Photography (T/A)

This course is suitable for students who have developed an interest in the Visual Arts and/or Photography in high school or who may be contemplating tertiary studies or a career in this field.  A minor or major in Photography is a useful addition to a portfolio for entrance into Photography, design or art courses at tertiary institutions.  There are no prerequisites for the study of Photography in Semester 1 year 11. The Photography Practice unit is a prerequisite for Semester 2 Year 11.

Both Accredited (A) and Tertiary (T) courses consist of four 1.0 standard units.  These courses assume no prior photographic experience. Students learn SLR camera operations and explore the possibilities associated with the use of the elements and principles of design. They are also introduced to appropriate file storage and management procedures and experiment widely with digital media manipulation. Many skills associated with producing a body of digital work are developed.

Approaches to the use of different compositional devices, the application of natural and studio lighting and the incorporation of a range of lenses and filters is a focus. Students also develop an ability to manipulate their images further, practising many Photoshop techniques for specific effect. The history of photography, its pioneers and masters are studied as well as the development of photography into a modern art form.  Both teacher and student directed activities form a part of each unit.


Assessment Requirements

  • a Visual Arts Process Diary that may include examples of technical exercises and demonstrates an investigation of specific photographers and their work, techniques and approaches.
  • a major work or series of student-directed works
  • a written assignment which may take the forms of an exhibition report, essay or research task (900 – 1200-word limit)

The units below are designed for learning at both ‘T’ and ‘A’ levels.  Students studying at ‘T’ level cover the same content, but in greater detail.  It is also expected they will develop their skills more than students studying at ‘A’ level and this will be reflected in the assessment for individual units.

Students must begin their study at the first unit and study units sequentially.


Photography Practice – Prerequisite – Nil

This is a foundation unit and a prerequisite for all subsequent units.  It provides basic practical and theoretical knowledge on the history of Photography, using cameras, manipulating digital media and printing photographs.  Composition, and using manual mode to achieve correct exposure are the areas through which students explore and express their ideas.


Photography Communication – Prerequisite – Photography Practice

This unit builds upon skills acquired in the foundation unit with an emphasis on consolidating and expanding previous understanding of digital procedures in manual shooting mode and digital printing processes.  A study of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century photographic movements and associated photographers is included to enhance awareness of composition and photographic techniques.


Photography Applications – Prerequisite – Photography Practice, Photography Communication

This unit introduces students to a range of photographic applications, including portraiture and studio lighting, photojournalism, documentary photography and architecture photography. An understanding of the historical and contemporary contexts of several photographic applications in society is also a focus of this course.


Art Photography – Prerequisite – Photography Practice, Photography Communication

This unit focuses on artistic photographic approaches and processes and explores photography as a means of creative self-expression.  The history of photography as Art is investigated and several key art photographers are examined.  Students prepare portfolios of their work, based on a negotiated concept.

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