NCEA Level 2 Art Photography - Inside the Box

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr A. YATES

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. 


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.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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

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.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91312 v2 Visual Arts 2.2 - Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to photography
A.S. 91317 v2 Visual Arts 2.3 - Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established photography practice
A.S. 91322 v2 Visual Arts 2.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art making conventions and ideas within photography
A.S. 91325 v2 Visual Arts 2.5 - Produce a resolved work that demonstrates control of skills appropriate to cultural conventions
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 24 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.

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