You must have started off as the preferred photographer at all family get-togethers, won compliments for the amazing stills you have posted on your Facebook and Orkut pages, or participated in many national competitions in photography with great success. This and your keenness to make it your profession might have made you contemplate getting a technical qualification in this art.
If you haven’t decided where to study photography as yet, it’s worth considering doing it abroad- in New Zealand to be precise!
Institutes in New Zealand offer accredited photography courses to international students at various study levels like diploma, certificate and bachelors. Besides, the international exposure you will get in the global trends in still photography and the chance to capture the picturesque countryside in New Zealand is definitely worth your efforts!
What the courses teach you
The programmes offered by various institutes and universities in New Zealand teach you about image-making within both analogue and digital frameworks. You get to discoverall 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). You are encouraged to develop a strong, personal and creative direction in your work through the briefs that cover a wide range of topics and ideas.
At the end of this programme, you will have produced a body of photographic work that can be used for your portfolio.
A qualification in photography from a leading institute will open many doors for you. You can kickstart your career as a professional photographer or use the programme as a springboard for further studies and specialisations.
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Career opportunities open to you include:
- Art/photography educator
- Fashion photographer
- Freelance commercial photographer
You will also be employed to apply the documentation aspects of photography in disciplines such as medicine, science, forensic science, archaeology and anthropology.
Once you have a basic qualification in photography, you can choose your specialisation in many interesting areas such as:
- Fine art photography
- Travel photography
- Food photography
- Fashion photography
Generally, applicants to the programmes must be 18 years of age and have completed Year 12 or equivalent. You will also have to submit your IELTS score to prove your English proficiency. Some universities also ask for your portfolio of professionally shot images- this is usually an additional requirement and not mandatory.
Where to study photography
Some of the leading institutes in New Zealand which offer courses in photography are:
- UNITEC: Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Photography and Media Arts)
- Raffles Design Institute: Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communication) majoring in Photography - Top up Degree
- University of Canterbury: Bachelor of Fine Arts - Photography
- Massey University: Bachelor of Design (Photographic Design)
- Design and Arts College of New Zealand: Diploma of Contemporary Photography
- Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology: Diploma in Professional Photography
- The Photo School : Certificate in Advanced Photography
- South Seas Film and Television School: Diploma in Digital Photography
From the rugged West Coast Glacier Country to awe-inspiring Fiordland to the spectacular Autumn Colours of Arrowtown and Macetown, New Zealand has some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The beaches, forests, lakes and thermal hot pools you will find there are enough to inspire the artist in you!