Please note that we are no longer accepting applications for this programme. It has been replaced by the Bachelor of Creative Enterprise.
Photography and related media strongly influence our perception of cultures, people and relationships, and continue to inform, shape and challenge established world-views. Working on a series of concept-driven, student-centred briefs, you'll learn about photography within both analogue and digital frameworks. Discover all aspects of the photographic process - from pre-production (conception and research), to production (directing, lighting, and image capture on location and in the studio) and post-production (editing, processing, manipulating, printing and publishing).
- One of the best tertiary photographic programmes in New Zealand, with many of our graduates now successful, award-winning photographers.
- Studio visits, and access to a well-resourced library with significant photographic texts and journals.
- A chance to take part in an internship, professional practice and live projects in your final year.
- The opportunity to display your work in student galleries on campus and at the Grad Fest.
- Visits from guest lecturers.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.
Generic Admission Requirements
Applicants must have:
- A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, with 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from an approved subject list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects plus a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework, plus a minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; a minimum of 4 credits must be in Reading and a minimum of 4 credits must be in Writing; OR
- At least 3 ‘C’ passes in the New Zealand University Bursaries Examinations; OR
- Successful completion of the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga Level 3 with a relevant pathway, where appropriate;OR
- Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4); OR
- Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4); OR
Applicants must have:
- attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence; AND
- provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a potential successful outcome in the qualification.
In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the degree is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.
In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant’s level of preparedness for study at the required level.
English Language Admission Requirements
General English Language Requirements
Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
English language requirements for international students
Applicants must have at least ONE of the following:
a) Gained NCEA level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements;
b) Clear evidence that they satisfy one of the following criteria for existing English proficiency:
- Previous primary and secondary study in English as evidenced by completion of one of the following at schools using English as the language of instruction:
- Completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13), or
- Completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13)
- Previous tertiary study in English: clear evidence of completion of a tertiary qualification of at least three years’ duration with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.
- Achievement of the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
c) Achieved, within the preceding two years, at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below:
- NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) (Academic) (Level 4)
- An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. The IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form.
- An overall TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (essay 5 TWE) OR an overall TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 60 (writing 20)
- First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade B OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language
- Pearson Test of English PToE (Academic) with a score of 50
- City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 66.
Programme Specific Admission Requirements
To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.
To be admitted to this programme, all applicants must meet the following requirements in addition to the requirements set out in the Bachelor Generic Regulations:
- A student shall be admitted to this programme if they have completed the Unitec Certificate in Design and Visual Arts (Level 4) with an average grade of at least ‘B’ in the courses DEVS 4022, DEVS 4024 and DEVS 4026, or equivalent. A student who has completed this certificate with a lower average grade in these courses may be admitted to the programme at the discretion of the Programme Committee.
- To be admitted to this programme, a student who has completed the Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3): Whitinga, Art and Design Pathway, must also complete the Unitec Certificate in Design and Visual Arts (Level 4), or equivalent.
- To be admitted to this programme, the applicant must also meet the following requirements:
- All applicants must submit with their application evidence of their ability within their chosen major or within a variety of art, design or related media. This portfolio should comprise 15-20 reproductions of their recent best work and may be submitted as colour photographs, digital files on CD or DVD (JPEGs should be no larger than one megabytes.) or colour laser prints (no larger than A4). No originals will be accepted.
- Through these photographic reproductions applicants should attempt to indicate the variety of artistic endeavour with which they are conversant.
- Applicants may be invited to an interview as the next stage of the selection process.
Applicants under the age of 20 may be granted Discretionary Admission if they have, for example:
- A minimum total of 72 NCEA credits at Level 2 in their best of four subjects, including English, or equivalent, or
- A maximum total of 10 in New Zealand Sixth Form Certificate in their best four subjects, or a National Qualifications Framework equivalent, or
- A minimum total of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, including, but not limited to, the following subjects:
Design (Practical Art); Painting (Practical Art); Photography (Practical Art); Printmaking (Practical Art); Sculpture (Practical Art); Graphics; Technology; Art History or equivalent.
Courses and timetables
The following courses are valid for 2016. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.
|Studio Practice 5: Photography and Media Arts (DEVS7505)||30 credits (0.25 EFTS)||To engage students in individual modes of practice in accordance with established procedures and protocols appropriate to professional practice.To extend students? practical experience, skills and knowledge of principles and procedures within their chosen field of practice in order to communicate creative propositions with authority and inventiveness.|
|Studio Practice 6: Photography and Media Arts (DEVS7506)||45 credits (0.375 EFTS)||To engage students in individual modes of practice in accordance with established procedures and protocols appropriate to professional practice.To provide the student with the challenges of conducting a self-directed and in-depth exploration of a research project within the chosen field of practice, and of professionally presenting the results of that project.|
|Practice in Context 5: Photography and Media Arts (DEVS7535)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To extend and consolidate knowledge of research processes and theoretical concerns in relation to individual design/art practice. To formulate and manage a research plan that examines and critically reflects upon research methodologies within Photography and Media Arts.|
|Photographic Technologies (DACA5961)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop students’ practical and creative skills to effectively communicate their concepts and ideas through the photographic image.|
|Negotiated Studies 1 (DEVS5041)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop knowledge and skills in areas of learning which are of personal interest to the student and are considered to be relevant (directly or tangentially) to the student’s design and visual art education. To develop skills and responsibilities in designing and managing a self-directed programme of learning and enhance student awareness of the inter-relatedness of diverse areas of learning and their potential implications and influences in design and visual art.|
|Moving Image 1 (DEVS5551)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||The course develops a student’s competency in fundamental moving image techniques as well as the innovative and creative uses of moving image equipment and processes. The course consolidates a student’s awareness of various critical criteria for evaluating moving image.|
|Toi Maori - Tahi (MAOR5030)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To enable students to broaden their knowledge of Toi Maori (Maori art), through the mediums of Whakairo (Carving), Raranga (Weaving), Ta Moko (Tattooing) and Taonga Puoro (Musical Instruments).|
|Pacific Culture and Design (DACA6112)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide local and regional contexts for the study of design in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific Rim nations.|
|Service Design for Communities (DACA6113)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To broaden the exposure of students to the emerging role of design and art in the development of systems and services for communities.|
|Communication Technology for Product & Interaction (DACA6121)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To introduce students to basic Product & Interaction drafting conventions and detailing through the use of industry-relevant software.|
|Building Systems and Materials (DACA6143)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To introduce to a range of construction and sustainable systems and material including timber, steel and glass, masonry and concrete; enable students to understand the basics of building services, construction detailing, sourcing materials, model making and using environmental rating systems and third party certification systems.|
|Form Structure for Graphics Media (DACA6232)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To introduce students to form and structures used in 2D publication. The course will include the development and refinement of grid systems, typography, text- setting, page composition, layout, text and image juxtaposition.|
|Interactive Design for Web and Animation Technologies (DACA6322)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To introduce students to interactive design for both web-based and animation technologies.|
|Emerging Materials (DACA6941)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To extend the student’s knowledge of emerging materials and processes currently utilised within the contemporary crafts.|
|Digital Camera and Editing Technologies (DACA6961)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop computer skills with empahsis on current imaging software available to the photographer; to investigate techniques for image manipulation, print management of images and print formats|
|Professional Practice and Internship (DEVS6037)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide students with an understanding of cultural, ethical and professional practice issues relevant to their chosen field of practice.To develop an understanding of professional contexts with reference to self-employment and the creative industries and to contextualise such learning through establishing relevancy and connections with current industry practices.|
|Negotiated Studies 2 (DEVS6041)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To develop knowledge and skills in areas of learning which are of personal interest to the student and are considered to be relevant (directly or tangentially) to the student’s design and visual art education. To develop skills and responsibilities in designing and managing a self-directed programme of learning and enhance student awareness of the inter-relatedness of diverse areas of learning and their potential implications and influences in design and visual art.|
|Exhibition Proposal (DACA7921)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide students with knowledge of exhibition practice and provide a practical study that will build awareness of the intellectual environment that contemporary art practice operates in.|
|Advanced Research Methods (DEVS7036)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To allow opportunity and incentive for students to pursue the goals of research, to discover reliable knowledge of creative practice, and make it accessible for use in practice and education.To elucidate understanding of the principles and practices of research methodolgies that would provide a sound foundation for further study at a postgraduate level.|
|Design and Visual Arts Management and Enterprise (DEVS7037)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||To provide a framework of information and principles related to effective project management in all aspects of creative practice.To engender in students a sense of professional and ethical responsibility with an understanding of the principles and application of legal frameworks as related to intellectual property rights, product liability and ethical business practices.|
|Negotiated Studies 3 (DEVS7041)||15 credits (0.125 EFTS)||The course develops knowledge and skills in areas of learning which are of personal interest to the student and are considered to be relevant (directly or tangentially) to the student’s design and visual art education. The course enhances student awareness of the inter-relatedness of diverse areas of learning and their potential implications and influence in design and visual art.|