Photography Pathways

Love photography and ready to move beyond 'point and click'? Learn the tricks of the trade from professional photographer and tutor, Simon Maxwell, in this hands on course designed to take your creative potential to the next level.

Taught in a workshop style learning environment with weekly class photo assignments, this short course works at your individual level to help you advance and extend your skills.

Content Details

You’ll learn about working with DSLR cameras, manual settings (lens choice, aperture, shutter speeds, ISO and colour temperature), and digital darkroom workflow, plus you'll get an overview of shooting high quality video on DSLR cameras.

The course covers the creative elements of photography like critical analysis of images, composition, camera angles and shooting distances, seeing like a photographer, and painting with light.

If a career as a photographer is your goal, this course will also build your knowledge around how to set up a photo shoot including an overview on art direction, choosing a location, directing the shoot, working with studio lighting, and working with models and clients.


Classes are held Wednesdays 6.00pm-8.30pm and Saturdays 9.00am–4.00pm.

You will also be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time.

16 Aug 20171 Nov 2017Part-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)12 weeks

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students fees-free

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive a:

Record of Achievement in Photography Pathways (Level 3)

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)
Bachelor of Creative Industries

Entry Criteria

  • Open entry
  • Students need to bring their own camera

IMPORTANT: We regret that students who have already been enrolled and completed this programme are not able to be enrolled again. Please contact our Information Centre for details about other programmes in this subject area.

English Competency

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.