New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5) - Telford

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 5

2019 Semester 1: 12 August to 06 December


Blended delivery - online with additional tutorial sessions at Telford Campus 

Location: Telford
Credits: 120

Start your journey to a qualification for professional or hobby photograhy with the Introduction to Digital Photography paper, delivered by Blended Learning - Onsite workshops at Telford campus and at-home study online.

Students can study further papers in this qualification concurrently via SIT2LRN Distance Learning, or progress with additional papers at Telford in future intakes.

Papers in this qualification:

Compulsory - delivered at Telford in 2019

NZDP100 Introduction to Digital Photography (15 credits)
This paper provides in introduction to digital camera operation and contemporary photographic practice. Students will explore core principles including; framing, composition, manual controls (exposure, aperture, ISO, and focus) and lighting, as well as introducing modern postproduction workflow tools and techniques.

Compulsory - may be offered at Telford in 2020 or can be taken via SIT2LRN Distance Learning

NZDP101 Introduction to Digital Post Production (15 credits)
This paper introduces students to the use of industry standard software applications (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud suite) in the creation and manipulation of digital images.

NZDP102 Photographic Design (15 credits)
This paper introduces the fundamentals of design theory and enables students to explore the practical application of design principles across photographic media.

NZDP105 Digital Photography (15 credits)
This paper offers students the opportunity to refine their knowledge of digital photography, particularly with regard to the conscious incorporation of photographic tools, utilizing, advanced manual control, lens selection, and concepts such as narrative, and movement to tell the story of the image.

NZDP106 Digital Post Production (15 credits)
This paper explores the use of industry standard software applications (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud suite) in the correction and manipulation of digital images.

NZDP107 Professional Practice (15 credits)
This paper provides students with the skills and knowledge required to undertake professional photographic work with a focus on small photographic business operation, administration, understanding commercial photography genres (wedding, photojournalism, food, studio, and sports photography), and research of image production ethics, relevant legislation (e.g. Copyright Act, intellectual property) and principles (e.g. Treaty of Waitangi).

NZDP108 Digital Photography Portfolio (15 credits)
This paper provides students with the skills and knowledge to develop a unified portfolio of images that work creatively and within pre-defined boundaries.

Electives - choose one paper from the following                                                       

NZDP103 Auteur Studies (15 credits)
This paper explores seminal figures in the history of photography and provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of photographic aesthetics and techniques through research and re-creation.

NZDP104 Media and Imagery (15 credits)
This paper dives into the deep history of photographic imagery and aims to increase student awareness and ability to contextualize the images to which they are exposed, and understand the influence on the viewer. Students will investigate and critique existing works and engage in projects to apply this understanding.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to work in junior technical or assistant roles in the photographic sector and:

  • 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 

Applicants for this programme of study should have a keen interest and aptitude in photography, as evidenced by the portfolio required to be submitted for assessment by any applicant new to the programme of study. The portfolio should consist of 5-6 images showing the applicant’s skills in a variety of subjects and genres.

School Leavers
Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age, and have attained NCEA Level 3.

Mature Applicants
Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 3 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years. They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate. Personal commitment and a belief in one's own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Language Requirements

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)
  • Cambridge English Examinations - FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - Level 4 with Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic score of 42)
  • City and Guilds IESOL - B2 Communicator with a score of 42

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  • Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements 
  • Hold a bachelor's degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  • Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  • Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.

Equipment Requirements

  • Students entering the New Zealand Diploma in Photography programme are required to have access to a digital SLR or mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with manual controls for the duration of the course. Point-and-shoot cameras and smartphones are not suitable for this course.
  • Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (CS5 or later) is required.
  • Students, with the exception of those receiving course-related costs from StudyLink for equipment purchase, must have the required equipment and software prior to commencing the programme.

Blended Delivery Information:

Students are required to atend onsite workshops as scheduled. 

This course requires you to have a computer and internet access. Students are required to use their SIT webmail only for all communications. All course materials and information, including assessments and due dates, are located on the online Blackboard system. Once you have been accepted into a programme you will receive an Important Information Booklet that includes information that you can use to familiarise yourself with our online Blackboard learning environment. From the intake start date you will have access to the online course materials to work through.

Facilitator Assistance: During the enrolled intake period, students have email access to Facilitators, who endeavour to respond to emails within 48 hours (week days only). All students are required, within the first two weeks of an intake, to send an email to their Facilitator confirming their start on the programme of study. Students who have not emailed their facilitator or embarked upon their course of study by the end of the 2nd week of an intake, will be Faculty Withdrawn from the programme. Such withdrawals may impact on future access to SIT Zero Fees Scheme and Student Direct Material Costs are still liable for payment.

Progress reports are sent out 6-8 weeks after the end of each intake.

We recommend students new to SIT2LRN read through the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further study and enrolment information.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5) full-time over one year or part-time over four years.

Please Note: Students failing to engage in study as per programme requirements may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement.

For those wishing to pursue further study, SIT offers

Bachelor of Screen Arts (where students can specialise in either animation or digital filmmaking

Week 1: 9:00am Tuesday 13 August

Introduction to paper, overview, basic camera functions, how to submit assignments and DB tasks, Practice session/photo walk, photo review, Q&A.

Week 2: 9:00am Tuesday 20 August

Exposure:  Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO and their side-effects.  Practice session/photowalk, photo review Q&A.

Week 4: 9:00am Tuesday 3 September

Composition. Practice/photowalk, photo review, Q&A.

Week 7: 9:00am Tuesday 24 September

Lenses, light and lighting.  Practice/photowalk, photo review, Q&A.

Composition.  Practice/photowalk, photo review, Q&A

Assessments for this course typically include essays and practical assessments. There are no external exams for this course.

For more information on required and recommended textbooks for this course please refer to the textbook list here

Please note that textbooks need to be ordered at least 3-4 weeks prior to the commencement of your study