NCEA Level 2 Art Photography - Inside the Box

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr A. YATES

Recommended Prior Learning

It is helpful to have studied Visual Art or Design/Photography at Level 1, although not essential.  Those students who have passed Level 1 Art standards will be given preference if the course is oversubscribed.

Look inside a mysterious box and find a source of artistic inspiration from which to develop a portfolio of photographic work.  You will follow the creative process and use contemporary artists and photographers to inspire and model your own practice in order to create a range of amazing art works.

You will learn to use cameras and Photoshop to make and digitally manipulate quality images.  For the two internal standards students explore different types of photography, lighting, lenses and photography a variety of themes to create series of works.  Once a successful theme has been developed, students use this as a starting point to create their two panel Folio for external assessment.  There will be one trip during the year to visit a relevant exhibition.  There is now an option to present a digital portfolio for the external standard for those interested in film, animation or time based projects. 

(Work from 2020 Level 2 Waiopehu Photography Students)




NCEA Level 3 Art Design - Creativity in Action, NCEA Level 3 Art Photography - Outside the Box, NCEA Level 3 Fine Art - The Artist's Muse

Leads to further study in Photography, and careers such as journalistic, portrait, industrial/product, sports, wedding, or wildlife photographer, Filmmaker or Camera person, 3D Animation or Design following Tertiary Study.

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Advertising Specialist, Survey Technician, Aeroplane Pilot, Product Assembler, Business Analyst, Software Developer, Architectural Technician, Art Director (Film, Television or Stage), Historian, Artist, Artistic Director, Auctioneer, Collision Repair Technician, Automotive Electrician, Automotive Technician, Baker, Biomedical Engineer, Metal Worker, Naval Architect, Tattoo Artist, Entertainer, Buyer, Surveyor, Urban/Regional Planner, Science Technician, Civil Engineer, Fashion Designer, Coachbuilder/Trimmer, Journalist, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Industrial Designer, Conservator, Technical Writer, Make-up Artist, Curator, Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage), Visual Merchandiser, Electronics Trades Worker, Early Childhood Teacher, Engineering Machinist, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Media Producer, Florist, Game Developer, Landscape Architect, Landscaper, Geophysicist, Hairdresser/Barber, Industrial Spray Painter, Radiation Therapist, Nanny/Child Carer, Printer, Valuer, User Experience Designer

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Course Contribution: $60 (includes all art materials)
Stationery Requirements: Folio printing costs $40 plus ancillary costs

Pathway Tags

advertising art director, comic book creator, graphic artist, primary teacher, advertising commercial director, comic strip artist, graphic designer, print maker, advertising copy writer, computer graphics designer, greeting card designer, properties artist, advertising creative director, conservator, guide, publicity director, advertising illustrator, corporate designer, hair stylist, puppet maker, advertising photographer, costume designer, haute couturier, renderer, aerial photographer, court artist, illustration agent, researcher, animation director, crafts artisan, illustrator-freelance, restorer, animator (digital/traditional), creative director-advertising, industrial designer, salesperson, antique restorer, curator, industrial photographer, scenic designer, architect, cutter & editor, interior decorator, scientific illustrator, architectural illustrator, dark room technician, interior designer, sculptor, architectural technologist, dentist, jeweler, serigrapher, art auctioneer, design consultant, Architect, Photojournalist, Graphic designer, Creative Director, Print Production Artist, Art Director, Web Designer, Desktop Publisher, Web Programmer, Web Developer, Marketing Designer, Marketing Director, Illustrator, Communications Manager, Visual Artist, Film Producer, Video Maker, Urban/Regional Planner, Immigration Officer, Intelligence Officer, Construction and Infrastructure, Geospatial Specialist, Survey Technician, Surveyor, Secondary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Geologist, Meteorologist, Travel Agent/Adviser, Historian, Retail Manager, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Translator, Archivist, Conservator, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Author, Journalist, Elected Government Representative, Policy Analyst, Barrister, Judge, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Records Adviser, Retail and Personal Services, Town Planner, Teaching, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Film maker, Lawyer, Social Work, Survey Tech


Standards shown on courses are only an indication and not all may be offered at the time of study.