, a background in the history and sociology of creative practices, insights into contemporary professional ethics and some business skills.
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 and the Adobe Design Suite is recommended.
Opportunities for graduate of this programme include:
- freelance photographer
- studio assistant/ second camera
- independent creative practitioner
- photography retailer
- marketing assistant
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
- English or English-rich subjects
- Art history
To complete this Degree you are required to complete 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.
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.
New Zealand 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 and
- Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)
New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)
New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4)
New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4)
New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Media (Level 5)
New Zealand Diploma in Digital Design (Level 5), or equivalent
If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.
* NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/
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. Contact Ara for advice.
In addition you need to:
- Provide a written statement. You are required to answer three set questions based on your portfolio and future aspirations.
- Present a portfolio demonstrating your art/design work with your application. The portfolio should comprise 16 photographs of visual work including art, graphic or design work in any media giving clear evidence of your ability to generate ideas and concepts towards a specific purpose. Drawing (process, descriptive or imaginative), composition, and technical skills will be given special consideration.
- You may be required to attend an interview if there are any questions raised by your portfolio or written statement.
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 REQUIREMENTS
When there are limited spaces available we follow a selection process ranking applicants based on your application. Waitlisting is also available for this programme.
To apply for this programme please:
- Complete the Admission and Enrolment Form and submit this with the other application requirements.
If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.
Your on-the-job experience may count towards part or even all of this qualification. To learn more, contact our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) .
If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.
Contextual Studies 1
Design Principles - Photography
Humanity as Subject 1
Introduction to the Studio
Technical Skills: Photography
The Alternative Image
Ways of Seeing - Photography
Book Art Elective
Content Management Elective
Contextual Studies 2
Figure Drawing Elective
Humanity as Subject 2: Studio and Location
Introduction to Screen Printing Elective
Spatial Design Elective
The Construction of Meaning
The Moving Image