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Bachelor of Design (Photography)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
3 years
Start date: 28-February-2022
Campus:
Ara Institute of Canterbury
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Course details

Summary

Become an accomplished photographer, capable of working across a diverse spectrum of disciplines.

This programme aims to develop the student as an independent artist using lens-based media. Core skills taught include design strategies, studio and location-based photography, videography, post-production, and a range of photographic genres. In addition you'll choose three courses from a range of electives, which will enable them to develop complementary skills in particular areas of interest.

As well as studio courses, students complete a group of core courses in academic subjects. These include both professional and contextual studies, which will give them developed communication skills, a background in the history and sociology of creative practices, insights into contemporary professional ethics and some business skills.

You need to have a DSLR digital camera, with lens and dedicated flash and tripod. It is ideal for you to have a Mac notebook with Adobe Photoshop and the Adobe Design Suite is recommended.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Opportunities for graduate of this programme include:

  • freelance photographer
  • studio assistant/ second camera
  • independent creative practitioner
  • photography retailer
  • marketing assistant

STUDY PATHWAYS

Graduates can enrol in a wide range of programmes, including:

  • Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) (Wintec)
  • MFA (University of Canterbury)
  • PGDipFA (Massey)
  • PostGrad Diploma in Art and Design (AUT)

Entry criteria

University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and:

Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing,

Numeracy* - 14 credits at Level 1 or above

OR New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Media (Level 5)

OR New Zealand Diploma in Digital Design (Level 5), or equivalent

OR New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media Design (Level 4)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4)

Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same

* NZQA approved subjects

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

IELTS test - Academic score 6.0 (SPEAKING - 5.5; READING - 5.5; WRITING - 5.5; LISTENING - 5.5)

TOEFL (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 60 or higher (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill

PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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