L2 Photography - Semester A

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: J. Mears

Level 2 Photography - Invented Images

Level 2 Photography is a camera based Visual Arts drawing course. It is a course for students who have achieved Level 1 Visual Arts and want to expand their skills into Digital Photography with an emphasis on making Art with a Camera. The course covers camera, lighting studio and editing and layout skills using Adobe LIghtroom, Photoshop and InDesign. 

In Semester A Photographers work through two internal achievement standards, the first (2.2) using established photography practice to learn about photography conventions and the many ways to make Art with a camera and the second (2.3) they expanding their knowledge of photography conventions and develop ideas by making and editing a series of related Photography drawings using the Adobe Creative Suite to edit and order their artworks.

Photography develops visual thinking and compositional skills. It leads to  Level 3 Photography and compliments many pathways within the Creative and Visual Arts. Further study in Fine Arts or Design will lead to rewarding career outcomes.


L2 Photography - Semester B

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Basic art materials such as communal pens and pencils, access to specialty photography will be available. It is recommended that students have a take home kit that includes a good design pen, a highlighter, a quality visual diary plus a USB stick drive.

The Kaipara College Art Department also provides limited loan DSLR cameras (on signing of a loan agreement) plus free access to the Adobe Creative Suite and a limited number of PC's for student use.

It is recommended that students that take this course have access to their own DSLR camera, laptop or computer as that will enhance their ability to keep up with the course at home and at school.

Students will be able to place a stationery order at the start of the year to purchase the materials that they want for their personal practice or are free to supply their own.

Prior Learning & Prerequisites


Achieved in Level 1 Visual Arts External Boards

If students wish to take Semester B - the external Photography Portfolio Boards they must have first achieve the internal Level 2 Photography standards offered in Semester A (see details below). 

This course is the prerequisite for Level 3 Photography which is a UE accredited course.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement, however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

This course is approved for University Entrance however, you will need to select both Semester A and B.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91312 v2 Visual Arts 2.2 - Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to photography
A.S. 91317 v2 Visual Arts 2.3 - Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established photography practice
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.

Pathway Tags

Digital ArtistArtist, Tattoo Artist, Film/Television Camera Operator, Conservator, Jeweller, Curator, Teacher, Exhibition and Collections Technician, Lighting Technician, Photographer


Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.