Otago Polytechnic

Diploma in Digital Photography (Level 6)


Dunedin (Cumberland Street Campus - see map)

One year full-time

On campus - 360 Cumberland Street, Dunedin

Please note: This programme will not run under this name in 2019 (due to a national review of qualifications that NZQA are currently conducting across all tertiary institutions). It will be replaced by the New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 6)* - more info available soon! 

This programme gives you the skills, technical knowledge and creative expression you need to become a successful commercial photographer.

You will learn how to work with clients, how to apply advanced lighting techniques both within and beyond the studio as well as advanced post production techniques that enable you to get the most from your files.

This learning is backed by tuition aimed at getting you up and running as a working professional. This includes building your own website, marketing your photography services online as well as how to run your own photography business.

*subject to final approval

2018 domestic fees (indicative)
  • $7,360
Career possibilities 
  • Specialist photographer
  • Assistant to professional photographers
  • Self-employed photography for weddings, sport, portraiture and commercial 
What will this programme cover?
  • Advanced post-production
  • Photographic analysis and history
  • Documentary photography
  • Elements and composition of photography
  • Client-directed project
  • Business development
  • Advanced studio photography
  • Advanced portraiture
  • Web for photographers
  • Advanced field photography
  • Film techniques.
Further study options
  • Degree studies in Visual Arts. 
Entry requirements 
  • We prefer that you have completed the Certificate in Digital Photography (Level 5) or an equivalent qualification OR that you have relevant and current industry or work experience (of at least two years).
  • Applications from mature students (over 20) are welcome.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure you are ready for this study.
  • If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score less than 5.5.

If you don’t have the entry requirements above, talk to us about whether you have the equivalent skills and knowledge or to determine if this is the right programme for you. 

Please note: this programme is subject to minimum numbers.

Additional documentation 

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate). 

Additional costs

You must provide your own digital camera 

Student loans and allowances 

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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