Approx Cost:
$35.00 plus cost of personal materials like printing photos (note this is dependent on student needs). Students would benefit from having their own digital SLR camera. A laptop that is capable of running current Adobe Creative Cloud software would also be beneficial. This is available economically via a school licence for students enrolled in this course.
Technology Requirements:
A laptop is of benefit for this course
Entry Recommendations:

Minimum of 20 credits from PAR201 or a minimum of 20 credits from PGD201 (or Other students can discuss their suitability with the HOD.). It is important to note that for those wishing to apply for entry to one of the many tertiary schools of Art and Design, candidates will be required to enrol in two of the following Art subjects:

  • DES301  Design.
  • PAI301    Painting.
  • PHO301  Photography.
  • PRI301    Printmaking.
  • SCU301  Sculpture.

Note: Only two NCEA Level 3 Art subjects may be taken in any one year due to workload issues, unless special recommendation is given by the HOD of Visual Arts..


Course Outline:

Students will gain knowledge of photographic conventions procedures and methods.   Students present a photographic study to show their understanding of photography as an edited sequence of work. From these project based learning episodes students develop their own independant photography practice.

Internal Achievement Standards:

3.1      Analyse methods and ideas from established photography practice, 4 credits

3.2     Use drawing to demonstrate understanding of conventions appropriate to photography, 4 credits.

3.3     Systematically clarify ideas using drawing informed by established photography practice, 4 credits.

External Achievement Standard:

Folio: A three panel A1 Folio sent to Wellington for external assessment.

3.4     Produce a systematic body of work that integrates conventions and regenerates ideas within art photography practice, 14 credits.

The research standard for this course is an optional 4 credits and is recommended for students entering Scholarship Photography.

Where Does It Lead:

Entry into schools of Visual Art and Design and other tertiary institutions. To a greater understanding of procedures and practices which underpin art and design.

Careers in art and design, film, architecture, television, animation, industrial design, advertising, photography, publishing, promotion and marketing.

For further information see:
Mr Sam Eng.