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New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Mar 2025


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)


The New Zealand Diploma in Photography Level 5 builds on the long term success of photographic training at UCOL, setting the benchmark for programmes in professional photographic imaging across New Zealand.

Focusing on the exciting diversity of contemporary professional photography, you will develop a range of creative and technical skills, gain confidence, and be a step closer to achieving your goal of working in the photographic industry.

The New Zealand Diploma in Photography Level 5 gives you an introduction to photography as a medium to express creative ideas. Develop introductory knowledge and skills in solving visual problems through idea-generation, composition, and lighting, use of equipment, image processing and presentation.

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply problem-solving skills to a range of design challenges within a photographic context
  • Apply conceptual, creative and technical skills in photographic imaging
  • Apply knowledge of image making and use of technologies relevant to a range of photographic applications and genres
  • Create a range of photographic imaging works
  • Analyse and evaluate own photographic work and the work of others
  • Self-manage photographic project briefs within defined guidelines
  • Behave professionally in a photographic work environment.

Employment options include working in junior technical or assistant roles within a photography environment.

Education pathway

You could choose to undertake further study in the sector, including:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Photography Level 6

Entry criteria

The general conditions of the New Zealand Diploma in Photography, Level 5, state learners must hold a Level 3 qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and/or knowledge.

English language Requirement: IELTS - Academic: Score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 4 (General or Employment); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 42 with no band less than 36.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country).

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