Whangaparaoa College Whangaparaoa College

Level 2 Visual Arts Photography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: 27960447

Recommended Prior Learning

No pre-requisites are required however it is helpful to have Level 1 Visual Art and Photoshop skills would be


This course focuses on digital art photography conventions and photographic processes.

Learners explore a range of camera and Photoshop techniques based on established photography practice.

Learners choose their own theme for their External submission and explore ideas and techniques linked to

their theme. References to contemporary artist models are an essential part of the course.

Work from one internally assessed Achievement Standard contributes to the end of year External which is a

two board folio submission.

Topics Covered:

Compulsory Internal AS/US

- Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to photography.

Optional AS/US

- Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established photography practice.

External AS

- Produce a systematic body of work that shows understanding of art making conventions and ideas within design.

Learning Areas:

Arts (Visual)


Level 3 Photography

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Aeroplane Pilot, Artist, Tattoo Artist, Film/Television Camera Operator, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Conservator, Jeweller, Curator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Visual Merchandiser, Early Childhood Teacher, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Florist, Lighting Technician, Nanny/Child Carer, Photographer

Course Costs and Equipment

● $140
● Personal Laptop with Photoshop installed and an SLR digital camera are COMPULSORY
equipment for this course. Photoshop can be purchased or leased online on a monthly basis from
Adobe for about $15 per month.
● Includes a Level 2 photography art pack
● Trip fee or artist presentation
● Final printing of External submission on photography designated printer and printing paper.
● In class art materials over and above the art pack
● Provided resource sheets.
Additional personal printing tab will be required. The internal requires printing.


Although we aim to enable every learner to have the course that they prefer,  limited places or learning requirements may restrict learners' choices.