Welcome from Head of School Rachel Hoskin
Welcome to the award-winning School of Photography, Arts and Design based in Palmerston North. The school offers Certificate, Diploma, Degree and Masters programmes in a wide range of creative industries, including performing arts, photography, service design, graphic design, moving image, visual journalism, illustration, interior design and music.
Our programmes are designed to give you career opportunities in the industry of your choice and are focused on gaining employment after graduation. This focus, combined with our industry-experienced, highly-qualified, friendly staff and excellent facilities, has built a strong reputation of quality, both in the local community and associated industries.
Our staff and students consistently win top national awards. The school won the prestigious Tertiary Institute of the Year Award at the National Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards for many years in a row before the category was cancelled - check out the news section for more details.
You'll see that in 2013 photography lecturer Kaye Davis set an inspiring example for her students and was named 2013 NZ Professional Photographer of the Year and Creative Photographer of the Year. To top it off Kaye was awarded the highest distinction of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography, the title of Grand Master. She is only one of four New Zealanders to hold the Grand Master accolade.
The Student/Assistant of the Year title was awarded to third year UCOL Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging student Amy Fowler. It is the 11th time in the last 12 years that a UCOL student has claimed the student title. UCOL Diploma in Photographic Imaging graduate Kelvin Gilbert won the Illustrative Photographer of the Year.
UCOL lecturer Anna Glasgow claimed the Creative Portrait Photographer of the Year title, was a finalist in the Landscape category and gained her NZIPP Fellowship.
Staff members Ian Rotherham and Michael Watson were finalists in the Fusion category.
In 2013 UCOL staff and students took their photographs to the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and claimed a total of 18 medals.
UCOL is committed to providing flexible teaching and a student-centred learning environment. You will be encouraged to take full advantage of open access to the facilities and resources to explore the ways in which you learn best, so that you will achieve to your potential.
Look at our dedicated website for examples of our work spad.ucol.ac.nz. I hope you find a career option that suits you and wish you every success.