• Diploma in Photography

      Do you want a rewarding creative career working as a professional photographer? South Seas prepares you for the industry, majoring in Photojournalism, Commercial photography or Creative Art photography. Successfully complete this course and you’ll receive the New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 6) [Ref. 2649].

      Why Come to South Seas?

      • Practical, hands-on Photography training
      • Cutting edge industry technology
      • Tutoring by established Photography professionals
      • Expansive facilities on Auckland North Shore
    • Photography Course Overview

      South Sea’s Photography course is a 43 week long, full-time course resulting in a diploma in Photography. Students will receive the knowledge, understanding, appreciation and skills fundamental to a successful career in photography.
      At South Seas Photography School, you will:
      Master the technology of the digital image production.
      Develop your skills through practical projects.
      Explore the role of photography in new media.
      Learn to analyse your own work and that of others.

      Animation College NZ, as the registered PTE provides and awards the qualifications offered by South Seas Film & TV School. When you enrol with South Seas Film & TV School, your enrolment is with Animation College NZ. Animation College is a Category 1 Provider, the highest rating a school can be awarded by the Government.

    • Photography Course Aims

      • Provide graduates with a high level of practical, recognised professional photography skills.
      • Ensure that graduates are ready to enter the industry upon completing the course.
    • Photography Graduate Employment

      Graduates will be competent in their elective field of photography as well as a high level of overall photography skills. They will be qualified to obtain work independently as professional photographers or obtain trainee positions with photographic companies or other industries that require a high level of photographic knowledge and skills. They can also progress on to related studies at a degree level.


    Photography Majoring Options

    In terms 1–3, the course will provide a comprehensive introduction to and practical experience in all essential skill requirements for the following major fields of photography:

    1. Photojournalism including News, Live Events, Documentary and Travel photography.
    2. Commercial photography, including Portrait, Fashion, Food, Product, Illustrative photography.
    3. Creative Art photography including Portrait, Landscape, Fine Art photography.

    This will prepare students to select which of the above fields of photography they wish to specialise in during Term 4.

    Students will then work exclusively within their elective field of digital photography to produce a high-quality professional portfolio that they can use to obtain work in their chosen field.

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    Photography Course Content

    To prepare students for the challenges of professional photographic work, the course includes lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and training exercises in the following aspects of digital photography.

    • History of Photography – Overview of the technical and creative development of photography.
    • Science of Photography – Overview of the scientific basis of photography.
    • Introduction to Photographic Aesthetics – Composition, framing, camera angles, lighting, and extensive application of these concepts with practical assignments.
    • Photographic Equipment – Overview of all essential photographic equipment, accessories, materials and supplies.
    • Digital Cameras – Extensive hands-on training in the practical use of essential digital photographic cameras, lenses, tethering digital cameras to computers and digital workflow.
    • Post Camera Digital Workflow – File formats, digital storage systems, and extensive practical experience in using these processes.
    • Digital Photo Post Production – Extensive practical use of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.
      • Introduction to preparing photographic portfolios, curriculum vitae, researching, obtaining work, networking and developing photographic careers.
      • Introduction to scheduling, budgeting, bookkeeping and business management for commercial photography.
    • Planning and Production Skills –
      • Develop skills in planning photographic assignments, production bookings and scheduling for projects with practical experience in carrying out these tasks throughout the course.
    • Intro to Commercial Photography Art Direction –
    • Concept and style development, efficient communication with makeup artists and stylists etc.
    • Analysis and Feedback of Photographs – To enable continuing photographic improvements.
    • Studio Lighting – Develop professional lighting techniques, photographic styles and creative expression through the use of light. This is achieved with extensive training and hands-on use of professional photographic lighting equipment, light modifiers, accessories and supplies.

    2019 Calendar for Digital Photography Course

    Travel assignment takes place between 30/06 – 15/07 Graduation TBA

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    Classes begin: Tue 29 Jan 2019 Classes begin: Mon 8 Jul 2019
    Term ends: Fri 5 April 2019 Term ends: Fri 13 Sep 2019
    Mid-semester break Mid-semester break
    Classes begin: Mon 15 Apr 2019 Classes begin: Mon 23 Sep 2019
    Term ends: Fri 21 Jun 2019 Term ends: Fri 29 Nov 2019

    2019-20 Calendar for NZ Diploma in Digital Photography (Level 6)

    Travel assignment takes place between 21/12 – 12/01 Graduation TBA

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    Classes begin: Mon 29 Jul 2019 Classes begin: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Term ends: Fri 4 Oct 2019 Term ends: Fri 13 Mar 2020
    Mid-semester break Mid-semester break
    Classes begin: Mon 14 Oct 2019 Classes begin: Mon 23 Mar 2020
    Term ends: Fri 20 Dec 2019 Term ends: Fri 29 May 2020

    All Calendars are subject to change until closer to the start date

    • Challenging Photographic Assignments

      The course consists of a series of weekly, practical photographic exercises starting with basic but fundamental visual training. Photo shoots increase in scope and complexity throughout the year.

      By the end of the course, participants are able to independently complete complex photographic assignments with a professional level of competence in both creative and technical aspects.

    • Getting Ready for the Creative Industry

      Every lecture, workshop and shooting exercise is designed to fulfil industry requirements and prepare students for the demands of the industry.

      Our industry experienced staff and industry guest tutors deliver lectures, demonstrations and workshops as well as assisting students with their photo shoots and projects. Students complement this support and guidance with their own self-directed photo shoots and reinforce their theoretical knowledge with the delivery of written reports.

    Requirements & Fees

    Photography Course Duration & Intake Details

    The course year is 43 weeks in duration and is divided into 4 Terms.  Each intake class limited to a maximum of 16 students in order to ensure that each student receives quality training.

    Photography Course Entry Requirements

    • The Commercial Photography (CPC) course is open to all New Zealand and International students.
    • International applicants must be 18 years or older and have English language skills equivalent to IELT level 6.
    • All applicants must complete the course application form, including written requirements, as well as complete a formal interview. For international applicants this can be via telephone or Skype.
    • All applicants must submit a portfolio of at least 5 or more of their own photographs. These can be submitted, in digital or print form, relevant to the aims of the applicant. If submitted in digital for they should be sent as jpeg format, large picture size of 1280 x 1024 and a file size of approx. 280-380 KB. The files can best be sent to South Seas as email attachments.
    • Although South Seas supplies all the relevant studio facilities and equipment as well as computers, students should have their own DSLR camera kit and tripod to use throughout the course.

    Photography Course Fees

    Photography Diploma Course – Fees & Costs
    Domestic Student Fees International Student Fees
    $10,200 + $340 Student Services Levy $19,500 + $2,000 Course Fee
    (Eligible for “Fees-Free” study)

    The New Zealand Government has imposed an international student levy on tuition and course related fees. From 1 January 2019 the levy will be 0.89% of the compulsory tuition fees.

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