Level 3 Visual Arts Photography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Carlan-Riddell

Recommended Prior Learning

Level 2 Visual Arts Photography or equivalent experience. Use of a SLR Digital camera.

This course builds on the skills and knowledge gained in your Year 12 Visual Arts Photography class. You will explore a range of artistic conventions, ideas and techniques in the medium of Photography, both historical and contemporary, and then apply that to your own portfolio project. Your internal assignments will contribute towards the external assessment, and the project will be a year long investigation into your subject matter and theme. Your project will allow you to investigate topics that matter to you, and will allow you to express your original ideas, wrapped around the pictorial issues of your chosen artist models and style of working.

Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of artistic practices in Photography, ranging from analogue processes such as solar imaging to advanced digital processes and editing, including moving image. You will also be encouraged to explore fine arts processes in combination with your photography, and 'interfere' with the photographic image, such as collage, paint and mixed media processes. This is a unique opportunity to explore and experiment, and spend the year learning a wide range of techniques, media and approaches to Photography.



Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Artist, Film/Television Camera Operator, Journalist, Lighting Technician, Photographer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

An SLR Digital camera is highly recommended, but school cameras are available for borrowing.
A laptop/device for working from home.
Photoshop suite license from school $40 (tbc).
64GB+ memory stick or hard drive to back up work.
Fine arts materials as required by student to suit their project could incur some further costs.
Printing costs $50, or depending on students' choice of submission tbc

Assessment Information There will be two compulsory internal assessments, one optional internal assessment, and one external assessment.
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. 91452 v2 Photography 3.3 - Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established photography practice
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: 26

* 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: 26 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

Pathway Tags

Fashion photography, Commercial photography, Journalist, Architecture, Graphic Design, Animation/gaming Design, Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Museum and Education, Theatre and Film production, Art Therapy, Exhibition designer, Further education teacher, Higher education lecturer, Illustrator, Museum/gallery curator, Printmaker, Secondary school teacher, Arts administrator, Commercial art gallery manager, Interior and spatial designer, Museum/gallery exhibitions officer, Multimedia programmer.

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