Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Photography and Media Arts)

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7, 360 3.0
Full-time for three years
Starts February
45 places
Applications will be considered in the date order they are received
Mt Albert campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 27 June; Semester 2: 21 July - 21 November

NZ$5878 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Want to capture the world through a lens? Learn how to conceive, direct and light images. Work in our state-of-the-art facilities, display your work in student galleries and at the Unitec Grad Show, and engage with photography and media arts professionals.

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.


Portfolio requirements

You must upload a digital portfolio of work with your online application.

If you can’t upload your portfolio please email a PDF file to and we will attach it to your application.

Alternatively, bring your PDF file to your nearest Student Central and we will scan and attach it to your application.

What to include

Your portfolio must include 10 - 15 images of your work, each labelled with the size, media and date the work was made. It must be an A4 size PDF document and not exceed 60MB in total.

Your images could include (but are not limited) to:

  • Your bursary board or similar year 12 or 13 work.
  • Other drawings, photographs or three-dimensional models.
  • Drawing with an emphasis on observational skills and/or personal expression.
  • Photography with an emphasis on visual skills and technique.
  • Art/design project work.
  • Sketches or notebook pages illustrating visual art/ design concepts.
  • Art/design related work from another discipline, for example jewellery or craft.
  • Images that demonstrates a visual narrative or sequence.
  • Group work you’ve been involved in (including a description of your involvement and contribution to the finished result).

Need some help?

Follow our portfolio hints and tips on what to include, what not to include and how to lay it all out.

Last edited: 05 September 2013