NCEA Level 1 Art: Design & Photography

Course Description

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NCEA Level 1 Art: Design & Photography

At Level 1 you can only choose one Visual Arts course.

Level 1 Art: Design & Photography is a practical course exploring digital photography and design and is suitable for students who have not previously taken Art. You will explore ideas, technical processes and artist models, while expanding your design and photography visual vocabulary.

Across the year you will create a large body of work, linked together with a chosen theme. You will learn to use a digital SLR camera to express yourself and use your images as a resource base for an exploration of design ideas. The darkroom will also be utilised to create a series of work using black and white photography processes. 

You will develop skills using the Adobe Creative Suite software and use the design process to create solutions to design problems. You will also look at established design and photography artists to interpret how and why art is made.

This course helps students develop core thinking skills across a wide range of cross-curricular activities using digital media.

The creative and technical techniques covered in this programme will be directly beneficial
for NCEA Level 2 Visual Art subjects - Photography, Design and Art History.


NCEA Level 2 Accounting

leads on to a job in accountant or money things

Contributions and Equipment/ Stationary

There is a Stationary Fee of $60 for Level 1 Art: Design and Photography which covers the cost of specialist take home materials and a workbook.
Students will have access to digital SLR cameras and lenses, but having their own camera will be an advantage.

Recommended Prior Learning

Successful completion of Year 10 Art or Year 10 Photography is an advantage.

Credit Information

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
A.S. 90845 v2 Business Studies 2.3 - Apply business knowledge to a critical problem(s) in a given large business context
A.S. 90944 v4 Science 1.5 - Demonstrate understanding of aspects of acids and bases
A.S. 90998 v2 Drama 1.3 - Demonstrate understanding of features of a drama/theatre form
A.S. 90999 v4 Drama 1.4 - Use features of a drama/theatre form in a performance
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 16 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 4 credits.

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