NCEA Level 2 Visual Arts Photography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms F. Dwyer

Recommended Prior Learning

Nil. However, where places are limited preference will be given to students who have taken Level 1 Art and gained 12 external credits. Where the Level 1 Visual Art External Standard has been attempted and not achieved, entry into Level 2 Photography is at the discretion of the HOD.

Students are introduced to photographic practice within a visual art context. They are taught to understand the ways in which photographs are made and the variety of contexts in which they are viewed. Students will learn how to use the manual camera functions of a digital single lens reflex camera, and how to apply these with creative control. The course will cover digital photographic processes including the use of Adobe Photoshop software and digital file management. The course will cover still life, studio and documentary photography. Students will study established artist models and use this knowledge to inform their own work. They will then generate and develop ideas to produce a body of work in the form of a folio submission at the end of the year.

NCEA Level 2

Learning Areas:

Visual Arts


NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts Photography

Career Pathways

Architect, Architectural Technician, Historian, Artistic Director, Event Manager, Information Technology Architect, Game Developer, Primary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Private Teacher/Tutor, Secondary School Teacher, Artist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Conservator, Curator, Visual Merchandiser, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Valuer, Animator/Digital Artist, Software Developer, Archivist, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Film and Video Editor, Sound Technician, Author, Film/Television Camera Operator, Fashion Designer, Industrial Designer, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Media Producer, Production Assistant (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Lighting Technician, Photographer, Television Presenter

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a cost of $47 which contributes toward materials and folio boards. Students will need their own digital SLR camera, SD card, USB storage and an A3 clearfile folder. Either a 1 TB external storage device or a laptop is also ideal. Students will need to purchase their own photographic printing paper available through the school; allow $50 over the year.

Pathway Tags

Animator, Digital Artist, Artist, Tattoo Artist, Film/Television Camera Operator, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Conservator, Curator, Visual Merchandiser, Teacher, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Lighting Technician, Portrait Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Magazine Editor, Website Designer, Documentary Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Lecturer, Secondary School Teacher, Commercial Photographer, Fine Art Photographer, Photo Journalist, Cinematographer, Social Media Influencer, Adobe Photoshop Technician, Film Technician, Film Director, Art Director, Film Producer, Art Dealer.

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