11 Art Photography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms M. Martin

During this course students will learn creative expression and technical skills in digital photography. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of photography both historically and aesthetically.

  • Cyanotype - Students will learn about and use this traditional process to generate a portrait 
  • Domestic Still Life - Students will print a folio submission of work that explores ordinary objects or environments within the home and transform them into the extraordinary using photographic pictorial and technical skills.
  • Documentary Photography - Students will research and understand a range of New Zealand photographers/artist models that use documentary genre. They will then use their understanding to continue to refine camera and photographic skills while documenting their own person, place or event.
  • Turangawaewae Tableau - Level 1, 4 credit, internal standard. Students will incorporate photographed elements of their Turangawaewae into a tableau format using advanced photoshop editing skills.


12 Art History, 12 Art Photography

NCEA Level 2 and 3 Photography, plus Scholarship.
Students studying this course learn how to generate ideas, think, critique, problem solve and manage deadlines. These are essential skills for any creative career such as Fine arts, art history, commercial photography, graphic design, journalism, architecture and interior design, advertising, fashion photography, publications and the film industry.

Course Costs and Equipment/ Stationery requirements

$50 for the cost of materials. 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.

Recommended Prior Learning

Prefer students to have their own single lens reflex digital camera (we recommend the Canon EOS range e.g 1500D). The department does have some cameras available for hire.

Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90917 v3 Visual Arts 1.5 - Produce a finished work that demonstrates skills appropriate to cultural conventions
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 4 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.

Pathway Tags

Fashion photography, Commercial photography, Journalism, Architecture, Interior Design, Film Industry

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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.