NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts Photography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms F. Dwyer

Students will extend their knowledge of photographic practice within a visual art context. The main focus of this course is the production of a three panel folio submission. Students select an individual theme for study, based on their strengths. They will develop their ability to think critically about photography as picture-making and explore reasons why photographs are made and valued. Students will extend their skills in a range of processes and techniques including studio workshops, with an emphasis on digital photography and the use of Adobe Creative Suite software including Photoshop and Lightroom. Students will be encouraged to enter the scholarship examination based on their internal assessment grades. Note: Students who have not taken Level 2 Photography will need to put in extra time in Term 1 to catch up on essential skills covered in the Year 12 course.


Visual Art in Year 13 covers a group of single subjects. Five single subjects are offered and students can enter up to two of these, or three at the discretion of the HOD. It is permissible to take one of the subjects only but it is necessary to take a minimum of two if entry to university or polytechnic is intended. The subjects offered are: Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.

NCEA Level 3

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There is a cost of $52 which contributes toward basic materials and folio boards. Students will also need their own digital SLR camera, an SD card, USB storage and an A3 clearfile folder. Either a 1 TB external storage device or laptop is ideal. Students will need to purchase their own photographic paper available through the school; allow $70 for this over the year.

Recommended Prior Learning

Permission is needed from Ms Dwyer for students who have not taken Year 12 Photography, as essential skills are covered in this course which are necessary to pursue a course of study in Year 13. Where a Level 2 Visual Arts External Standard has been attempted and not achieved, entry is at the discretion of the HOD.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91442 v2 Photography 3.1 - Analyse methods and ideas from established photography practice
4r *
A.S. 91447 v2 Photography 3.2 - Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to photography
A.S. 91457 v2 Photography 3.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within photography practice
Total Credits
Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 22

* Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

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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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