Diploma in Photography




  • South Seas Film School

    Feb 03 - Dec 04, 2020

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Capture and develop expert techniques to equip yourself for the professional photography industry.

You’ll be taught by real photographers how to master the technology of digital image production, visualise concepts through images, and develop the competence to analyse your own work and the work of others. We provide high-quality professional equipment, lighting, post-production software and more. The photo shoots will increase in scope and complexity throughout the year.

Each element of the diploma is designed to fulfil industry requirements and prepare you for high demands so that you are ready to independently complete complex photographic assignments at a professional level of competence, both creatively and technically.

Getting ready for the creative industry

To prepare you for the challenges of professional photographic work, the course includes lectures, demonstrations, workshops and training exercises on the following aspects of photography:

  • Composition, framing, camera angles, studio lighting
  • Utilising professional equipment
  • Science of photography
  • Location shoots
  • Post-camera digital workflow
  • Digital photo post-production
  • Planning and production skills
  • Analysis and feedback of photographs

Photography major options:

  • Photojournalism, including news, live events, documentary and travel photography
  • Commercial photography, including portrait, fashion, food, product and illustrative photography
  • Creative art photography, including portrait, landscape and fine art photography

You will leave South Seas with new-found certified skills, a professional portfolio for industry interviews and a business plan, along with your own logo and website platforms.

Successfully complete this course and you’ll receive the New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 6).

What you should know


Macintosh, Photoshop, LightRoom, Capture One


Although South Seas supplies all the relevant studio facilities and equipment, including computers, students should have their own DSLR camera kit and tripod to use throughout the course.


Domestic students

$10,200 + $340 Student Services Levy

(Eligible for 'fees-free' study)

International students

$19,500 + $2,000 course fee

Entry Requirements

The Commercial Photography Course (CPC) is open to all New Zealand and international students.

International applicants must be 18 or older and demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS level 6.

All applicants must complete the course application form (including written requirements) and submit to a formal interview (international applicants may do this via telephone or Skype).

All applicants must submit a portfolio of at least five or more of their own photographs in digital or print form, relevant to the aims of the applicant. If submitted in digital form, photographs should be sent in jpeg format: large picture size of 1280 x 1024 and a file size of approximately 280-380 KB.

Want to know more?

Go on, ask us anything. A student advisor will be in touch to help find the best fit for you.

South Seas Film School Campus

A legend in its lifetime, our South Seas Film School Campus functions like a real-life working Hollywood-style studio.

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Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges. Yoobee Colleges is a Category 1 Provider, the highest rating a school can be awarded by the Government.

Term dates are subject to change, pending enrolment numbers, availability and any unforeseen funding fluctuations. Yoobee Colleges reserves the right to modify schedules to make sure the College runs well and student are offered the best learning experience.

Interested in kicking off your career?

Our brochure explores everything you need to know including an outline of study options, key information about enrolment, and all our campuses spread around New Zealand.