The artist in you will thrive in NorthTec’s supportive creative environment. Northland has more artists per capita than any other region so art education has a pivotal role here.
Challenge and support
You will be challenged but supported on your journey to becoming a creative arts practitioner. Here is your opportunity to find and apply your chosen discipline in first class facilities. We will enable you to explore new ideas in a variety of media so that you can launch your art career.
Modern meets traditional
This campus provides an interesting combination of modern visual arts like digital photography with the traditional creative expressions of ceramics, printmaking, and painting. We offer the opportunity to mix electives so for example you can to do a film paper alongside an art history paper.
NorthTec's Applied Arts courses are pathway linked so you can up-level your qualification as your skills develop.
Tutors are artists
As working artists, our award winning tutors maintain very close ties with their artistic communities and creative industries, and they understand the reality of making a living. These connections help students launch their careers.
Many of our students begin working in their field while still completing their courses here. Others go on to become self-employed artists, working either locally or on a global platform from right here in Northland.
Immerse in intense study
NorthTec’s Certificate in Photography suits those wishing to be immersed in Photography and who are able to commit to an intense course of study to gain photographic expertise. The content is primarily Aotearoa/NZ based.
All abilities welcome
This course has been designed for students with a wide range of ability including practising artists, school leavers, designers, beginners, community based project photographers, and independent freelance photographers wishing to upskill in particular areas of knowledge.
Varied delivery time
The delivery of this course may vary with each paper and from year to year. It may include weekday classes (9am-4pm), intensive workshops, noho marae, and evening or weekend classes.
This is a very practical, hands-on introduction to Photography, with students learning and practising a range of technical and conceptual approaches to photographic image-making. When you’ve finished the course you will have the skills to use a film and digital camera, process and print images digitally and in a darkroom, use controlled lighting, make images using traditional, contemporary, and alternative techniques, create a body of images and critique and present them publicly, engage with contemporary and historical issues and images that are relevant to the current environment
By the time you graduate you will be a competent independent photographer with a good understanding of photographic practice in Aotearoa.
Possible career opportunities for graduates include assistant to commercial photographer, designer, printer, photo lab, or newspaper, community photographer, independent freelance photographer, practicing artist, further tertiary study in an arts or photography programme.