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Diploma in Photographic Imaging

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Diploma in Photographic Imaging

Programme Overview


The Diploma in Photographic Imaging sits within UCOL’s school of Photography, Arts and Design (SPAD). The Diploma in Photographic Imaging builds on the long term success of photographic training at UCOL which sets the benchmark for programmes in visual imaging across New Zealand. 

The Diploma focuses on contemporary digitally based photographic imaging, and graduates will be able to apply a range of conceptual, creative and technical skills for employment or self-employment.

You’ll learn basic business skills and build your industry portfolio. This means you’ll develop your creative talent in a practical, career focused way. If a year goes by and you’re not ready to leave yet, you’ll also have the opportunity to go further. You can transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging (BAVI) degree after completing Year One.

This programme is also offered at the UCOL Institute of Commercial Photography / Auckland.


View the programme fact sheet​

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School of Photography, Art & Design (SPAD) website

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UCOL Institute of Commercial Photography / Auckland website

UCOL photography students did extremely well at NZIPP - the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Iris Awards in Queenstown this year. They brought home two gold with distinction, four gold, six silver with distinction, 16 silver and 18 bronze:



UCOL Institute of Commercial Photography student handbook


Programme Diploma in Photographic Imaging - Level 6
Study Options / Duration Full Time , 2 years
Campuses Palmerston North, Auckland
​Domestic fees: $7,047  International fees: $19,800


Palmerston North and Auckland

22 February 2016 - 18 November 2016




Palmerston North

Year One timetable information.

Year Two timetable information.

Classes are generally between the hours of 9.00am - 8.00pm Monday - Friday.

Allow 20 hours in class and an additional 20 hours lecturer-directed learning a week each.

Please ring Tricia Falkner for more information, phone +64 695 27231.


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UCOL has an Admission and Conversation process to make sure you are studying at a level you are prepared for. The aim is to help you find the right level of study and educational pathway for you to succeed at UCOL. For more information please download and read the UCOL Admission Guide.

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