Otumoetai College Otumoetai College

L3 Art Photography

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms S. Smith.

Required Prior Learning

It is essential that students who wish to enter L3 Art Photography must have completed L2 Art Photography, or another L2 Art subject. The students must have gained an ‘Achieved’ or better grade in all internal and external assessments in L2 Art Photography or another L2 Art subject. If the criteria are met then students can advance to L3 Art Photography.

This course is a continuation of the learning completed in the L2 Photography course. Students select their own theme with the help of their teacher and develop a body of work that explores narrative or documentary style photography. Students are expected to have a high degree of personal motivation, self-efficacy and an ability to work individually. 

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: Are worth 4 credits each and are a combination of research theory and practical work. 

External Portfolio: This is a submission of practical work worth 14 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 three 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.

Scholarship: Scholarship is offered for students who complete work at ‘Merit’ level or above. Additional group tutorials will be offered by specialist staff from Term 3.

Entry at HOD discretion if there are no Art subjects  studied at L2. 

Learning Areas:


Assessment Procedures

Subject Costs

Students need access to a Digital SLR Camera 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 and Folio card is available for purchase through the department.

Senior Art Photography Pack