NCEA Level 1 Mixed Media and Photography

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs M. Malcolm

The course will provide students with the opportunity to explore digital photography and photo manipulation using a variety of software processes.  Students will also be exploring basic drawing and painting techniques. The goal of the course is to prepare students for Level 2 Photography, both in theory and practical approaches. Students will learn about the functioning of a digital camera to control aperture and shutter speed to create different effects.

Students also will learn how to build on fine art concepts in the field of Photography. Artist models will be used to answer a brief, focusing on contemporary visual culture both in New Zealand and internationally. Students will be required to draw and paint from observation as a part of this course.

Career pathways include Journalistic Photography, Fashion Photography, Advertising, Television and Film Production, and Fine Arts and Portrait Photography. 

Please note: Students can only choose ONE Visual Art subject at Level 1(choose from Photography, Sculpture or Paint and Print).

If students take this course they are able to opt into any other art subject in level 2.


Subject Overview

Term 1
Introduction to using a DSLR camera.
Fun and practical activities taking photos around the school
Basic drawing skills
Wet media

Term 2
Development of Photographic skills
Internal assessment tasks
Begin portfolio tasks

Term 3
Portfolio activities

Term 4
Completion and submission of portfolio work


NCEA Level 2 Art Painting, NCEA Level 2 Design, NCEA Level 2 Photography, NCEA Level 2 Sculpture

Selecting level 1 Mixed Media and Photography can lead onto any level 2 Art subject.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

OTHER COSTS: Camera preferably with an aperture priority setting. It is recommended that students purchase their own cameras if they intend to carry on to Levels 2 & 3.
Art pack purchase is strongly recommended for this course. The price for this is dependent on suppliers, but the cost will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Recommended Prior Learning

It is preferable that students have completed year 10 art, however this is not absolutely essential. 

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90914 v3 Visual Arts 1.2 - Use drawing methods and skills for recording information using wet and dry media
A.S. 90915 v2 Visual Arts 1.3 - Use drawing conventions to develop work in more than one field of practice
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
Total Credits

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