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Photography and Media Arts

Photographers work in all sorts of environments and use their creativity to come up with ideas for photoshoots and compositions. People, places, events and occasions, photographers capture a moment in time and tell stories through their images. Study photography and you’ll learn how to think creatively as well as developing the technical skills to use range of equipment and editing software.

Explore your options

Study photography and media and you’ll quickly learn what a big influence it has on our perception of cultures, people and relationships.

Unitec’s photography degree is one of the best tertiary photographic programmes in New Zealand. You’ll learn how to compose, direct and light images using industry-standard equipment.

Studio practice is a big part of the programme and you’ll use the digital labs, darkrooms and studios to develop your creative ideas and technical skills. You’ll be guided by our expert staff and inspired by guest speakers.

Choose the photography degree or diploma and you could take part in an internship or professional work experience. You’ll also get to show off your hard work in the campus galleries and at the end of year graduate show.

With all this great experience, it’s no wonder our graduates go on to win awards like the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Award.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS START DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level. February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Art and Design 4 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available. This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in art and design in creative industries February or July
Bachelor of Creative Enterprise 7 Three years full-time or six years part-time Artist, Photographer, Graphic designer, Product designer, Motion graphics designer, Digital producer February or July
Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Practice 8 Six months full-time or one year part-time Director, Experience designer, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Product designer, Production designer, Performance designer, Sculptor, Service designer, Visual communicator, Visual artist, This programme provides an ongoing qualification for teachers or trainers of adults, who are already working in this field. February or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice 8 Full-time for one year or part-time for two years Artist, Creative director, Curator, Digital artist, Director, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Visual artist February or July
Master of Creative Practice 9 Full-time for 18 months or part-time for three years Artist, Art director, Product designer, Graphic designer, Director, Photographer, Experience designer, Producer, Production designer, Sculptor, Visual artist, Performance designer, Service designer, Curator, Actor for theatre, film and television, Choreographer, Filmmaker February or July

Facilities

Study photography and media arts and you’ll have access to the latest computer software including Adobe Master Collection Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom - the leading photographic management programme used by professional photographers to manage their workflow. You’ll bring your own digital SLR camera, but we will provide access to state of the art professional equipment including Hasselblad scanners, Mamiya RZ67 medium format cameras (some with Hasselblad digital backs), Epson large format printers, 4x5 and 10x8 cameras and a 10x8 enlarger.

Our four professionally equipped photographic studios have Elinchrom lighting and are perfect for working on assignments and your own projects. If you’re using film there are 40 darkroom stations, and if you’re using digital there are plenty of Apple Macs to go round. And to make sure you get maximum practical experience, there’s a full range of equipment for loan too.

And because we understand that great ideas can come at odd hours, you can access the computer suites, darkrooms and photographic studios over extended hours, seven days a week, for most of the academic year.