Careers in Photography

Bring your art to life

Pictured: Set Up for the 'Kia Tu Pato' series by Trina Edwards

Who will you become?


Can you capture strong images that tell a story? A photographer career offers the opportunity to work anywhere from a local wedding to the Olympics. Many photographers work for newspapers, or are employed on a freelance basis by advertising agencies, businesses, or individuals. Others share their skills at secondary or tertiary level as educators. A self-employed photographer will often manage and market their own business. They’ll liaise with clients, arrange the technical requirements for a shoot, and deliver photographs online or in albums.

Photography is a pathway within Wintec’s Bachelor of Media Arts (Visual Arts) degree. Your study will include practical camera technique, on-location and studio lighting, digital workflow and post production. Specialising in photography provides students with a balance of technical/studio classes, research projects and critical discussion. Students will study the currency and conventions of photography practice with technical skill-based modules. You will be encouraged to use these skills to further your individual projects for varied interests and outputs.

In your third year, you will have the opportunity to intern in the industry and showcase work at the end of year exhibition. You will gain insight, skills and techniques from other Media Arts disciplines and graduate with the ability and networks to apply those collaborative methods to your professional practice.

Your lecturers are active researchers and experienced photographers, developing their own work alongside their teaching.

If you don't meet the entry criteria for the degree, the Certificate in Media Arts is a 20-week introductory programme that delivers the basic knowledge and skills to prepare for a creative career. Enthusiasts still at school might be interested in our one day STAR taster courses in Short Video Production or Stop-motion Animation. You can also come in as a 'student-for-a-day', which offers the opportunity to sample the Media Arts environment and teaching style before enrolling, or a book a tour to see our facilities.

Questions about our photography courses or opportunities? Contact Visual Arts Team Manager Sam Cunnane.