Program Details

INDIVIDUAL COURSE COMPONENTS Technical aspects of photography, contemporary practice, history of photography, drawing, digital media, business studies.
Location:
Christchurch, New Zealand
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Academic Year

Program Overview

Program Description:
COURSE SUMMARY Emphasis is on learning through making work and producing photographic images to a high standard. During the course, students are encouraged to develop a strong, personal and creative direction in their work through the briefs that cover a wide range of topics and ideas. At the end of the course, graduates will have produced a body of photographic work that can be used for a portfolio. FIRST ACADEMIC YEAR The course introduces the technical aspects of photography while encouraging students to develop the ability to think conceptually. A broad range of technical aspects of photography, including camera operation, black and white film development, printing, the use of studio lighting and digital imaging are introduced. Drawing skills that relate to photography are also introduced. These are centered on the aspects of visual perception and language, literally training the eye to see. SECOND ACADEMIC YEAR Alongside in-depth studies of the technical aspects of photography, students develop their own area of interest or specialisation. Students, under the supervision of a tutor are required to develop and produce documentation on the evolution of a body of work. Components of photographic art, theory and history continue in academic year two with the focus being on the examination of photography as an art form, within the context of modern art movements and contemporary theoretical discussion. Practical application of the business studies component allows the student to work with real-life client briefs in preparation for their entry into the commercial environment. FOLLOWING THE DIPLOMA OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY STUDENTS CAN GO ON TO DIPLOMA OF ART (ADVANCED) AND THEN CAN APPLY TO ENTER THE BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS DEGREE THROUGH WHITECLIFFE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND DESIGN.

INDIVIDUAL COURSE COMPONENTS Technical aspects of photography, contemporary practice, history of photography, drawing, digital media, business studies.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Exhibiting photographer, freelance photographer, photojournalist, photographic technician, incorporation of photography into art or graphic design practice, museum and curatorial work. ACADEMIC PATHWAYS Graduates have gone onto study: Auckland University of Technology (Bachelor of Visual Arts); Unitec (Bachelor of Fine Arts). ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Portfolio and interview. NCEA level 2, preferably level 3 (High School Year 12/13) or equivalent.English language entry requirements, IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.
Cost:
$18,200 NZD per academic year

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