What will I learn?

The Photo Media major places emphasis on contemporary fine art photographic and moving image practice, historical contextual learning, current theoretical concerns and best practice industry expectations.

The programme is underpinned by the delivery of essential skills, techniques, and methodologies to foster students’ creative, practical, and contextual development. Students develop this creative potential while gaining an understanding of professional practice applicable to the photographic industry. Students consider the formal and technical aspects of photography and video as well as the theory and debate surrounding lens-based image-making today.

Graduates of the Photo Media major will be well positioned to embark on dynamic and creative careers. Alumni of the major have established their own commercial and fine art practices, assisted professional photographers, and worked in galleries and photo labs. For those considering further study the Whitecliffe Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is nationally and internationally recognised as a pathway into postgraduate programmes in New Zealand and internationally.

Photography and the Media Arts, now more than ever, are essential vehicles for personal expression, collaborative communication and the delivery of powerful brand stories.

Year One for Photo Media students includes a combination of both general arts and design with specialist Photo Media courses. The programme covers practical and theoretical skills and knowledge where students develop core skills in design, drawing, materials and processes, together with critical and contextual studies.

Year Two focuses on the further development of individual practical research, experimentation and art-making undertaken in the studio with an emphasis on student-directed outcomes. A series of project briefs support students to evaluate complex issues and discuss critical frameworks relevant to contemporary art practice.

Students in their final year will engage with two important platforms for creation and dissemination of their work: exhibition and publication.

Jobs related to this programme

Photographer

Producer

Videographer

Cinematographer

Studio Manager

Photographer's Assistant

Art Buyer

Curator

Gallery Assistant

Photo Lab Professional

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$27,000.00 (US$ 17,901) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2021

Venue

Whitecliffe

Auckland Campus,

67 Symonds Street,

AUCKLAND,

Grafton,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission Requirements: NCEA University Entrance or equivalent CIE/IB award. Note that discretionary entrance is available to students who have gained exceptional marks in level 2 NCEA. Some of the above academic requirements may be waived for students over 20 years of age. IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5.

For international students

NCEA University Entrance or equivalent CIE/IB award. Note that discretionary entrance is available to students who have gained exceptional marks in level 2 NCEA. Some of the above academic requirements may be waived for students over 20 years of age.

IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

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Pathways options

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About this uni

Whitecliffe College is an independent school based in New Zealand covering the areas of art, fashion, design, and technology.

  • Based out of five campuses in New Zealand
  • Enjoys beautiful surroundings and stunning scenery
  • Faculty with extensive experience in industry
  • Peaceful and safe study environment