Level 1 Photography & Design

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs J. Benavides

What will I learn and how will I learn?
This course explores typography (styles of lettering), photography and design techniques using Photoshop and Indesign to bring these ideas together in practice. In this course students will design their own typography, develop an understanding of the visual elements of photography, e.g. line, shape, colour, balance and contrast, produce images related to a chosen theme and use Photoshop and Indesign to layout images, for magazine covers and double page magazine spreads. 

Please note that homework is an essential part of Photography & Design as photos usually need to be taken at home. Also, it is very useful for students to have their own camera as resources are limited.

Submitting Internal Assessment
Students must hand in their work to the teacher by the specified due date. If any work is missing or not handed in, they will receive a non-achieved, unless they supply a medical note and notify the teacher or HoLA (Mrs Chuck) beforehand.

Resubmission and Further Assessment Opportunities
Resubmissions can only be offered once and only when small errors or omissions need to be corrected in student work in a short period of time. There is no further teaching available. Further assessment opportunities are not available in every standard.

NOTE: Courses are subject to change with the review of courses at the end of each year. Achievement Standard 91018 is optional.

Course Overview

Term 1
Introduction to course: AS90915 - Research ( 2 weeks); Typography (4 weeks); Photography (5 weeks)
KEY DATES: AS90915 (Week 2: Research presentation; Week 6: Typography due; Week 10: Typography & photography)

Term 2
AS90915: Intro to Photoshop (1 week); Book cover concept (4 weeks); Development (3 weeks); Final book cover (1 week). All above work used in AS90916 (external)
KEY DATES: AS90915 (Week 10: Book work due for internal)

Term 3
AS90916: - Double page spread (5 weeks); - Development (2 weeks); - Final & mounting panels (3 weeks). AS90916: - Folio boards complete (1 week)
KEY DATES: (AS90916 - DPS Formative assessment; Week 10: Derived Grade examination)

Term 4
AS90915 - Internal resubmissions (2 weeks); AS90918 - Media and methods (3 weeks)
KEY DATE: NZQA External folio due

Recommended Prior Learning

Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed Year 10 Art, Year 10 Product Design, Year 10 Technology Design, or by approval from the Teacher in Charge or the Head of Arts Learning Area.


Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

This course is approved for University Entrance.

Total Credits Available: 22 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90915 v2
Visual Arts 1.3 - Use drawing conventions to develop work in more than one field of practice
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 6
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 90916 v3
Visual Arts 1.4 - Produce a body of work informed by established practice, which develops ideas, using a range of media
Level: 1
Internal or External: External
Credits: 12
Level 1 Literacy Credits: 0
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91018 v3
Art History 1.4 - Demonstrate knowledge of media and methods used to produce art works
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0

Term: 4, Week: 3

Credit Summary
Total Credits: 22
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 4
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
TotalNumeracy Credits: 0

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