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Certificate in Intermediate Photography

Level 5

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

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Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 10 Weeks, part-time

Palmerston North
04 Jun 2024 - 24 Aug 2024

23 Jul 2024 - 28 Sept 2024

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
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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 the UCOL 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 darkroom 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

 Course Hours & Duration

 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

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

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 Tuesday evening and Saturday day classes the following week.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 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 learners who have

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

This programme of study is not open to international learners.

 Advice & Guidance

It is recommended that learners 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 learner believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Te Pūkenga Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning Limited, a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.