Otumoetai College Otumoetai College

L2 Art Photography

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms S. Smith.

Required Prior Learning

It is advisable/or at HOD discretion that students who wish to enter L2 Photography must have completed L1 Art Visual or L1 Creative Media Art. The students must have gained an ‘Achieved’ or better grade in all internal and external assessments in L1 Art subjects. If the criteria are met then students can advance to L2 Art Photography.

This course is a digital photography course where students learn how to use a DSLR camera and editing software; lightroom and photoshop to create images. It requires students to research and analyse  photographers’ work and learn about the different conventions of Photography in order to formulate their own ideas into practical work. It involves a themed approach that explores and develops ideas, shaping them into a cohesive body of practical work. It is highly recommended that students have access to their own digital cameras along with portable backup hard drives.  Art dept has a number of loan cameras that can be used. 

Internal Standards: One internal standard is offered and is worth 4 credits and is a combination of research theory and practical work.

External Portfolio: This is a submission of practical work worth 12 credits in total and is externally assessed. Essentially,this folio is based on the work established in the Internals that are completed during the first two terms of the year. The folio comprises of two A1 panels which show how students have used their chosen photographer models and integrated them into their own work. The work must show a development and a sequence of logical ideas which are investigated, developed and refined to produce finished conclusions.

Entry at HOD discretion if Art not taken at Level 1.

Learning Areas:


Assessment Procedures

L2 & L3 Design & Printmaking, L3 Art Design & Illustration, L3 Art History, L3 Art Painting, L3 Art Photography

Subject Costs

Students ideally need access to their own Digital SLR Camera, or are able to borrow school cameras, and a memory card. They also require the following stationery items which can be bought individually or as a pack from our recommended supplier on the school website.
A4 workbook, blutack, double sided tape, gluestick.
Photography paper is available for purchase through the department.

Senior Art Photography Pack