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Certificate in Intermediate Photography

Certificate in Intermediate Photography

Level 5

This course is a follow up course to UCOL’s Certificate in Introductory Photography.

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Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: 10 Weeks, part-time

2022 dates TBC

Domestic Fees: *
$201.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

If you are an advanced amateur photographer, or a graduate of UCOL's Certificate in Introductory Photography and want to expand your skill set, this is the course for you.

You will develop your eye for composition, going beyond the basic rules to create truly striking, emotional images.

Learn about a range of inspiring photographers to help develop your eye for composition, going beyond the basic rules to create truly striking, emotional images.

In this course you will study more advanced studio lighting, and how to use an on-camera flash as a creative tool. You’ll expand on your digital dark room techniques with Adobe Camera RAW converter to get more out of your images, and learn how to use Photoshop to give wings to your creative ideas.

Throughout the 10-week course, you will complete a number of projects, culminating in an exhibition on the final day.

Tutor: Gerry Le Roux

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of the Certificate in Intermediate Photography will be able to apply their new knowledge and skills in a variety of potential employment opportunities, including professional photography, marketing and social media.  

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:
Please contact the Programme Leader regarding pathways into other courses in the Creative Industries.

 Course Information

The Certificate in Intermediate Photography builds on the learning from the Certificate in Introductory Photography. The course runs for 10 weeks and comprises 20 credits.

Class times alternate between Tuesday and Thursday evening classes one week, and Thursday evening and Saturday day classes the following week.

 Learning Facilities

Excellent industry-standard learning facilities and equipment including Canon DSLR cameras, photography studios, and Apple iMacs equiped with Adobe creative software

 Domestic Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at more advanced amateur photographers and hobbyists, including students who have


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or an equivalent test including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

 Advice & Guidance

It is recommended that students have met the literacy and numeracy requirements of NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.