Photography Pathways

Programme details

Code BP3570
Level 3
Credits 20
Duration 16 weeks
Domestic student fee $Free fees for New Zealand residents/citizens* (per year)
Study options Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Further study New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3) New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5) New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6)
*Fees are applicable to study in 2017 and are indicative only; fees will vary depending on the courses selected, and/or course-related costs where applicable.

Programme aim

Love photography and ready to move beyond 'point and click'? Learn the tricks of the trade in this hands-on course designed to take your creative potential to the next level.

Taught in a workshop style learning environment with weekly class photo assignments, this short course works at your individual level to help you advance and extend your skills.

Content Details

You’ll learn about working with DSLR cameras, manual settings (lens choice, aperture, shutter speeds, ISO and colour temperature), and digital darkroom workflow, plus you'll get an overview of shooting high quality video on DSLR cameras.

The course covers the creative elements of photography like critical analysis of images, composition, camera angles and shooting distances, seeing like a photographer, and painting with light.

If a career as a photographer is your goal, this course will also build your knowledge around how to set up a photo shoot including an overview on art direction, choosing a location, directing the shoot, working with studio lighting, and working with models and clients.


Classes are held Tuesday nights, 4 to 9pm, plus an extra 20 hours of class which date and time to be decided by the tutor with the class

You will also be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time.

Award information

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive a - Record of Achievement in Photography Pathways (Level 3)

Entry criteria

Students need to bring their own camera

English Competency

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.

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Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017