Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 2 Visual Arts Photography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms F. Dwyer.

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry. 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.

This course prepares students for a wide range of careers in Photography and Creative Industries. 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 class is well resourced with a computer suite and purpose built photography studio. Students will learn 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.


Note: Students may take up to three of the NCEA Level 2 Visual Art courses offered: Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture - however those students wishing to take more than two of these subjects may only do so with the approval of the HOD and their Divisional Principal.


NCEA Level 2

Learning Areas:

Creative Arts


NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts Photography

This course leads into a range of career pathways in Photography. Photographic practice has a wide range of applications in contemporary life. These include art, photojournalism, broadcasting, advertising, commercial, portraits, weddings, fashion, wildlife, cinema, film, web design, social media, videographer, post production to name a few.

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, Radio Presenter

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a cost of $35 (TBC) which contributes toward materials and folio boards. Computers and Adobe software are provided in class. Students will need their own digital SLR or mirrorless 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.