13 Art Photography

Although next year timetables are yet to be finalised, course selection is now finished. Any changes to student courses will now take place in January.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms M. Martin

During this course students will generate and develop an individually conceived and driven photographic investigation. The thematic study, approach, artist models and technical format will be entirely selected by the student as they work through the challenges and concepts of their investigation. Students will keep a visual diary to research, experiment and document the process of their work. The visual diary is used to assess work for the internal standard while running concurrently with practical investigations for the external folio submission. It also provides the foundation of work presented for the scholarship standard and can be used in portfolios that are required for entrance to the many tertiary art courses available. 

The external component is a three board folio submission, due early Term 4.

Recommended Prior Learning

Year 12 Photography


Year 11 Photography - this option is for students who have done the year 11 photography course and may have skipped the year 12 course, but can pick it up again in year 13.

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

$60 TAKE HOME COMPONENT - Students taking this course will produce products that will be taken home and therefore will be asked to pay $50 for the cost of materials. Further details are provided at the beginning of year.
STUDENTS OWN DSLR CAMERA - Prefer students to have their own single lens reflex digital camera. We recommend the Canon EOS range e.g 1500D or 200D. Further details of what type of camera to buy are given out at the beginning of the year.
Optional - HIRE SCHOOL CAMERA - $50 per year. The department does have a Camera Hire System which is run via the school library - 'hire agreement' forms are handed out at the start of the year.
PRINTING COSTS - Students will also need to maintain credit on their print account during the year to support this course and it is strongly advised that students have a personal storage device such as a portable hard drive.
INKJET PRINTING - There is an additional cost of $60 for specialty inkjet paper which is optional, but strongly recommended for those printing their portfolio work.

Description Type Value
Take Home Component Non-Voluntary $60.00


Scholarship, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Visual Arts, Variety of Diploma studies in Visual Arts - Photography, Design, Architecture, Media, Fashion, Film, Freelance Photography, Photo Journalism, Commercial Photography, Film Stills, Forensic Photography.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91452 v2
Photography 3.3 - Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established photography practice
Level: 3
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91457 v2
Photography 3.4 - Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within photography practice
Level: 3
Internal or External: External
Credits: 14
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0 *
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 18
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0

Approved subject for University Entrance

Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 18

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.


We aim to enable every student to have the course that they prefer, however, some courses have limited places or pre-requisits that may restrict the student's choice.