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Photography

Develop a photography practice that is critically engaged both with the world of images around you and the other aspects of your life, your community, and the place in which you live. Learn how to make informed and appropriate choice about the range of technologies available to you, from darkroom to digital, to communicate your experiences and ideas. The photography studio is equipped to enable you to explore photography in all its forms using darkroom, large-scale digital colour printing, computer labs and a lighting studio. 

 

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Undergraduate

Bachelor of Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • Three years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Translate your creativity into a career! A qualification in the Visual Arts will allow you to find employment in an exciting and diverse range of professions such as a practising artist, curator, art educator or researcher. A variety of roles within the digital and film industries would also be possible.

Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One year full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

If you already hold a degree and would like to develop your fine arts skills, this programme offers you the chance to carry out an intensive course of study, tailored to suit your individual goals and requirements.

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Postgraduate

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One year full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

Ideal if you are a high achiever who intends to pursue further study, this research-focused programme culminates in an exhibition and writings demonstrating your intellectual rigour and professional expertise.

Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • Six months full-time; one year part-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

If you are seeking initial engagement in postgraduate study this structured programme is for you! Create a body of critically engaged studio work and write a set essay on an aspect of related research methodology.

Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One year full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Master of Fine Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art or low residency option
  • Two years full-time; four years part-time (flexible movement between these two options is possible)
  • Level 9
  • Starts March and September (preferred); flexible start dates are available
  • Apply anytime

Practicing artists will especially benefit from this in-depth research project, which has been benchmarked against national and international standards and culminates in a public exhibition and dissertation.

Master of Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art or low residency option
  • One-two year completion options available
  • Level 9
  • Starts March and September (preferred); flexible start dates are available
  • Apply anytime

Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Lecturers and coordinators

Senior Lecturer and Studio Coordinator: Rachel Allan, MFA
Rachel was awarded her Master of Fine Arts from Dunedin School of Art in 2013. Within her practice she utilises both traditional chemical photographic techniques and modern interpretations to investigate photography's relationship to memory and personal enquiry. Similarly, she questions our relationship to photographs, both chemical and digital, considering their paradoxical messages.

Principal lecturer: Mark Bolland, MA (RCA)

Mark Bolland is a Principal Lecturer at Dunedin School of Art. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, London, with an MA, he has divided his time between teaching, writing and his art practice. Mark's current photographic practice constitutes an ongoing project about image culture and the changing landscape of New Zealand. His photographs are about how experiences of this place are mediated through image and how these landscapes, their histories and people's experiences of them are commodified. In his teaching and supervision Mark focuses on photography histories and prehistories, and photography's role in contemporary art and our digital culture.

 



Facilities

The photography department is equipped to enable you to explore the photographic in all its forms using darkrooms, large-scale colour inkjet printing, computer labs and a lighting studio. The photography department also offers an alternative processes room with 19th century technologies, a fume cabinet and film processing facilities. 

Also on offer is an equipment store packed with film cameras, digital cameras, lights, tripods and much more. Students are able to check out and borrow this equipment for use on their creative projects. The photography studio discipline also has dedicated technical support staff to assist you with your needs.

Technical workshops include: 

  • Darkroom processes 
  • First generation photography (Tintypes, ambrotypes, cyanotypes) 
  • 35mm, medium and large format cameras
  • Polaroid and Kodalith
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital post-production
  • Large format inkjet printing
  • Studio lighting (Flash, LED and DMX)
  • Location lighting
  • Photobook production
  • Installation  

Facilities Include 

  • Darkrooms and film processing 
  • Lighting studio 
  • Project spaces 
  • Screening Room 
  • Mac and PC computer labs
  • Digital scanning & Printing