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New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5)

Level 5

The New Zealand Diploma in Photography Level 5 builds on the long term success of photographic training at UCOL, setting the benchmark for programmes in professional photographic imaging across New Zealand.

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Level: 5

Locations: Palmerston North, Auckland

Duration: 1 year, full time (part-time options are available)

Dates:
26 Feb 2018 - 23 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$7,308.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$20,930.00

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Focusing on the exciting diversity of contemporary professional photography, you will develop a range of creative and technical skills, gain confidence, and be a step closer to achieving your goal of working in the photographic industry. 

The New Zealand Diploma in Photography Level 5 gives you an introduction to photography as a medium to express creative ideas. Develop introductory knowledge and skills in solving visual problems through idea-generation, composition, lighting, use of equipment, image processing and presentation.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply problem-solving skills to a range of design challenges within a photographic context
  • Apply conceptual, creative and technical skills in photographic imaging
  • Apply knowledge of image making and use of technologies relevant to a range of photographic applications and genres
  • Create a range of photographic imaging works
  • Analyse and evaluate own photographic work and the work of others
  • Self-manage photographic project briefs within defined guidelines
  • Behave professionally in a photographic work environment.

Employment options include working in junior technical or assistant roles within a photography environment.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Photographers.


Education pathway

You could choose to undertake further study in the sector, including:

 Course Information

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Photography Level 5 is a one-year diploma followed by the New Zealand Diploma in Photography Level 6.

Semester 1:

Photographic Practice 1A - Solving visual problems through idea-generation, composition, lighting, use of equipment,image processing and presentation.

Digital production 1A - Introduction to skills and knowledge in communicating visual ideas, through understanding digital imaging technology. (Photoshop, Bridge and Indesign)

Semester 2:
Photographic Practice 1B - Develop knowledge and skills in solving visual problems through idea generation, composition, and lighting using digital imaging technology.

Digital production 1B - Skills and knowledge in communicating visual ideas, through understanding digital imaging technology.

Both semesters:
Photographic Communication 1C - History of photography - technological, social and political approaches. Explore cultural and artistic ideas, and identify photographic practitioners and differentiate their stylistic approaches.

Photographic Industry & Business 1C - Understanding of the professional photographic environment. Develop a broad understanding of the skill and knowledge required to operate a photographic business. Intellectual property law and the copyright act in relation to photography in a New Zealand context.

Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Diploma in Photography Level 5 supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Diploma in Photographic Imaging

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

The programme has strong industry connections in New Zealand and overseas:
  • Canon New Zealand
  • New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP)
  • AIPA (Advertising & Illustrative Photographers Association)
  • INFOCUS – The Iris Awards
  • Manawatu Standard
  • New Zealand Police Forensic Department
  • New Zealand Army
  • Te Manawa Museum
  • Palmerston North Airport
  • Horizons Palmerston North
  • BCC (Building Clever Companies), Palmerston North 

 Learning Facilities

UCOL provides students with a learning environment that enables individuals to master the craft and business of photography. Each campus contains large-scale commercial shooting studios, equipped with professional lighting systems, modification accessories, and studio props. 

Specialised equipment is available to borrow throughout your studies, including 35mm and medium format digital solutions and accessories; moving image cameras, sound recording equipment and accessories, and portable lighting systems. 

The computer suites and professional imaging work stations are furnished with Apple iMacs and up-to-date Adobe Creative Suite software, to optimize the digital workflow process. We also provide an in-house professional printing and finishing suite equipped with large format printers. 

Additionally, we have a bright and airy student lounge, lockers and a kitchenette designed to add comfort. 

 Domestic Entry Requirements

The general conditions of the New Zealand Diploma in Photography, Level 5, state learners must hold a Level 3 qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and/or knowledge.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5) comprises 120 credits.

Prospective students should understand that the New Zealand Diploma in Photography, Level 5 requires motivation, organisational skills and commitment.

Where class content is delivered on campus, a high level of attendance is recommended if students are to satisfactorily meet the learning outcomes. If a student misses a key session or significant portion of the programme, progress may be hampered. It is highly recommended that consistent attendance levels are maintained and notified key sessions are attended.

Where programme content is delivered on-line it is necessary that students maintain a high level of commitment to completing the programme content and that regular communication is maintained with lecturers.

Timetable
Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:
  • 15 hours  of lecturer supported learning in class
  • 23 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent working to complete your assignments)
Please be aware there will probably be at least one night class a week for the programme in Palmerston North and Auckland. In the case of UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5) in Auckland, classes are run over four full days a week - lecturer supported hours. In either location if you choose to do part time work, we recommend a maximum of 10 hours a week.

Application checklist

It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.


Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Diploma in Photography Level 5 of up to $587.00 dependent on the workshops you choose as follows:

  • 1TB hard drive - up to $85.00
  • x2 8GB pen drive - $26.00
  • 4 GB SD card - $20.00
  • CF 32G high speed - extreme pro memory card - $126.00
  • Equipment bond for using cameras, tripods, tablets etc outside of class time - $80.00
  • Printing - $100.00
  • Mounting boards - $60.00
  • 3M spray mount glue or double-sided tape - up to $60.00
  • x2 A4 visual diaries (may be digital) - $30.00

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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