Solway College Solway College

Level 2 Photography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: 7032799

Recommended Prior Learning

No prior learning is required although the compositional knowledge gained in Level 1 Visual Arts will be an advantage as will any prior knowledge of "PhotoShop" and digital photography.

Year 12 Photography

This is a digital Photography class which gives students the opportunity to develop skills in both the use of an SLR camera and "PhotoShop", whilst exploring a personal theme. Students will learn a range of technical and compositional skills through practical and on line tutorials. They will investigate their chosen theme and subject matter using the ideas of traditional and contemporary photographers to enhance their knowledge.

Students will complete two Internal assessments showing their knowledge of Photographic conventions in the first and their ability to develop their ideas in a related series in the second. The best of these images will make up the first half of their two board external folio which will be filled with images which further extend their theme and chosen photographic conventions.

Course Overview

Term 1
Students will choose an individual theme which they wish to explore over the course of the year.
They will begin their first Internal Assessment looking at Photographic conventions. They will be given a series of in camera technical and compositional tasks. Students will set up their own google doc. and load on their images, photographer models and add analysis and note-taking.

Term 2
Students will explore 4 main photographic conventions and then 2 further in depth. They will then begin to develop their ideas by combining and extending concepts already investigated. These images will form the next Internal Assessment. Students will be using relevant Photographer models at each step to assist them in extending their knowledge.
By the end of term two the First Achievement Standard will be completed and the second nearing completion.

Term 3
In term 3 students will complete both their Internal Assessments and then plan their folio layout using the most successful images as a starting point. Students will continue to extend and refine their ideas until they have completed all folio imagery.
Students should have completed their folio layout ready for printing by the beginning of term 4.

Term 4
Students will hand in their external folio by week 2 and then they will have the choice of completing either the 2.5 or 3.5 Cultural standard.

Learning Areas:

Visual Arts


Level 3 Design, Level 3 Photography

Career Pathways

Animator/Digital Artist, Diversional and Recreational Therapist, Survey Technician, Aeroplane Pilot, Archivist, Artist, Tattoo Artist, Surveyor, Film/Television Camera Operator, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Diver, Interior Designer, Conservator, Jeweller, Curator, Graphic Pre-press Worker, Visual Merchandiser, Electronics Trades Worker, Early Childhood Teacher

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Students will ideally need access to a digital SLR camera and can use the school computers which have "Photoshop" or have the programme loaded on to their own laptop.
Students will need to pay for their external folio which will be $7 plus the cost of printing which will be in excess of $40 depending on how and where the printing is done.
All Internal Assessments can be submitted digitally.